EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) says it has won a contract worth $4.9 million to supply a U.S. Tier 1 service provider with the test and measurement technology provider’s EXFO Ontology network topology software. The service provider, whom EXFO did not further identify, will use the software tool to support its efforts toward operational automation and network integration on its fixed network.
EXFO added Ontology to its portfolio via the March 2017 acquisition of Ontology Systems (see “EXFO buys Ontology Systems for real-time network topology discovery and service-chain mapping”). Ontology is an automated network inventory engine that works across the physical and virtual domains. EXFO has upgraded the platform at least once since the acquisition (see “EXFO Ontology's automated common cause analysis module unveiled at Digital Transformation World”). In the case of the new customer, Ontology will perform two main functions, according to EXFO:
- Locate and combine information from multiple data sources that it will use to create a validated and accurate searchable semantic model.
- Map and track network resources end-to-end and generate a dataset that can be used to optimize the use of these resources.
"To deliver superior customer experience, service providers must have a unified understanding of their network resources and be able to automate their consumption and change in real time across legacy and virtual networks,” said Philippe Morin, EXFO's CEO. “As this Tier 1 service provider continues its extensive digital transformation, EXFO's real-time network topology solution is bringing their systems and people together in a way that simply wasn't possible before."
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