Comcast launches ActiveCore SDN platform

Thursday 14 September 2017 | 09:35 CET | News

Comcast has introduced what is say is the first cable-delivered, gig-ready SDN platform in the US. The Comcast Business ActiveCore SDN platform will help companies better manage their networks, systems and costs across multiple locations, branch offices or data centres. Comcast also announced Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) as the first business product powered by the ActiveCore platform. Several SD-WAN customers have already signed up to the platform, including Jim Ellis Automotive Group in Atlanta, Georgia, with 15 locations and over 1,000 employees.

Comcast said the new platform is a robust and future-proof alternative to legacy MPLS systems, with the capacity to scale up or down and to more easily troubleshoot. The platform delivers new services and network changes via software rather than through individually-managed and customized hardware, and features an embedded orchestration capability, allowing it to seamlessly deliver and manage multiple virtualized network functions (VNF). When combined with an open, extensible IT infrastructure, Comcast said ActiveCore delivers better application performance, shorter deployment cycles, and greater business agility at lower costs. The platform can be paired with Comcast’s high-performance, DOCSIS 3.1-based gigabit broadband service.

The new Business SD-WAN combines secure IP-VPN, application-aware routing, and a stateful network firewall, all delivered over the public internet via a carrier-class IP-backbone. With Comcast Business SD-WAN on the ActiveCore platform, customers can augment or replace their existing network with an alternative, providing bandwidth, reliability and flexibility. Comcast Business plans to add additional ActiveCore VNFs in the near future which complement SD-WAN.

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