NEC Corporation of America (NEC) today announced its SDN will cost $3,000 as per Pay-as-you-Grow pricing model.
The new pricing scheme for the ProgrammableFlow Controller is based on network capacity, said NEC.
With the new pricing, network operators can deploy an SDN network that meets their current needs and cost-effectively scales as the network grows.
The price of NEC ProgrammableFlow SDN Starter Pack is $3,000 and provides the features of the ProgrammableFlow Controller software, but is designed for smaller SDN deployments, including departmental or lab deployments.
“The new pricing enables customers to deploy networks of any size to seize the operational and performance benefits of Open Networking,” said Don Clark, director, business development, NEC Corporation of America.
The networking vendor also announced the launch of Version 6 of its ProgrammableFlow SDN Networking Suite.
NEC Version 6 enables network architects to build larger wide-area Ethernet fabrics that stretch across the campus or metro area. These new capabilities enable network operators to deploy converged network fabrics across remote sites, reducing the need for the costly network hardware required by most traditional networks.
Marist College has benefited from using SDN as a network management tool after it deployed an OpenFlow-based SDN campus network more than a year ago to interconnect three college data centers.
“NEC is at the forefront of this technology as it continually adds new functionality such as path policy, automation, link aggregation and security to its SDN solution,” said Robert Cannistra, professor of Computer Science and IT at Marist College.