By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC  |  May 05, 2017

Network functions virtualization and software-defined networking are two of the biggest trends in communications infrastructure today.

That’s why Technology Marketing Corp. recognizes noteworthy offerings and companies on both fronts. Here’s to this year’s crop of NFV Innovation Award Winners and SDN Excellence Award Winners.

NFV Innovation Award Winners

128 Technology

128T Networking Platform

This software-based, distributed routing and network services solution uses Secure Vector Routing to simplify network architectures and provide fine-grained, end-to-end control and visibility. It runs on general-purpose compute and supports a wide range of deployment models – from remote branch offices to high-capacity network edges to hyperscale data centers.


NFV Service Assurance Solution

This management platform enables communications service providers to implement multi-vendor virtual network functions and service models as part of an OpenStack-based virtual infrastructure, while also supporting existing physical network infrastructure.


Sonus SBC SWe

This session border controller is a software-based solution that enables secure real-time communications in the cloud. It leverages the same code base, media transcoding, resiliency, and security technology used in the Sonus hardware-based SBC 5000 and 7000 Series.

Telco Systems (News - Alert)


This service environment provides telecom service providers and network integrators a smooth launch path to NFV services. It features cloud access solutions, management and orchestration capabilities, NFV security, and virtualized customer premises equipment and white-box solutions.


VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN

This software-defined wide area network solution is based on a distributed network of gateways, cloud-based orchestration, and a branch platform. It provides bandwidth expansion and direct optimal access to enterprise and cloud applications, and data.


Viptela Secure Extensible Network Platform

This offering, also known as SEN, delivers secure end-to-end network virtualization. Enterprises can use it to build large scale networks with full integration of routing, security, centralized policy, and orchestration. That makes the network easy to manage.

SDN Excellence Award Winners

Aryaka (News - Alert) Networks

Global SD-WAN

This solution combines a purpose-built private network, SD-WAN, optimization and acceleration techniques, connectivity to cloud platforms, and network visibility in a single solution that is delivered as a service.



This is a complete solution for managing application and network performance in complex environments. It also allows for capacity planning and performance baselining, provides cyber security, helps with quality of service configuration, enables voice and video optimization, and features WAN bandwidth management capabilities.

Masergy Communications Inc.

Masergy Software Defined Platform

This platform accelerates IT transformation, providing the foundation for an open, automated, and programmable environment. It makes it easy to design, deploy, manage, and modify solutions so users can focus on more strategic pursuits.

Nectar (News - Alert) Services Corp.

Nectar Evolution with SDN API and Cisco APIC-EM Integration

Nectar Evolution, integrated with the Cisco APIC-EM controller and the Microsoft (News - Alert) SDN API, allows IT organizations to quickly recognize UC deployment and SDN benefits across their global IT infrastructure. Benefits include reduction of total cost of ownership, unified policy administration across multi-vendor UC and network elements, and improved UC user experiences.


VeloCloud Cloud Delivered SD WAN

(See description in previous listing).

Edited by Alicia Young