ECI® Adds LightACTION™ Network Automation to LightAPPS™ Family of SDN Applications

LightACTION intuitively automates common network functions forbetter, simpler and more efficient control of network operations

Mar 30, 2016, 07:30 ET from ECI

PETACH TIKVAH, Israel, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC Network solutions for service providers, utilities and data center operators, announced today the addition of the LightAction network automation app to its LightAPPS family of SDN applications. LightAPPS, as well as the entire SmartLIGHT™ portfolio, are cornerstones of ECI's ELASTIC Network vision to enable customers to scale and operate more efficiently by using open, secure and vendor agnostic technology.

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"LightAPPS have been well-received by customers worldwide since their market introduction in Q1 2015. Service providers, utilities, transportation and 'greenfield' networks have all implemented LightAPPS with great satisfaction and new orders are strengthening the order book. LightACTION network automation is yet another useful application that provides customers SDN benefits today, over their current installed base. Customer investment is secured, and, like all LightAPPS, LightACTION will also be fully portable to the SDN networks of the future. The first release is available immediately for purchase through ECI's sales personnel and partners," said Gali Malkiel, Head of Software and SDN Applications Line of Business at ECI.

LightACTION intuitively automates the workflow of common network operations tasks, many of which are still executed manually. This not only gives customers better control of the network, it simplifies processes and reduces the chance of human error. By automating services, LightACTION enhances, optimizes and expands network performance as well as improves the cost efficiency and time effectiveness in the network operation center (NOC). ECI estimates that the implementation of LightACTION can save at least 20-30% of time spent doing routine tasks like fixing problems or implementing services.

In fact, LightACTION's different approach affords customers the ability to tailor the automation of both day-to-day and new tasks by answering three short questions: What is the action? When shall it be applied? And where shall it be applied? Actions can be executed manually or automatically as well as triggered by an event or alarm.

Some examples of LightACTION's automated tasks include:

  • Automatic Service Migration: Customers who have upgraded certain parts of their network from 1G/10G interfaces to 10G/100G can automatically migrate services from one to another to better balance surges in data traffic.
  • Removing unused resources: the network can be set to identify unused services within the network and automatically remove these from the network thereby improving quality of service.
  • Mass operations: Such as moving network elements, shifting service endpoints or running CLIs.

Ms. Malkiel continued, "LightACTION is a visual tool to build and execute macros for provisioning, troubleshooting, and commissioning. LightACTION comes with a rich set of pre-defined actions yet is fully configurable to adapt to customer needs. With no programming skills required, this GUI-based tool enables network operators to define event-triggered actions. Since it is 'open', any script or program can be used as an action. Moreover, in the future, customers will be able to create their own actions and building blocks. Considering the number of use cases and the combination of events, actions and targets, the possibilities are endless."

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ECI is a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions to CSPs, utilities as well as data center operators. Along with its long-standing, industry-proven packet-optical transport, ECI offers a variety of SDN/NFV applications, end-to-end network management, a comprehensive cyber security solution, and a range of professional services. ECI's ELASTIC solutions ensure open, future-proof, and secure communications. With ECI, customers have the luxury of choosing a network that can be tailor-made to their needs today as well as seamlessly and cost effectively upgraded to meet future requirements. For more information, visit us at

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