Top 10 SDN Solution Companies - 2020

A discussion of technology always has inherent value, particularly from an educational perspective. But from a practical standpoint, the reason technology exists is to deliver functional benefits. In Software Defined Networking (SDN), that value primarily derives from what the applications can do. Therefore no discussion of SDN is complete without considering the specific benefits of applications. One common application will be path computation or end-to-end provisioning. Over the years, many methods have sought to provide a Path Computation Element (PCE). One attempt was to embed the PCE into the Network Element (NE). In fact, this idea is the opposite concept from SDN because it mingles the control and data layers. From a practical standpoint, merging these two layers has several limitations. One is that, because the hardware on the NEs is limited, the scale of the domain this hardware manages is also limited. SDN overcomes this issue by the very nature of the hardware it runs on, specifically a server.

Furthermore, SDN can create a programmable network by taking both next-generation systems and existing infrastructure and making them substantially more dynamic. It does this by bringing disparate systems and technologies together under a common management system to utilize them to their full potential. By using abstraction, SDN can simplify the software needed to deliver services, improving the use of the network and shortening delivery times, leading to increased revenue.

Through this edition of CIOReview, our editorial team wishes to highlight the top players within the SDN sector, aiming to showcase eventful avenues in the arena through a peer to peer knowledge delivery approach.

CIOReview proudly presents its list of “10 Most Promising SDN Solution Providers – 2020.”

    SDN Solutions Companies

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    Citrix provides technology that empowers organizations to unlock their potential & deliver a better employee experience. Their goal is to give people the space to succeed & do their best work - wherever they are. The company's platform brings intelligence, virtualization, workspace and app delivery, a zero-trust security approach, and data analytics together into a seamless experience that fosters innovation, resilience, and business continuity

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    Federos is a leading provider of AI-optimized assurance, analytics, and automation solutions that monitor and manage the availability and performance of critical networks and services. The firm’s solutions ensure the services, applications, and infrastructure that businesses rely on by predicting and resolving incidents that can cause widespread outages, SLA violations, and customer churn. Federos enables global Communications Service Providers (CSPs), Managed Service Providers (MSPs), and other enterprises with complex and large scale networks to transform their operations, accelerate time-to-revenue, reduce costs, improve efficiency, and deliver exceptional customer service

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    Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Digital Voice solutions. GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Digital Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide. GeoLinks’ flagship product, ClearFiber, offers dedicated business-class Internet with unlimited bandwidth, true network redundancy, and guaranteed speeds reaching up to 10 Gbps. GeoLinks’ ClearFiber network is backed by a carrier-grade Service Level Agreement boasting 99.999 percent uptime and 24/7 in-house customer support

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    HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC) is a leading international fixed-line operator. The company owns an extensive network and infrastructure in Hong Kong and overseas and provides various kinds of services. HGC has 23 overseas offices, with business over 5 continents. It provides telecom infrastructure service to other operators and serves as a service provider to corporate and households. The company provides full-fledged telecom, data centre services, ICT solutions and broadband services for local, overseas, corporate and mass markets

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    SoftIron® is the world-leader in task-specific appliances for scale-out data center solutions. SoftIron eliminates vendor lock-in, siloed operations, and complexity to enable flexible, efficient, scalable, and high-performing outcomes. We do this by creating task-specific appliances that leverage leading open-source software - all of which are designed, built, and assembled transparently

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    Tellabs is leading the future of networking with access solutions for today, poised to deliver services for the future. Tellabs’ software-defined network management delivers scalability and LAN agility through software-based actions, M2M automation and plug-and-play of sub-tended IoT devices in smart buildings. The system also improves security as it has fewer points of vulnerability (fewer devices and fewer complex full-functioning devices). Further, it delivers better network stability with high network availability with fewer moving parts with lower operational costs and capital costs

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    XipLink delivers the industry’s most advanced bandwidth optimization solutions for use on VSAT, Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) and terrestrial wireless networks. The XA-Appliance family scales from low cost devices to high-performance multi-core platforms operating at gigabit speeds and over 150,000 simultaneous TCP connections

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    Certes Networks

    Certes Networks

    Certes Networks protects data in transit with leading, software-defined security solutions deployed for both large and small commercial and government networks around the world. The company’s award-winning CFNC® software and CEP appliances safeguard application traffic in physical, virtual and Cloud environments, enabling secure connectivity over any infrastructure without compromising network device or application performance

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    MEF's mission is to drive development of a global federation of dynamic, trusted, and certified network services that power enterprise digital transformation. The company pursue their mission by gathering together the industry and its experts from both business and technology to develop, debate and deliver practical, business-impacting standards and software artifacts

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    Versa Networks

    Versa Networks

    Versa enables simplicity, speed, and agility for the digital era by transforming how the enterprises build, deploy, and operate WANs and secure branch connectivity services. The software-based networking and security Cloud IP runs on x86 servers or white box appliances, combined with management, orchestration, and analytics. Its broad set of integrated, advanced networking and security services deliver SD-WAN (Software-Defined WAN) and Software-Defined Security (SD-Security) in the co-location, data center, and cloud. Using Versa’s solution, enterprises see up to 80% lower WAN, branch infrastructure and circuit costs, and up to 50% savings over traditional WAN scenarios due to lower-cost Internet circuits, zero-touch deployments, and automation