A virtual LAN (local area network) maps workstations on an alternative to geographic location (for example, by department, type of user, or primary application). The virtual LAN controller can change or add workstations and manage load balancing and bandwidth allocation more easily than with a physical picture of the LAN.
Services provided to internal clients within the Telecom Italia Group include the set up of a VLAN connection (IP point), load balancing and bandwidth management.
The telco selected the AXiOSS Suite of products from UK fulfilment software firm Axiom Systems after an evaluation of the company's internal systems identified several manual VLAN provisioning processes that could be made more efficient through increased automation.
According to Telecom Italia, the requirement for the software was also born out of the increasing complexity of its internal network and of the VLAN activation process. The telco expects to benefit from faster and more reliable VLAN provisioning, increased visibility of internal processes including any faults and greater control over the allocation of inventory.
Axiom Systems, together partner, Technomind, will implement the upgrade. AXiOSS Order-to-Service (O2S)will manage the order intake, AXiOSS Inventory Management (IMS) will look up and allocate the resources required and create a model of the available resources, and AXiOSS(R) SAFE will activate the service.