ADVA Optical Networking Launches Hypervisor for Optical Network Virtualization
February 2017 by Marc Jacob
ADVA Optical Networking launched its FSP Network Hypervisor - a key component in the drive to virtualize optical networks. The software has been specifically developed to help service providers automate service discovery and service activation, especially when paired with the ADVA FSP 3000 DCI and network infrastructure solution. It creates an abstracted view of the underlying physical infrastructure, helping to decouple the complexities of managing photonic transmission systems while enabling greater network automation and optimization. Already showcased in multiple public demos and various proof-of-concept installations, the ADVA FSP Network Hypervisor has been engineered to work with all open source and commercial SDN controllers. The software will be showcased at this year’s OFC and will be included in the Optical Internetworking Forum’s read-out event for its SDN transport API interoperability testing.
The ADVA FSP Network Hypervisor has been tailor-made to help migrate legacy networks to cloud-optimized infrastructures. One of the key elements here is a hypervisor that can act as a domain controller for the optical layer. With this software, service providers can move away from static networks to far more automated and responsive cloud architectures. The ADVA FSP Network Hypervisor essentially assists service providers with topology discovery and abstraction, connectivity management, path computation and notifications. This in turn leads to self-provisioned services, automated resiliency and optimized resource utilization. These are critical features for any CSP or ICP seeking real-time cloud connectivity and multi-layer network optimization, especially for SDN/NFV-centric network architectures, such as the central office re-architected as a data center (CORD).