Global Excellence 2020

114 Acquisition International - Global Excellence 2020 4 Acquisit on International - Issue 7 2020 Creating Opportunities Based in London, ArpaWare are leading innovators in data centre networking helping to redefine the information and network services industry. Following their success in the Global Excellence Awards 2020, we got in touch with Reza Toghraee to find out more. ounded in 2015, ArpaWare aim to provide the best in class services to your organisation across a project life-cycle phase. From the inception of the project to the delivery, support and on-going maintenance, with ArpaWare you can be assured the quality of services on offer are of the highest standard. To begin with, Reza offers more insight into the firm’s specialisms and its typical clientele. “Software-defined networking (SDN) might be a buzzword in the IT landscape, but it remains a grey area for many organisations in the networking industry. In most cases, businesses are unaware of the expectations they should have from an SDN solution, majorly because of the unclear definition of SDN itself. As an SDN solutions provider, we simplify the way SDN is perceived and understood by enterprises. Ultimately, we want to make the audience understand that SDN is not a product, which they can buy and use, but it’s rather a solution built out of a combination of tools and programs that can add intelligence to the network. Our very clear and simplified definition of SDN, is an automated, intelligent and integrated network (AIIN).” With an objective to elucidate the concepts of SDN to its customers and the industry, ArpaWare contributes to several open source projects. An effort taken in this direction is Reza Togharee’s book called “Learning OpenDaylight”, which is a tutorial for learning about SDN concepts and how to build SDN applications on top of OpenDaylight platform. Established five years ago, ArpaWare was formed to give enterprises and service providers the opportunity to build automated event-driven networks on site or in the cloud environment. As Reza goes on to explain, the firm had to consider what the potential demands of their clients would be prior to undertaking any kind of work with them. “While enterprises look for reliable enterprise-grade products that can function in both these environments, service providers demand open source tools for customisation. ArpaWare considers all such requirements of its customers and serves them accordingly.” In the space of five years, ArpaWare have progressed from delivering network automation and integrated solutions, to today offering an extensive range of products and solutions from different network operating systems (NOS) and hardware vendors. As Reza points out this is further proof of the firm’s willingness to evolve with the times. “Our offerings for network automation and building intelligent software- driven networks have been evolving with every new customer. With each new customer we take on, at the back of our minds is always the thought how can we improve from our last project?” Naturally, operating in the data centre industry brings its own challenges for the firm, however as Reza goes on to explain, the firm’s unique selling point is being able to offer the right networking solution that integrates into the client’s environment. “Depending on the clients’ primary challenges, requirements, long-term and short- F Mar20366 term strategies, we build intelligent network automation toolsets which can be integrated into the customer’s network, security and infrastructure kits.” Finally, Reza comments on the future of ArpaWare and the plans in place for 2020 and beyond. “Currently, we are developing an SDN based IPOE product for service providers that eliminates the use of BNG/RAS (PPPOE servers). Instead it purely uses the robust 10G/40G/100G and 400G open networking switches to help service providers take control over their transit paths and integrate with their OSS/BSS, which we recently received a patent granted for the same. Going forward, adapting to market changes will be key as we look to maintain our reputation as a leader in open networking and SDN solutions.” Company Name: ArpaWare Contact Name: Reza Toghraee Telephone Number: +442071002176 Address: 16 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0AF Web Address: ArpaWare Best for Data Centre Networking 2020 - UK