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SES heads to the Cloud with Amdocs

Amdocs also partners with Microsoft Azure

Satellite company SES is partnering with Amdocs to modernise and automate its network platforms in the Cloud.

SES will employ the Amdocs Network Function Virtualization (NFV) solution in order to more rapidly build network solutions that are powered by its fleet of Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, and extensive ground infrastructure to provide scalable connectivity services to what it describes as “underserved” areas such as rural areas and those affected by disaster.

Amdocs has also announced an expanded strategic agreement with Microsoft Azure which will enable media and entertainment companies to modernise, automate and digitise.

SES is the first customer to use Amdocs NFV for SD-WAN on Azure.

“SES’s vision is to make satellite-based networks a seamless and wholly integrated part of a global, Cloud-scale network ecosystem, and implementing standards-based orchestration is key to our network modernisation strategy,” said JP Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks, SES’s data-centric business unit.

“To help ensure we succeed in this journey, we are evolving to an open, virtualised and cloud-optimised network architecture, with Microsoft and Amdocs as key partners in this journey with their portfolio of network solutions aligned with ONAP (Open Networking Automation Platform), MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) and a broad ecosystem of enabling technologies.”