Existing solutions from other vendors were reaching scalability limits. Port capacity and density were insufficient, with a shortage of 10GE+ interfaces. As the number of customers’ virtual circuits grew, random traffic-stopping bugs were appearing in vendors’ complex MPLS implementations.
Larger boxes from the same vendors were commercially available but expensive, with no guarantee that software bugs would desist. Furthermore, with an increasingly complicated network topology, the incumbent fabric demanded manual map pathing to ensure traffic was taking sensible routes with path protection in place. In short, as network scale and complexity grew, the current systems were becoming unmanageable.
Alongside these technical issues, ConnetU was unhappy with their previous network equipment supplier’s response to the traffic-stopping bugs, and they were increasing prices at the same time.