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BTI Systems Launches SDN-Enabled Platform

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Canadian networking software and systems company BTI Systems announced Intelligent Cloud Connect, an open software-rich platform that combines network intelligence and application awareness with significantly expanded capacity and scale. It is an inter-data center networking solution developed specifically to meet the stringent performance, scale, economics and agility demands of the cloud.

Intelligent Cloud Connect combines the intelligence and flexibility of routing with the capacity and scale of optical bolstered by the efficiencies and extensibility of applications integration. It is a SDN-enabled integrated platform that allows content and service providers to rapidly scale new services, while reducing operational complexities and cost. It will replace the need to continue to purchase separate optical transport devices, switches, router ports, and network application appliances to handle and manage inter-data center traffic growth, with more control and flexibility to optimize services.

“Legacy WAN solutions are not designed to optimize the dramatic gains achieved in today’s highly virtualized data centers,” said BTI Systems President and CEO Steve Waszak. “Intelligent Cloud Connect enables providers to create highly programmable network fabrics for improved applications performance, operational efficiencies as well as service innovation demands. Customers can literally ‘cap and grow,’ retaining existing equipment investments, while decreasing additional cost outlays and efficiently supporting bandwidth and capacity demands. Large content providers are validating that we have effectively addressed their requirements while reducing significant operational headaches and costs.”

The new solution features a software-rich platform with open APIs, and that integrates a converged fabric with integrated high-performance applications modules and 10G/100G forwarding modules. Open APIs enable content and service providers to integrate rich, high-performance network optimization applications developed by BTI and by third parties. Intelligent Cloud Connect benefits include large scale capacity with low-latency, SDN-enabled management and control, and increased differentiation, control and applications performance.

“Data centers are becoming major confluence points for high rates of traffic growth: interconnecting data centers, and connecting data centers to access networks or peering points,” said Ovum Vice President and Practice Leader Dana Cooperson. “As data centers are becoming much more critical in support of public and private cloud services, they are becoming both larger and more widely distributed, adding pressure on the connecting networks to scale, deliver higher-performance and differentiated services, and improve economics. BTI’s Intelligent Cloud Connect, with its focus on high-availability, high-capacity, open, application-aware, and even applications-based networking, supports these goals.”

$10 Million Funding

Building on unparalleled global demand from content and service providers BTI Systems announced $10 million in new growth capital. The Series C funding was led by Bain Capital Ventures and adds to the more than $33 million total that BTI Systems has raised since 2011. The funding will be used to scale BTI’s operations and accelerate the delivery of Intelligent Cloud Connect.

“BTI Systems continues to enjoy tremendous growth based on our ability to understand our customers’ networking challenges and opportunities – paired with our ability to consistently deliver solutions that greatly improve the way they run their networks and business models,” said BTI Systems President and CEO Steve Waszak. “We’re excited to be expanding our relationship with our investors and we’re using those funds to bring new and even more powerful innovations to content and service providers worldwide.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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