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Mobile devices. The data center. The WAN. All are players in the move to a software-defined industry that gives network operators more control, programmability and responsiveness to business needs.
The momentum behind the shift to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has seen organizations embrace the benefits and advantages offered by software and virtualization—benefits that center around agility, flexibility, and adaptability. This shift significantly changes how networks are built and operated, as well as how services are created and delivered. An increasingly critical component of any network, software helps meet evolving end-user demands for greater programmability and openness.
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An excerpt from IDC Executive Insights captures the shift to a software-defined network. “The network is moving from one based on rigid physical infrastructure to a more software–defined virtual infrastructure that is more closely linked with the targeted services and capabilities. This will enable new capabilities such as NFV. Networks will continue to be a platform for intelligence and play a lead role in providing next-gen security. As networks become more intelligent, they will align to focus more on business outcomes. Network discussions are moving away from static measurements such as availability and latency to improving business outcomes and employee productivity. Instead of provisioning network and cloud resources separately, IT managers will begin to provision them together and build networks that understand applications, and applications that are network-aware.”
SDN, NFV and orchestration provide the key building blocks of a next-generation virtualized infrastructure that instantly connects data to users and effectively synchronizes distributed computing resources. The end goal is a truly automated network, which will reduce time to market for new virtual services, and contribute to enhanced revenues.
Rob Casey, Product Manager for Blue Planet MCP, describes how MCP leverages SDN programmability to automate lifecycle operations across Ciena next-generation packet-optical infrastructure.
Are unreliable connectivity and bandwidth pressures driving up your CAPEX and OPEX, hindering agility and business innovation? You need a dynamic model—one that can deliver straight to the cloud to answer the increasing strain put on your...
Typically, networks have been defined and governed by their tangible properties—the hardware and wiring that make the physical connections between points. Software-Defined Networking (SDN)—a burgeoning network architecture—is turning that approach...
Network complexity is increasing exponentially, creating intense challenges in managing the explosive growth of end-points. Intelligent automation is a key enabler in outsmarting the complexity.
Five years after the advent of SDN and NFV, those technologies have moved into production spurred on by Cloud, IoT and 5G mega-trends. However, SDN/NFV adoption is far from mainstream. Recent discussions at SDN & NFV World Congress shed light on the ...
At the SDN/NFV World Congress, Orange has detailed their industry-first vCDN field trial, collaborating closely with Ciena’s Blue Planet team, and with our Blue Orbit ecosystem partner Akamai. Kevin Wade has all the details.
Get the “IHS Technology, SDN and NFV Vendor Leadership Global Service Provider Survey Excerpts” and see how the research indicates the two primary factors driving SDN and NFV and more.
The network architecture approach known as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) uses software applications that enable your network to be intelligently and centrally controlled, or ‘programmed.’ As a result, regardless of underlying hardware and...
When it comes to delivering a winning customer experience and staying ahead of your competitors, network data may have all the answers, says Joe Marsella, Vice President, Field Systems Engineering at Ciena
This paper outlines how the evolution to SDN/NFV requires an agile service fulfillment solution that supports the service provider journey from their current architecture to a hybrid of traditional and SDN/NFV domains, and ultimately to a fully...
Big Data Analytics promise to enable a more intelligent and automated network infrastructure. But if that's the goal, what features and attributes are key when considering an intelligent automation solution? Ciena's Mina Paik has the details.
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) reduces cost and accelerates service deployment for network operators by moving functions like firewalls and encryption from dedicated hardware to commodity servers.
Until recently, network functions such as firewalls and encryption have been performed on dedicated hardware devices. The rise of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has shifted this kind of processing to commodity servers. NFV brings significant ...
The Blue Planet brochure provides a high-level view of the Blue Planet network virtualization and service orchestration software.
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