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Our vision for a new kind of network

Network

Posted on May 15, 2017

3 min read

In the age of digital disruption, an organisation’s network needs to support its future growth, whether that involves expanding into new markets, creating new products or improving efficiency.

The Telstra Programmable Network will help our customers meet these challenges by providing a single integrated and intelligent platform that provides flexible and dynamic access to our high bandwidth, low latency and secure networks.

The Telstra Programmable Network will combine our Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) capabilities, cloud platform and data centres, and global and Australian networks in one integrated and intelligent platform that provides a network-as-a-service with global reach.

Our vision for the Telstra Programmable Network is to help businesses optimise their IT through automated, on-demand and near real-time provisioning, consumption-based pricing and new data insights on network usage. It will bring together all of our SDN technologies, including PEN – Telstra’s first globally connected on-demand networking platform – and continue their development under one vision, architecture and investment program.

This new network will be programmable at its core and will automate the provisioning of new applications and services so businesses can quickly add new services and capabilities that deliver better end user experiences without significant infrastructure upgrades. Customers will also get simple and secure access to multiple cloud services via a simple user interface.

Our international IP-based Virtual Private Network (IPVPN) customers will also be able to access the Telstra Programmable Network’s capabilities from our 2,000 points of presence worldwide after launch. This includes extending their network via Telstra’s portal or API to access the internet and a range of public cloud services including Amazon Web Services and IBM SoftLayer.

Enhancing our world-class network to support the Telstra Programmable Network

In an important step in rolling out the Telstra Programmable Network, we will implement a significant capability upgrade of our core international IP network in the coming months. This will introduce increased bandwidth and flexibility, which the Telstra Programmable Network will demand.

In addition to supporting the Telstra Programmable Network, these enhancements will also expand our global peering program, which will increase peering capacity by up to 70 per cent, and provide enhanced security with traffic segregation capability to mitigate DDoS traffic.

These initial investments will establish the groundwork for the Telstra Programmable Network with future enhancements, such as orchestrated real-time SD-WAN and security, to be announced in the coming months.

We see the need for a new type of networking infrastructure and the enhancements to our international IP core network and creation of a new software-enabled platform provide the building blocks needed to support the roll out of the Telstra Programmable Network, which leverages our world-class network.

Ultimately, the Telstra Programmable Network will empower our customers to grow their business in the most efficient, dynamic way possible.

Find out more about our vision for about vison for the Telstra Programmable Network.