Allied Telesis: Delivering Secure and Reliable, Next-Generation IoT & SDN-Ready Networks

Today, we can observe the rapid transformation in the business world with continuous advancements in technologies and increased customer expectations. Organizations are changing at an ever-increasing rate and businesses are facing an uphill battle to adapt to change, and to stay ahead of the competition. At the same time, cities are increasingly becoming populated; and with this growth, issues such as demand on resources and public safety become a key focus for government and civic leaders. Today, more than any other time, organizations need a technology partner that has both the vision and the capability to take network communications to where they need them to be.

Leveraging experience of over thirty years, Allied Telesis has been at the forefront of serving the needs of the network communications industry. They deliver intelligent technologies such as AMF (Autonomous Management Framework) to manage and control networks – both large and small – that simplifies the deployment of networks. It also reduces the burden of on-going management which is particularly important as the number of connected devices rises with the growth in IoT deployments. These technologies are embedded within the firms’ portfolio of networking and communications products that are used in a broad range of embedded systems. These systems can be found everywhere from manufacturing facilities with collections of connected PLC’s and other sensors to Smart Buildings and Smart Cities where everything throughout the building or across the city is connected.

Today’s IoT devices are increasingly connected by wireless services and Allied Telesis has an extensive array of both wired and wireless products, which means organizations can have a supplier relationship with one organization that is able to meet all their networking needs.

Unyielding Industry Roots

The name Allied Telesis is taken from the Latin allied (united) and Telesis (progress) which makes it an organization that is moving forward continuously. The firm has been delivering networking and communication solutions to support embedded applications and systems for over thirty years, even before the term Internet of Things or IoT was ever used.

Today, the firm is engaged in some of the most advanced and innovative next-generation network research, focusing its efforts on development and production of more intelligent, autonomously controlled and managed systems that are required to meet the demands of the Internet of Things and tomorrow’s networks.

A Tech-Centric Leader

Takayoshi Oshima founded Allied Telesis, a subsidiary of Telesis Holding K.K in March 1987 and has been its Chairman and CEO since 1987. Prior to the establishment of Allied Telesis, he held technical, marketing and managerial positions with companies spearheading the growth of the high-technology industry including ITT, Fairchild Camera Instruments, and Advanced Micro Devices. He was recently elected to the Mineta Transportation Institute Board of Trustees.

Oshima founded Allied Telesis with a vision to transform the emerging data networking industry with highly reliable, standards-based connectivity solutions that deliver value for their customers. Today under his leadership, the corporation is a global success story, supplying an expanding international customer base with ever more sophisticated hardware, software, and services solutions needed to build, operate and secure the data networks that make business possible.

A Reliable IoT Provider

The firm is a one-stop IoT solution provider and takes responsibility for the services it delivers. Its base is strong in all its three domains: i.e. Hardware, Software, and Customer support.

These three stiff bases build the trust within their customers who know there is one organization on which they can depend for all their requirements – they know that the responsibility lies with Allied Telesis when it matters most.

Customer Oriented Approach

The firms’ focus has always been about smart networking and delivering technology that helps to simplify the process of deploying networks while maintaining a high degree of security. An example of this is delivering technology that can automate or continuously optimize a wired or wireless environment which frees human resources to focus on other activities while at the same time improving consistency and reducing human error.

In term of security, the company’s UTM firewalls deliver a high-performance, fully featured security platform with a powerful firewall and threat protection capability that is ideal for today’s converged and IoT environments.

Not only does Allied Telesis deliver cyber-security solutions through their array of UTM firewalls and security appliances, but they have also integrated other innovative security solutions such as Active Fiber Monitoring (AFM) into their portfolio of products. AFM allows an alert to be generated upon tampering or interception with fiber infrastructure which is critical given the volumes of data being transmitted today and the increasing reliance on fiber for transmission.

One of the other benefits of partnering with Allied Telesis is the service and support that is delivered by its professional services team ensuring customers make the most of their investment in technology from the firm.

Accounting For Industry Needs

According to the firm, as IoT devices are increasingly being connected wirelessly, wireless technology has become a particular area of importance. While the wireless standards such as IEEE 802.11n and IEEE 802.11ac deliver more speed for a single user or device, they do not overcome today’s underlying challenges of cell-based wireless technology. As such, Allied Telesis has developed an innovative range of wireless products and technology that helps to overcome the challenges of cell-based wireless technology by using single-channel architecture. It delivers seamless roaming and far greater reliability than traditional cell-based wireless solutions.

In addition, for organizations that need to use a cell-based architecture, the firm delivers a hybrid wireless solution where a cell-based architecture can be used for some applications and a single channel architecture, which means organizations do not need to compromise when it comes to performance and reliability.

The firm is also observing organizations that are embracing convergence. Previously, an organization would deploy separate networks for SCADA, CCTV, IP telephony and corporate applications, however, today organizations deploy a single converged network to support all of their Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) systems.

With people, devices and other things being increasingly connected and the value of the information being collected growing, security needs to be given greater emphasis than it currently is. Allied Telesis has a range of innovative products and technologies that have been tailored for use with embedded applications and IoT environments.

Guiding New Entrants

The firm strongly advises treating the customer like partners in business rather than just suppliers to business. In order to maximize the benefits, a good sharing of knowledge both backward and forwarded between organizations must exist so that everyone can make the most of every opportunity. The firm states that “All too often we see organizations that hold their suppliers at arm’s length and treat them as just that – suppliers. And in many cases, this results in a missed opportunity to gain more from whatever deployment of change is being undertaken”. Earlier, closer engagement can see organizations like Allied Telesis to provide practical and valuable advice that can potentially reduce costs, increase functionality or decrease risk or possibly all above mentioned.

Networks for Today and Tomorrow

With the rise of Big Data and Cloud Computing, organizations will continue to see the size of speeds and feeds increasing. Where 40G and 100G in the past would have seemed like almost limitless in terms of capacity, tomorrow the industry will see these as commonplace within the backbone of many networks.

The firm believes that while the port density and bandwidth of devices will continue to increase, the truly interesting developments in the future in terms of features and functionality will come from software features that will help in solving real-world business challenges. These challenges may revolve around agility and flexibility and ensuring that the network can change and adapt to different traffic patterns or as organizations need it to change or they may be around the cost and complexity of managing technology infrastructure.

Allied Telesis also expect closer coupling of applications and the underlying infrastructure so the pipes that carry information or data around an organization have a better understanding of what that data is and can make smarter decisions about that data. This all leads into the realm of Intent-Based Networking (IBN) along with Software Defined Networking (SDN), which have the ability to redefine the benefits that the technology can deliver.

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