Allied Telesis: Network Solutions for People, Organizations, and 'Things'
We have been helping our customers build networks to support what was essentially the Internet of Things (IoT) before the concept of the IoT was even created,” remarks Jakub Duch, Executive Officer, VP - International Sales, Allied Telesis. For over a decade, Allied Telesis—a network vendor has been assisting its customers to build networks to support ‘things’ like building management systems, access control systems, traffic management systems, and various other systems.
By 2020, the number of IoT devices is expected to exceed 50 billion devices. This number of devices poses a real challenge for efficient infrastructure management and its security. Without a certain level of management automation and security, the new IT world we are building will become unmanageable by people.
Allied Telesis delivers an array of intelligent technologies such as AMF (Autonomous Management Framework) to manage network infrastructure for organizations. AMF is an embedded technology native to their networking products like switches and firewalls. It manages and controls networks—both small and large—and makes deployment of networks simple and effortless and ensures rapid service restoration in the event of a failure. Allied Telesis is currently extending its AMF technology to third party end points like security cameras to deliver simplified configuration.
The company offers end-to-end solutions and products within the data center and enterprises and also assists clients in the IoT space. Allied Telesis’ portfolio of enterprise and industrial products with services includes EtherGrid and the IE200/300 Series.
Allied Telesis looks at integrating SDN technology with other application vendors to deliver a complete end-to-end solution with enterprise security SDN
EtherGrid is a platform that caters to the needs of organizations for a network, storage, and compute solution. “It enables to leverage our experience in the networking space and simplify the customers’ environment which is particularly for those organizations that are looking at IoT,” illustrates Duch. The IE300 series of industrial switches extends Allied Telesis’ range of industrial products and features the same embedded operating system as the rest of the switching portfolio. The IE300 is designed for performance management and meets the industrial requirements of IoT environments which include critical infrastructure, smart city infrastructure, and connecting to ‘things’ like transport networks.
Allied Telesis, a lead partner in the Smart Cities Council (SCC) has joined hands with local governments and other government bodies for the connectivity of ‘things’ like traffic monitoring platforms for the development of smart cities. However, this move towards smarter cities and IoT has made security a critical concern. The linkage between the IoT connected devices exposes them to security and safety vulnerabilities. Allied Telesis offers Software Defined Network (SDN) technology to support network orchestration and improve the security with an IoT environment. Its SDN technology can integrate with OpenFlow switches and AMF for increased network security and management. The SDN technology reduces the deployment time and operational cost related to the networking management. In addition to using SDN for security, the company’s portfolio of security appliances offers a hardware platform, operating system and integrates security technologies from leading organizations like Kaspersky, Emergins Threats, and Procera.
Allied Telesis also helps in management and orchestration of connected devices, which has become a challenge for organizations today. The company plans to deploy its services around the AMF technology to address this challenge. Duch believes that there is a need for more diverse range of products for industrial applications in the IoT environment. Allied Telesis thus anticipates a much larger industrial networking portfolio around 2019 and looks at integrating SDN technology with other application vendors to deliver a complete end-to-end solution with enterprise security SDN.