By Dharmraj Jhatakia, General Manager and Head of SDN-NFV, Happiest Minds Technologies
Networking is undergoing a sea change — it must to meet the demands of increasingly connected and constantly bandwidth-hungry organizations that realize the window of opportunity for responding to market disruptions is getting becoming smaller by the day. Technology is not viewed by smart customers as a just an enabler. In many cases, especially for organizations that are looking to dominate an existing market or create a completely new one, it’s the trump card. And while the network infrastructure may not be the most exciting aspect of digital, it plays a key role in enabling competitive advantage.
Partners must understand the key drivers that are shaping a new networking reality. I have handpicked four major trends that are important to that understanding.
1. SD-WAN: SDN has made substantial inroads into the enterprise network, propelled by how its affinity with traditional best practices, like decoupling control, helps manage new layers of networking infrastructure. With SDN, the complexity of routing policies and the layers of carriers and circuits are simplified into an intuitive algorithm that is a mix and match of applications, control layers, devices and networks. While the technology is still evolving, it’s seen tremendous success in certain use cases, notably SD-WAN. That’s no surprise given the explosion of Internet-based applications, public cloud services and evolving WAN requirements. A software-defined WAN enables partners to simplify hybrid WAN connectivity, optimize network performance and provide better user experience and more cost-effective solutions for customers.
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2. D-NFV for scalability: With users connecting at the speed of light and trillions of gigabytes of data being generated every day, telco/cableco service providers and enterprises have a daunting task ahead of them. Network functions virtualization enables service providers and OEMs to build the more agile, adaptable and efficient networks needed to manage big data by decoupling the network layer from a single box to multiple servers, allowing organizations to scale quickly and more affordably. Overall, NFV promises reduced downtime and high performance of network architecture. NFV has three common deployment models; D-NFV, or distributed NFV, is gaining traction of late thanks to its promise of greater security, faster time to market, lower latency, improved performance and enablement of new business models. By enabling service providers to deploy network functions at far-flung customer premises, D-NFV eases sales of services such as WAN acceleration, QoS, security and more. Partners need to have a plan.
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3. IoT and 5G: Remember when users were able to transfer only limited amounts of data due to exorbitant costs and technological limitations? With a drastic increase in the number of “things” connected to the internet, there is a huge hunger for bandwidth. This dramatic flow of connected devices places significant challenges around managing network traffic, minimizing latency and …