Equinix joins ngena
Oct 5, 2017
An important day for ngena! As one of the first alliance partners, Deutsche Telekom is launching its new global network offering for enterprises based on the ngena platform. The official press release from September 21, 2017 states:
Effective immediately, Deutsche Telekom is offering its corporate customers rapidly deployable network connections and services. The new telecommunications offering is based on the ngena network – the Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (www.ngena.net). Through the global alliance, which Deutsche Telekom set up together with partners, a hitherto internationally unrivaled business model was set up in the industry. All ngena partners share their networks and connect them to a global, highly standardized network.
The network is based on the state-of-the-art technology and is managed by software. As such, multinational corporate customers in particular can roll out corporate networks and data connections as virtual private networks (VPN) much faster than before. The advantage is obvious: International enterprise customers benefit from networks that can be set up quickly either via the Internet or via dedicated lines. Deutsche Telekom customers can thus respond quicker to new business conditions in the wake of digitization.
Patrick Molck-Ude, who is responsible for network business for Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customers, says: “With our global network offering we are striking a chord with multinational customers. Network services that are quickly deployable, more secure, more powerful and global are the engine for the industrial production of the future and a growth area for Deutsche Telekom. The global market for network access and transport services for corporate networks is already worth 50 billion U.S. dollars and is increasing by 3.5 percent annually.”
DT first member with network offering “powered by ngena”
Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, T-Systems, is the first alliance partner to launch a network offering based on the ngena platform. Dubbed “Smart SD-WAN powered by ngena,” it is available in the access variants XS, S or M – depending on whether the network access is configured singly or redundantly, and whether it is provided via the Internet, Ethernet, or a combination of the two. With the standardized and automated “Smart SD-WAN” offering, T-Systems is supplementing its existing classic IPVPN offering IntraSelect, which can be tailored to specific customer requirements.
The new network product also supports other services in addition to secure worldwide networking of company sites as VPN. These include the secure regional gateway from the corporate networks to the Internet using firewalls, or the intelligent management of network traffic depending on priority class. The offering is initially geared to enterprises with German procurement (Germany outbound). Sales in other countries will gradually follow, along with additional access variants and services as well as a broader coverage of countries.
ngena network already covers wide parts of the globe
Smart SD WAN is based on the partner model from ngena, the Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (www.ngena.net) which Deutsche Telekom together with co-founders CenturyLink, Reliance Jio, and SK Telekom set up at the beginning of 2016. Numerous other telecommunications providers who link their own networks via a central platform to form a global infrastructure have since joined the alliance. These include Altice with SFR and Portugal Telecom, Neutrona, PCCW Global as well as technology partners Cisco, Comarch and Equinix. Other partners are set to join soon.
ngena Managing Director Marcus Hacke says: “The launch of the Deutsche Telekom offering is an important milestone for our young company. We are ensuring that ngena is connecting up more and more telecommunications providers worldwide. To do so we are expanding our own network along with the access nodes worldwide. The first network nodes in Germany, the United States, China and South Korea are already active. By the end of the year there should be around ten, providing us with more comprehensive coverage of the regions of North and South America, Europe and Asia.”
You can read the full press release here: https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/dt-launches-global-network-offering-for-enterprises-504074
In addition, Deutsche Telekom also published a video, explaining their offerer for enterprise customers. You can watch the video here:
Since August 2017, Jörg is the Head of Marketing at Frankfurt-based telecommunications start-up ngena, the ‘Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance’, where he is responsible for building a global brand for the international telco alliance. Before joining ngena, he worked as Head of Communications Central Europe at British Cloud software vendor Sage Group plc for more than 10 years. From 2004 to 2007 he acted as Director Internal & External Communications at British telco operator COLT Telecom. Jörg, who holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Comparative Literature, started his career as a journalist for the German IT-business magazine iCONOMY.