How will Adaptive IP change your IP networks?
By James Glover – Over the last several years, network operators have been searching to control costs and accelerate innovation, while avoiding heavily integrated solutions that lock them into a single vendor’s solution. This search has led to explosive growth and innovation in the “open source” software and hardware communities that facilitates increased choice for best-in-breed network solutions and services.
Disaggregation, programmability, and open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are together playing a major role in disrupting legacy network designs by shifting innovation from hardware to software. The software-based virtualization of network functions and services allow for improved scaling and flexibility via a new approach to designing, deploying, and managing network architecture.
Today there is a disruptive trend towards virtualization of applications, services, and disaggregation (separation of hardware and software) of infrastructure. Combine this trend with the never-ending need for bandwidth, scaling and flexibility in network deployments, and we see an entirely new approach to network architecture emerging.
The entire end-to-end network must be agile to enable compute, storage and networking resources when and where required by leveraging programmable resources that don’t require physical reconfiguration to accommodate evolving service demands. This has led to open source discussions around open APIs, such as NETCONF/YANG, routing protocol extensions and enhancements, path computation, remote procedure calls, and so on… but what about OPEX?
How can operators address costs that scale linearly alongside network scaling?
Through automation and orchestration. more>
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