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Overture Announces First Commercial Pure-Play NFV Deployment With Coalition of Global Technology Leaders

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Overture today announced that Masergy is the first service provider to deploy carrier-class, pure-play network functions virtualization (NFV) at the edge of the network. Masergy leverages NFV solutions from Overture, Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD), Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) and Intel in a distributed model as part of its ongoing network evolution to gain greater service agility and provide customers with the services they want in real-time. Improved agility leads toward significant revenue upside, as Masergy is now be able to deliver new and advanced premium services quickly and easily.

“Our primary focus is on service agility and our pure-play NFV deployment sets the stage for immediate response to customer requests,” said Tim Naramore, Masergy’s chief technology officer. “Masergy has long been an innovator, providing our customers with solutions that give them real-time control and the ability to get the services they need, when they want them. With this launch, we’re adding incredibly agile and flexible solutions to our Managed Network f(n)™ family of distributed, fully managed network functions.”

Masergy’s NFV deployment, Virtual f(n)™, comprises virtualized network services at the edge of the network and is based on the Overture Ensemble Carrier Ethernet (ECE), Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter and Fortinet FortiGate-VM firewall virtualized network functions (VNFs) running on the Overture 65vSE VNF compute node platform, based on the Intel® Atom processor, at the customer premise. These open software solutions are optimized for performance with the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), resulting in Gigabit throughput on par with appliance-based Carrier Ethernet 2.0 performance. Masergy’s award-winning Intelligent Service Control (ISC) portal allows customers to directly add, remove and configure network functions themselves, transforming their enterprises with open, dynamic and flexible service delivery.

“Communication service providers are increasingly investing in NFV to unlock potential new revenue,” noted Tom Nolle, president of consulting firm CIMI Corporation. “NFV is not just about reducing front-end capital expenses. It's not even primarily about opex reduction, though that's important. It’s about trillions of dollars in revenue upside gained when providers create new services by exploiting service agility and network flexibility. The focus on agility as the key driver is exactly what I recommend to every provider considering NFV.”

“The promise of pure software-based NFV has become a reality. Other operators have been taking a hybrid approach, using software functionality in existing Layer 2 devices or leveraging proprietary features in backbone switching equipment to deliver NFV-like services,” said Prayson Pate, Overture’s chief technology officer. “Masergy’s deployment, with our Ensemble Carrier Ethernet platform as the foundation, shows how a completely software-defined NFV environment can deliver performance comparable to today’s hardware-based solutions.”

“We work closely with Intel® Network Builders members, including Overture, to ensure that their NFV solutions meet the stringent requirements of operator networks,” said Lynn Comp, Director of Market Development, Intel Network Platforms Group. “These collaborative efforts with the ecosystem have helped service providers understand the many benefits of running virtual network functions on open, Intel® architecture-based systems in their deployments.”

Additional information about this pure-play NFV solution and deployment can be obtained at www.overturenetworks.com/first-deploy and via email at pr@overturenetworks.com and pr@masergy.com.

About Masergy
Masergy owns and operates the largest independent global cloud networking platform for enterprises. Our managed solutions help businesses compete in the global marketplace with real-time analytics, unified communications as a service, security as a service and software defined network control. Masergy's patented technology, customizable solutions and unmatched customer experience are why a growing number of global enterprises rely on Masergy to deliver performance beyond expectations. For more information about Masergy visit www.masergy.com or follow us on Twitter @Masergy, Blog, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Overture Networks
Overture transforms delivery of dynamic communications, media and data services with Ensemble OSA®, the only carrier-class open network functions virtualization (NFV) solution providing analytics-driven orchestration and control. With hundreds of CSP customers worldwide Overture is revolutionizing the way we connect, communicate and captivate. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, Overture is an industry leader in the development of innovative control and orchestration solutions for virtual and Carrier Ethernet systems. For more information, visit www.overturenetworks.com.

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Media Contact: Deb Lovig Marketing Communications Manager T: +1 (919) 337-4111 E: pr@overturenetworks.com

Source: Overture Networks