6connect’s mission is to create the software infrastructure needed to provision network-enabled devices by providing a flexible and dynamic management platform that can work from the cloud or behind the firewall.
The Challenges of Network Provisioning
Provisioning and configuring networks are manually intensive processes focused on individual, vendor-specific, network elements rather than the holistic provisioning of data centers across distributed networks and virtual environments. These manual configurations cannot keep up with rapidly changing devices and networks, creating outage risks for network and data center that forfeit revenue, customer trust, and delay the introduction of new services.
How ProVision™ Works
ProVision, 6connect’s unique Dynamic Network Provisioning (DNP) platform uses a robust Connector Library to automate the provisioning, configuration, and control of devices across distributed networks present in datacenters around the world. DNP’s REST API provides easy integration and helps automate complicated and frequent network provisioning workflows for innovative customers like Dell, PCCW, Swisscom, iLand Cloud Infrastructure, Terremark and CyrusOne.
Our Service provider customers use our Connectors to control, interact and automate various infrastructure services through a unified interface. With the Connector Library supporting technology partners like ISC, Secure64, KnotDNS, Dyn, NS1, DNS Made Easy, PowerDNS, Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, Splunk, Salesforce and even RIR integration (ARIN, RIPE, etc.) – this flexible approach to provisioning allows customers to accelerate service delivery time, accurately provision complex network protocols, and dramatically reduce network complexity and costs.
- Service Provider workflows built-in – Functionality like a communication management for Peering, Multiple LIR support and RIR integration – these are features that save you time from first install.
- Global permissions structure for each object – you have the ability to create groups and user accounts, but you can also set permissions down to the level of detail you need for any object in ProVision.
- Resource Manager – Completely customizable resource management with flexible container structures, fields, permissions and workflow integration – all driven by API. Track everything from cross-connects to contracts in one place.
- IPAM – Complete IPv4/IPv6 support that can handle everything from subnet allocation management to host-level assignments to devices, comes with import tools and top-notch support to get up and running quickly.
- DNS/DNSSEC Controller – Multiple DNS servers with multiple DNS technologies? No problem! We work nicely with a variety of DNS providers and you don’t have to replace your current infrastructure unless you want to. With DNS Groups, you have easy support for duplicate zones and even the most complicated DNS environments.
- DHCP Controller – One stop configuration management for DHCP scopes? All available via API or GUI for easy integration and use by your provisioning teams. Supports ISC and Cisco Prime Network Registrar (via REST API) and is integrated with ProVision IPAM and DNS Modules.
- Peering Manager – One-click multi-router configuration of BGP sessions across peering exchanges with included workflow features for communications tracking across exchanges.
- RESTful API – Built-in API means simple integration into your current environment without and future environment.