WorldStream Elastic Network
WorldStream
Category
Edge Project of the Year
Entry Description
Name of the project/innovation
WorldStream Elastic Network


What, exactly, is novel about the product/innovation?
As a fast-growing global provider of security-focused Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting solutions with more than 15,000 dedicated servers installed in its company-owned data centers in the Netherlands, WorldStream is an innovative company intending to be at the forefront of the global IaaS hosting market.

Our soon to launch software-defined global network (SDN) - which is now being developed by the WorldStream R&D and engineering teams - builds on EVPN (Ethernet Virtual Private Network) VXLAN (Virtual Extensible LAN) technology. Our R&D and engineering teams are uniquely designing this virtualized, elastic network (SDN) on top of the WorldStream global network backbone (>10Tbps of bandwidth available). The robustness of this high-bandwidth volume global backbone is an integrally important component for the overall design of the WorldStream Elastic Network. Our R&D department, that was recently more than doubled in size, expects the custom design of the SDN-based new network to be ready before year-end, Q1 2020 at the latest.

Once ready, the WorldStream Elastic Network will provide organizations worldwide with a high level of control over comprehensive data center, network and cybersecurity resources & features locally ‘at the edges’ of WorldStream’s global network backbone. It will offer organizations complete flexibility over how they architect and securely scale their interconnected, hybrid IT solutions. Catering to the flexible ‘edge’ needs of IoT (Internet of Things), data compliance, distributed enterprise IT architectures, hybrid cloud, and many other use cases with local ‘edge’ needs, the WorldStream Elastic Network can be labeled as a unique and quite an innovative solution - especially for the global scale on which WorldStream operates as an IaaS hosting company.

The SDN-based WorldStream Elastic Network will also allow for ‘plug-and-play’ multi data center setups as well as twin data center concepts. This will enable WorldStream clients globally to easily create data center presence at all facilities contained in the WorldStream network backbone, whether WorldStream’s company-owned data centers in the Netherlands are concerned or any of the other data centers worldwide where WorldStream’s server and network equipment resides.

The new elastic network adds to the recently launched and also in-house developed anti-DDoS platform, WorldStream DDoS Shield. WorldStream R&D and the company’s network-team have worked on the DDoS scrubbing center for a year in total. The result is an open source-based anti-DDoS platform equipped with intelligent clustering techniques and a multi-tiered technology architecture to address the growth of sophisticated DDoS threats.

How does the product or process break with conventional ideas or processes in its field?
How does it go beyond marginal improvements or something that already exists?
How do customers benefit from the product/process or innovation?

How does the product or process break with conventional ideas or processes in its field?
Hosting and colocation data center services are traditionally being offered according to a centralized model, with most clients of hosting and data center providers having their IT resources centered in just one or a few data centers. New global developments like IoT, hybrid cloud, and data compliance management are currently driving the need for decentralized, distributed data center solution models though. The decentralized network design with loads of planned functionality ‘at the edge’ will cater to the needs of use cases such as IoT (Internet of Things), hybrid cloud and enterprise data compliance management.

With the launch of the WorldStream Elastic Network, companies can deploy a wide array of expanding IaaS hosting solutions in a distributed way ‘at the edge,’ which means decentralized at any data center location where WorldStream’s 10Tbps network backbone has a physical PoP being deployed. The physical presence of the WorldStream backbone is determining where customers are able to flexibly deploy IT resources on a global scale. As WorldStream has planned for an expanding number of network PoPs being deployed globally - with a PoP in Milan, Italy, added recently – the WorldStream backbone is able to grow and expand with our customers. This recently added physical network PoP has been deployed in one of IRIDEOS’s Italian data centers, in Milan.

How does it go beyond marginal improvements or something that already exists?

WorldStream’s R&D and network engineering teams are uniquely designing and developing this virtualized, elastic network (SDN) in-house. It is deployed on top of the WorldStream global network backbone (>10Tbps of bandwidth available). The in-house engineered software-defined architecture will add an elastic network platform on top of WordStream’s existing network backbone. WorldStream’s new-to-develop technology builds on Arista Networks’ EVPN (Ethernet Virtual Private Network) VXLAN (Virtual Extensible LAN) hardware. Crucial elements in the R&D and engineering design will include the custom development of the SDN controller - which will act as ‘the brain’ of the software-defined network, as well as the interconnectivity with WorldStream’s high-volume global backbone.

The end-result of the SDN-based technology will bring WorldStream’s global client base ultimate flexibility and tons of added functionality with regard to their security-focused hybrid IT infrastructure deployments and data center resource allocation. When completed, it will also allow organizations globally to extend the robust bandwidth and latency benefits of this high-volume, 10Tbps network.

How do customers benefit from the product/process or innovation?

The new network design will meet ultimate hybrid IT architecture requirements of organizations, enabling enterprises and SMBs alike to seamlessly and fully flexibly interconnect and combine all types of computing and networking resources ‘at the edge’ including bare metal hardware, VMs, cloud instances and cybersecurity solutions, on-premise or externally located. These interconnected resources then allow for workloads to be moved and relocated instantly.

The WorldStream Elastic Network will come with a comprehensive suite of SDN-enabled new features and interconnection options. Our network innovation will provide the flexibility to vary connectivity deployments at the local edges of the network real-time based on actual demand. For our service provider customer base for example this will allow the establishment of new on-demand go-to-market business models including pay-per-use (cloud) hosting service delivery. The software-defined network platform will be cloud-enabled and equipped with the ability to connect to multiple top cloud providers through public cloud onramps.

The ability to ‘plug-and-play’ establish multi data center setups as well as twin data center concepts will also add to the benefits provided by WorldStream’s new Elastic Network. It allows our customers to easily create data center presence at all facilities contained in the WorldStream network backbone. It doesn’t matter if WorldStream’s company-owned data centers in the Netherlands are concerned or any of the other facilities worldwide where we have data center presence. This will significantly reduce capital expenses for our customers when coping with ultimate redundancy requirements such as within healthcare, finance, government, and enterprise markets.

It will also add cybersecurity deployment solution options for clients ‘at the edge,’ building on the recently launched and also in-house developed anti-DDoS platform, WorldStream DDoS Shield – a platform equipped with intelligent clustering techniques and a multi-tiered technology architecture to address the growth of sophisticated DDoS threats.

[PHOTO 1:] Inside WorldStream data center in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands.
[PHOTO 2:] Tim Vollebregt, CTO of WorldStream and mastermind of the WorldStream Elastic Network
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