Substations: Distributed Network Functions Virtualization solution from RAD

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Utility safety: RAD, a provider of advanced networking for power utilities, unveiled the first Distributed Network Functions Virtualization (D-NFV) solution in June and will mark another major breakthrough when it introduces its D-NFV concept to its Service Assured Networking portfolio for mission-critical networks.

RAD is integrating D-NFV into its Megaplex-4 Next-Generation Multiservice Access Node, widely used by power utilities for substation connectivity, protection, and automation communications, and operational core networks. The Megaplex-4 is a field-proven platform with thousands of units deployed around the globe to deliver mission-critical applications.

“Megaplex now enables power utilities to integrate advanced capabilities such as routing, firewall, encryption, and more with operational transport functions in a single platform,” explains Ulik Broida, RAD’s Vice President of Marketing. “RAD ingeniously accomplishes this by running software-based functionality on an x86 server module inside the Megaplex-4, ultimately reducing the number of physical network devices for better reliability and simpler operation – and facilitating the anticipated OT/IT convergence."

Megaplex is becoming an open platform that draws on the agility and flexibility of the RAD D-NFV Alliance, an ecosystem of virtual network functions and applications that can be added as the need arises, even after installation. Open to all vendors, RAD pre-tests and certifies each application to ensure reliability and optimal performance. The Alliance will include multiple categories, such as security, networking, and testing tools.

About RAD
RAD is a leader in communications solutions for power utilities and other segments of the energy industry. Our Service Assured Networking solutions include best-of-breed tools for Cyber security and mission-critical communications, as well as for seamless migration to modern packet switched networks and applications. RAD provides field-proven and performance-guaranteed solutions for hybrid TDM and Packet- based substation connectivity, operational networks, distance and differential protection communications, secure IEC 61850-3 substation networking, and distribution automation and smart meter backhaul. Founded in 1981, RAD has an installed base of more than 13 million units. RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in communications solutions.

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