Feature Articles

Some of the latest developments with ActivePort and ActivePortal

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From little things, big things grow (Oct 2020)

Digital services provider and communication specialist TasmaNet has selected ActivePort as a software partner, focusing their first collaboration on speed to delivery for customers whilst driving efficiency. The two companies share a philosophy of driving focus on and giving control to CUSTOMERS. 

Point, click, activate

 

The first phase focuses on removing complexity and costs. By using ActivePort’s “single pane of glass” view, TasmaNet will be able to activate customer services more quickly to boost the customer experience whilst reducing costs. This directly aligned with TasmaNet's software-oriented orchestration and automation efforts for which ActivePort is a natural fit as the software can build services in minutes, or even seconds!

 

Farewell cookie-cutters, hello individualized solutions

 

TasmaNet is well known for their refusal to settle for one-size-fits-all solutions, whilst ActivePort was founded to help customers manage and consume technology based on their individual situation and requirements. With every business being different, ActivePort created a software that gives customers control of their network orchestration, automation and provisioning – tweaking and tailoring it to their needs using a “single pane of glass” view. This makes for interesting synergies into the future.

“ActivePort’s architectural and technology principles made it an easy decision to enter a collaboration. We look forward to working closely together on our present programs further improving our customer delivery and as ActivePort continue to develop new capability.” Rob Vernon, CEO of TasmaNet

Innovation directly focused on customers


At the heart of ActivePort’s capability is a flexible and robust API (application Programming Interface) Architecture to manage cloud, network services like SDWAN, interface with legacy systems and ultimately improve customer outcomes is at the heart of its technology strategy.

“The ActivePort API Orchestration Engine aligns closely with the software driven architecture that is core to TasmaNet's technology strategy. We will focus initially on supporting TasmaNet's focus on speed of customer delivery and then look at deeper integration into the TasmaNet ecosystem to support their growth and product aspirations." Mark Middleton, CTO of ActivePort

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Back to School (Sept 2020)

Did you know that educational institutions are some of the most challenging IT & Network environments to manage? 

John XXIII College in Perth has teamed up with ActivePort to help manage its complex IT and Network environment. This is a school of more than 1700 students and staff, all with different access and security requirements, a duty of care to students and like most educational institutions, a pressure to perform on a tight budget.

 

"Having completed a successful proof of concept, ActivePort has been a welcomed addition to our ICT portfolio. In addition to immediate savings on our carriage costs via the "Scheduled Bandwidth On Demand" capability, we have been impressed with the ease at which we can provision online services. Such a task could typically take days or weeks with traditional methods."

Yugon Chobanoff (ICT Operations Manager) from John XXIII 

 

ActivePort is about helping customers manage their costs without cutting quality. This was the premise for the college to use the “single pane of glass” view to fine-tune their bandwidth on demand. 

"We look forward to sharing some broader technology opportunities to John XXIII and other Catholic Schools in Western Australia and Nationally. In particular, we have just launched version 6.3 of the ActivePort software that provides industry leading SDWAN capability as part of the ActivePort suite." Mark Middleton - ActivePort CTO 

Yes, you can orchestrate the cloud (July 2020)

Enterprise Cloud Specialists Platformer has expanded its partnership with ActivePort, using the software solution at heart of their Orchestration and Automation capability. Read on to see how ActivePort helps integrate their Kubernetes suite of products.

Platformer helps businesses transform and/or migrate their applications and workloads to Kubernetes, the de facto containerized application deployment and management platform for the cloud. A Google Cloud Partner, they initially approached ActivePort as their cloud “migration tool”.

We needed a solution to migrate large amounts of data for a customer (Physical to Cloud), and ActivePort’s software was the perfect tool to flexibly dial up links between cloud providers, scale them down or turn them off if not required. Not having to deal with telcos or sign expensive contracts for multiple links meant we could successfully migrate this customer over a weekend, which was a huge success.” Kanchana Wickremasinghe, CEO of Platformer 

 

From servers to cloud in a weekend

 

While this is a subset of ActivePortal’s features, it demonstrates the flexibility of the software to solve customers’ unique cloud and telecommunications challenges fast, safe and with the end customer in mind. Platformer’s customer went home on a Friday afternoon with a physical network, and returned Monday morning to a fully migrated cloud environment without the business skipping a beat. They could then turn off the links that were no longer required – and stop paying for them.

 

Next step: Orchestrating the cloud

 

Having seen the flexibility and potential of ActivePort’s software, Platformer is now integrating its Kubernetes solutions into the ActivePortal. This means Platformer can easily roll out an orchestration platform globally for their customers to leverage, with self-provisioning being the key. Using ActivePortal’s tile-based interface - which can be branded and deployed in multiple languages for international reach - Platformer can customize the software to deliver select service-sets to different user groups across customers and carriers. In other words: The perfect synergy to orchestrate the cloud!