SYDNEY – July 11th, 2022 – Independent Data Solutions (IDS) today announced its new partnership with LightRiver to transform how organizations in Australia and New Zealand can manage and view their optical network hardware regardless of their current vendor(s). This move, the first of its kind, comes as a direct result of the company’s strategic focus on “making complex technology simple.”

“Throughout the history of our company, as long-distance networking experts, we’ve observed significant barriers in the market relating to overall network management. The challenge of integrating network elements from different vendors and a constant demand for ever more bandwidth has resulted in complexities that are overwhelming to manage at scale. This ultimately leads to vendor lock-in and feature/cost compromise that limits flexibility and marketplace competition enormously. That’s why we’ve partnered with LightRiver to offer organizations in Australia a platform that can unify their network management experience,” states Iain Ashley, CTO of IDS.

LightRiver’s netFLEX® (network FLEXibility) is a network automation platform designed to address the complexities of disparate optical transport networks, suppliers, and technologies. As the only platform that enables the agnostic management of optical transport networks, netFLEX allows businesses to interrogate their optical network — their way — without vendor lock-in and inclusive of a self-serve option.

“There is nothing like this in Australia. Where businesses benefit the most is significant cost avoidance, multi-vendor and multi-technology support, operational scalability, and new revenue enablement. For example, network fault identification, a task that normally would take 2 to 3 hours to complete, through our collaboration with netFLEX, will reduce it to as little as 3 minutes,” continues Ashley.

As an enabler of digital transformation, netFLEX’s comprehensive transport network automation can be leveraged within any network operator or extended to partners and customers such as Smartoptics’ Open Line Systems.

“As leaders who specialize in designing and delivering networking solutions, IDS’ influence in the market, working with government departments and national corporate clients, will accelerate the smart management of network infrastructure,” comments Mike Jonas, President of Global Customer Operations for LightRiver. “LightRiver looks forward to the next stage and believes that our synergies align well for a dynamic future indeed.”


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About IDS

Independent Data Solutions (IDS) is a niche value add distributor (VAD) focused on the transport, management and storage of data. The company specializes in delivering new innovative and often disruptive technologies to help solve the challenges in the network and storage markets. Working together with major and niche resellers, IDS offers a complete pre and post technical service to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions.

About LightRiver

LightRiver is the premier provider of next generation, multi-vendor, Factory Built Networks® and netFLEX® vendor neutral, Optical Domain Control Software solutions. LightRiver is an expert in Packet Optical, DWDM/ROADM, MPLS and Carrier Ethernet systems and designs, engineers, commissions, automates and supports next generation, software controlled, transport networks for mission-critical clients that require the highest capacity, reliability, resiliency and manageability that today’s optical communications technology can deliver.

LightRiver is a portfolio company of Grain Management, LLC, a leading Washington, D.C. based investment firm focused on the global communications sector, and delivers unique value with turnkey hardware and software solutions, carrier-grade quality and unparalleled customer care in multi-technology networking.

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