Intelsat’s SD-WAN over Satellite Access demonstration has won the 2019 Service Implementation of the Year award at the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 3.0 Proof-of-Concept Showcase in Los Angeles. The annual event, hosted by international industry consortium MEF, focuses on the interoperability of connectivity services and brings carriers and technology providers together to showcase innovative real-world applications of the MEF 3.0 interoperability framework. Intelsat’s proof-of-concept illustrated how the current MEF lifecycle service orchestration standards can enable customers to implement and manage remote site connectivity across different network providers, different network types (terrestrial and space), and different SD-WAN technology vendors – all through a single user portal.
Intelsat’s partners on the demo included SD-WAN vendors 128 Networks and Nuage Networks (a Nokia company); terrestrial service provider CMC Networks; SD-WAN CPE vendor Kontron; software and services providers Infovista and Cloudify; and business/network consulting company GDX.
SD-WAN technology simplifies the implementation and management of enterprise networks. Pairing the technology with satellite-based services provides unique value to an enterprise that other solutions on the market today cannot offer, including global reach that enables connectivity in locations where alternatives are not available, unreliable, or are too expensive; quick time-to-deploy to almost anywhere on the globe, reducing the time needed to bring up new sites; improved site resiliency and immunity to local fiber cuts and terrestrial outages; always-on capacity providing an additional layer of connectivity, especially for applications with broadcast requirements; and unique to satellite-based service, the ability to share capacity across multiple locations in the same region and distribute capacity as application and site needs dictate.