Allied Telesis awarded for SDN-based IT infrastructure management system

The company has been awarded the 2014 iCMG Architecture Award of Excellence, in the judging's IT Infrastructure category (including data centers, network, and security products), for its Allied Telesis Management Framework (AMF) technology for network management.

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Allied Telesis, a specialist in IP/Ethernet network delivery systems, announced that it has been awarded the 2014 iCMG Architecture Award of Excellence, in the judging's IT Infrastructure category (including data centers, network, and security products), for its Allied Telesis Management Framework (AMF) technology for network management.

According to Allied Telesis, AMF is a framework/architecture that provides a simplified approach to network management; using AMF, common tasks are automated or made so simple that the everyday management of a network can be automated, freeing up valuable IT resources to focus on more complicated tasks that they are best suited to, leading to an overall reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). AMF is also a key component of Allied Telesis' emerging SDN platform. The technology integrates natively with the OpenFlow protocol, both by auto-provisioning a communication channel to OpenFlow controllers, and by using OpenFlow as a management mechanism for OpenFlow-enabled devices.

As explained by the company, the AMF framework embeds management intelligence into the network nodes, and enables the network itself to manage tasks such as device backup, software upgrades, zero-touch configuration of newly-connected nodes, and updating multiple nodes’ configurations simultaneously. Moreover, AMF enables an entire network to be managed as a single entity from any device within the network, providing flexibility and resilience should the management device become unavailable.

Seiichiro Satoh, Allied Telesis director of global product marketing, commented, “Allied Telesis is globally committed to continued innovation over time. AMF has delivered significant benefits to many of our customers and this award validates the investment Allied Telesis has made and our customers’ decision to adopt AMF.”

The iCMG competition's jury were impressed by the capabilities of Allied Telesis's AMF technology, and thus awarded it first place in the competition's IT Infrastructure category, ahead of entries from other well-known international organizations. iCMG is a pioneering full service enterprise and IT architecture firm. In the last 12 years, the firm says it has helped a wide variety of clients (over 20 domains) across 32 countries to manage complexity and contradictions within the enterprise for growth. The iCMG Architecture Awards of Excellence are given to companies who have successfully used IT architecture in achieving their business goals.

There are 21 award categories for which nominations are invited every year. The idea of the awards is to honor architects and enterprises whose work demonstrates a combination of talent, vision and workmanship, which are creating successful and enduring systems and enterprises. More information about he competition can be found at http://live.icmgworld.com/.

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