Telecommunications provider BT and the New South Wales government have announced the launch of a global cybersecurity research and development (R&D) centre in Sydney. The NSW government's Jobs for NSW invested AU$1.67 million in support of the centre, the state's Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean said, with BT making a AU$2 million investment in capital infrastructure. "This facility is a major boost for our economy, and will be a real-time nerve centre protecting large enterprises, industries, governments, and even nations from cyber attack," Kean said. BT will also make a "multimillion investment" in order to employ cybersecurity specialists, Kean added. According to BT, the cybersecurity hub expands on its already existing security operations centre (SOC) in North Sydney, and will provide 172 new jobs over the next five years, including 38 graduate positions.
BT said the new platform, labelled the BT Personalised Compute Management System (PCMS), allows customers to access, purchase, and bring their own digital services to market within around 12 weeks. It utilises BT's "cloud of clouds" solution, which connects customers to cloud collaboration apps, security services, third-party datacentres, customer datacentres, and third-party cloud services including Cisco, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle, HPE, Salesforce, Equinix, Google, and IBM Softlayer. Businesses can choose to consume these services themselves, onsell them to their own customers, or cross-sell them to other PCMS users. According to BearingPoint Digital Ecosystem Management CEO Angus Ward, PCMS has combined his company's expertise in digital business transformation with BT's "skills in digital platform management". The first stage enables customers to turn up and down the speeds they're using at will under consumption-based pricing, BT said, which is aimed at aiding the increasing uptake of cloud solutions.
China Telecom Global (CTG) has announced selecting Versa Networks to provide its software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) technology and software-defined security (SD-Security) solutions. CTG -- the international subsidiary of state-owned China Telecom -- will deploy Versa's portfolio of virtualised network and security functions in 15 cloud hubs across the globe to attain "distributed reach and centralised control". Versa, which is backed by Verizon Ventures, Sequoia, Mayfield, and Artis Ventures, will use its multi-tenant SD-WAN services to enable a cloud-native, software-based network architecture for CTG with integrated SD-Security, allowing customers to monitor, manage, and control network applications and data traffic flow. CTG's network enables Chinese corporations to scale globally -- with the addition of SD-WAN also strengthening the provider's own efforts to gain more local and international customers. "CTG's cloud-native, Versa-based network architecture will benefit enterprises in China as they look to expand beyond the mainland," Versa said.
Telstra has announced a "major platform update" to the Telstra Programmable Network (TPN), partnering with VeloCloud to deploy a virtual branch network software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) solution, with Telstra calling it a first for Asia Pacific. "Businesses can now shift their branch network into the cloud by deploying a single Juniper Networks Universal CPE device onsite, and using a marketplace of virtual network functions to deploy the required services, all through Telstra Programmable Network," Telstra explained. The use of a Universal CPE (uCPE) device will allow customers to deploy the TPN to their branch locations, virtualising their physical hardware at each site by enabling VeloCloud's SD-WAN solution to operate as a virtual network function on the TPN ecosystem. According to Michelle Bendschneider, ED of Telstra Global Products, the SD-WAN solution provides an "intelligent layer" to the flexibility of virtualised networks. "We are the only company in Australia and across APAC that can offer virtual branch networking, VeloCloud SD-WAN, and zero touch management all in the cloud, powered through Telstra Programmable Network," Bendschneider said, explaining that Telstra is the first APAC company to deploy VeloCloud virtually through SD-WAN.
That abstraction is at the core of SDX. Instead of having to configure and maintain any technology manually – from network equipment to servers and beyond – it's now possible to shift the control to centralized software. Now, if companies need to adjust which traffic goes over which connection, or establish granular rules about who can leverage which services over which network, admins can configure and manage all such choices from a simple dashboard. For enterprises looking at SD-WAN solutions, the challenge is differentiating the solutions on the market. Superficially, all vendors offer similar capabilities.