Pacnet Enabled Network Delivers Networking as a Service

What happens when you apply a cloud model of flexible scaling and include SDN and pay-per-use to the network?

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Nov 18, 2013
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For organizations looking to provision network connectivity, the ability to rapidly scale and add bandwidth on demand has never been an easy exercise. Asian service provider Pacnet is aiming to change that with its new Pacnet Enabled Network, which, for the first time, provides networking as a service, on demand.

The Pacnet Enabled Network debuted earlier this month during the OpenStack Summit held in Hong Kong. In a video interview, Jim Fagan, president of managed services at Pacnet, explained what the new service is all about and how it could revolutionize the way organizations consume networking services.

Fagan said that Pacnet's carrier assets allow it to deliver networking as a service. He explained that the Pacnet Enabled Network is a fully provisioned point-to-point network that enables the provisioning of enterprise-grade private connectivity. Pacnet is leveraging the OpenFlow SDN protocol as an enabler for building out its network as a service offering.

Provisioning private connectivity from servers from one location to another usually takes 15 to 20 business days. Fagan said that Pacnet's new service cuts that provisioning time down to a matter of minutes.

From a pricing perspective, instead of requiring organizations to purchase connectivity for fixed-term contracts, the new service enables organizations to set up connectivity for whatever length of time they want. Fagan said that organizations can now provision connectivity for only an hour if that's what they need.

Looking beyond just bandwidth, the vision for the new service is to enable an era of federated clouds. Fagan said that his company now gives customers the same cloud attributes of burst, scalability and pay-as-you-go in the network, that they have come to expect in their existing data center server infrastructure.

Watch the full video and demo on Pacnet's networking on demand service below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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