As personalized on-demand services, traffic volume and competitive pressures increase, service providers and enterprises must strike a balance between minimizing expenses and maximizing their market power.
SDN/NFV technologies have begun to provide answers to this challenge, but the next critical step is to fully commercialize these virtualized services and make them operationally ready to perform at scale with a large variety of partners.
Network and service virtualization have become more than concepts; they are business imperatives that necessitate effective transformation methods, proven technology and solutions that are ready for the rigors of a dynamic marketplace.
Network automation and orchestration refers to the process of automating the configuration, management and operations of a network infrastructure. It includes a number of tools, technologies and processes and is particularly effective in helping organisations to automatically execute and manage manual and repetitive network tasks.
Infradata is a pioneer in network automation and has extensive expertise in both Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN). Infradata has also launched its own vendor agnostic NFV orchestration platform, nuQulus, that slashes the time it takes to provision new services from hours - potentially weeks - to minutes.
Find out more about how network automation and orchestration can help you to free internal resources and increase time to value.
Software Defined Networking (SDN)
Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a crucial component of the shift from the rigid architectures of the past to the flexible and scalable infrastructure requirements of a modern data centre. Fundamentally, it represents the evolution of networking into the cloud era.
This approach allows administrators to programmatically control, change and manage the network dynamically via open interfaces and the abstraction of lower-level functionality. By decoupling the system that makes decisions about where traffic is sent (the SDN controller, or control plane) from the underlying systems that forward traffic to the selected destination (the data plane), organisations can deliver services to wherever they are needed in the network, without being constrained by the specific devices a server or other hardware components are connected to.
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
Network functions virtualization (NFV) allows organisations to virtualize network services that have traditionally been carried out by proprietary, dedicated hardware. The goal of NFV is to decouple network functions from dedicated hardware devices and allow network services to be hosted on virtual machines (VMs). This means that network administrators no longer need to rely on dedicated hardware devices in order to build a service chain, thus reducing the need to overprovision data centres and dramatically reducing both CAPEX and OPEX.
Having the flexibility to move and provision VMs in response to application and bandwidth demands allows the IT department to be more agile, scalable and responsive to the demands of the business. It also greatly improves productivity and efficiency.
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