Cumulus Networks, Vodafone complete successful trial

Cumulus Networks, the leaders in building open, modern, and scalable networks, and Vodafone, one of the world´s largest telecommunications companies, has announced a successful live network trial with the Facebook-designed Voyager optical “whitebox,” the industry´s first open packet-optical transport system, the company said.

Voyager was initially contributed by Facebook to TIP, a community focused on accelerating the pace of innovation in the telecom industry, and now several companies are working together on the development of the platform. The success of the trial demonstrates the readiness of the Voyager technology and its possibility to transform the boundaries of optical networks for telecommunications companies around the world.

With the increased demand for Internet and bandwidth-intensive apps on mobile devices, companies like Vodafone are seeking a scalable yet cost-effective long-haul interconnect solution to bring a disaggregated networking model to optical networks.

The goal of the live trial was to showcase the future of applying this approach to optical networks and to provide more flexibility to handle real time dynamics using Voyager, combined with a Software Defined Network (SDN) controller. Vodafone used the Voyager devices with a network OS by Cumulus Networks and a NetOS Software Defined Network orchestration from Zeetta Networks on a live network in Spain.

Cumulus Networks is the transformation of bringing web-scale networking to enterprise cloud. As the only systems solution that fully unlocks the vertical network stacks of the modern data center, Cumulus Linux allows companies of all sizes to affordably build and efficiently operate their networks just like the world´s largest data centers. By allowing operators to use standard hardware components, Cumulus Networks offers unprecedented operational speed and agility, at the industry´s most competitive cost. Cumulus Networks has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Peter Wagner and four of the original VMware founders.