Pacnet is looking to appeal to carriers and enterprises trying to get a piece of the cloud services market with the launch of its Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN) platform that uses software-defined networking (SDN) to adapt to bandwidth needs as they arise.
The service provider said that with its Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) model, PEN enables carrier and enterprise customers to dynamically provision bandwidth based on their particular needs in "minutes."
Through its foundation of data centers and submarine cable systems, PEN users can create what Pacnet calls a "virtualized cross-connected environment."
By using OpenFlow, an open-source technology, PEN allows customers to get "seamless connectivity" to a hybrid cloud service environment and the ability to pick the cloud vendor of their choice.
With a full launch expected in the first quarter of 2014, PEN will be able to address customers that have needs in the Asia Pacific market. They will be able to provision a network from its Hong Kong data center to their on-premises facilities in Australia.
PEN is just one of several new initiatives that Pacnet has taken on recently to differentiate itself in the lucrative high speed wholesale and multi-national corporation (MNC) market segments. The service provider recently debuted a 100G wavelength service between the Asia Pacific region and the United States and established an External-Network to Network (E-NNI) agreement with tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC).
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