Published On: Mon, Apr 9th, 2018

ECI’s Neptune Portfolio Meeting the Challenge of the New Metro

With Elastic MPLS flexibly supporting IP/MPLS, MPLS-TP, Carrier Ethernet and now Segment Routing

The metro network is a diverse on-ramp for residential, enterprise and wireless services where a mix of Ethernet, TDM and IP protocols and services all converge for transport to the IP Core. Targeted at the metro network and mindful of the diversity of service providers and their networks, ECI designed the Neptune portfolio with Elastic MPLS to flexibly support IP/MPLS, MPLS-TP and Carrier Ethernet services.

With support for stitching and interworking, parts of the network can be deployed with MPLS-TP while other parts utilize IP/MPLS. Elastic MPLS is smart enough to interwork between the two domains and sets of protocols, creating a seamless networking experience for service providers. ECI is also committed to helping service providers develop open, disaggregated, flexible and programmable networks. Neptune software currently supports open interfaces and advanced data modeling with REST APIs, NETCONF and YANG.

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As networks change and workloads become virtualized and shift to public and private data centers, network designs and architectures are also evolving beyond traditional MPLS-TP and IP/MPLS solutions. As service providers migrate toward SDN, two powerful approaches have emerged: utilization of segment routing to reduce control plane protocol complexity and external path computation for increased scale and enhanced best-path calculations. By relocating path computation out of the routers and centralizing PCE per domain or hierarchically across multiple domains, service providers can enable PCE to scale compute resources independently from the underlying network elements. ECI is now augmenting Elastic MPLS and the Muse Software Suite with the inclusion of segment routing, Path Computation Element (PCE) and Path Computation Element Protocol

Consistent with ECI’s longstanding commitment to multi-vendor interoperability, ECI is participating in the 2018 European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) multivendor showcase as part of the 2018 MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress that runs April 10−13, 2018. If you are attending the conference, stop by and talk with ECI about how you can evolve your network with Elastic MPLS and segment routing.

To read more about ECI’s Elastic MPLS enhancements, click to download ACG Research’s market impact report.

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