Pacnet offers first Pan-Asia network-asservice architecture

Pacnet has announced the beta launch of the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), an industry-first service platform that leverages software-defined-networking (SDN) to deliver flexible and scalable bandwidth configurable by customers, heralding a major advance in the capabilities of enterprises and carriers to build high-performance and cloud-ready networks.

Powered by Pacnet’s innovative Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) model, PEN delivers scalable bandwidth and software-enabled intelligence, allowing customers to dynamically provision bandwidth in minutes, based on their business needs. PEN users are able to create a virtualized cross-connected environment leveraging Pacnet’s wholly-owned network of data centers and telecommunications infrastructure for unrivalled coverage of financial and business centers across Asia-Pacific.

“PEN is a quantum-leap for the industry that catapults networking into the cloud-computing age,” said Jim Fagan, President of Managed Services at Pacnet. “With the region’s most extensive coverage of data centers and subsea cable network, Pacnet has the capabilities to execute and deliver next-generation tools to help our customers stay on top of their networking needs in the demanding world of cloud.”

PEN offers customers the ability to self-provision bandwidth, manage and monitor network usage and account information in real-time. The platform utilizes OpenFlow, an open-source technology, for high-performance network management, providing seamless connectivity to a hybrid cloud service environment, giving customers the flexibility to choose their cloud vendor.

PEN is built on an enterprise class network, which offers point-to-point international private connections to customers and extensive data center facilities across 10 data centers in Asia-Pacific.

According to Pacnet, PEN customers can provision dynamic bandwidth within minutes either through Pacnet Connect, a Web-based portal, or via an Application Programming Interface (API), eliminating the need for manual processes. This gives users the control to customize and configure network based on their performance and quality of service requirements.

With a flexible pricing model, customers will be billed according to the amount, quality and duration of network usage.

PEN, which utilizes an OpenFlow based software controller, extends enterprise class data centers and private clouds to any external cloud vendors, offering customers the flexibility to create a truly virtual Asia-Pacific data center.

As enterprises continue to rapidly embrace cloud computing to meet their business needs, the-increasing volume and complexity of data traffic place severe strains on networks that are based on traditional hierarchical architectures.

PEN offers customers access to major multiple or large carriers and data centers through the Pacnet network, and creates a virtualized cross-connected environment. This means customers can provision a network from the Pacnet Hong Kong data center to their on-premises facilities in Australia.

With a full launch expected in the first quarter of 2014, PEN is at the center of Pacnet’s transformation into a “next-gen” provider of cloud, data center and telecommunication services, increasing options for customers and generating additional synergies with other existing Pacnet managed services offerings.