Open Network Platform for NFV and SDN
Today, we ask more from our networks than ever before. We demand that they do more with less. That they help us to increase top line revenue with new, high-value customer services while decreasing costs on the bottom line. Unfortunately, today's traditional networks are largely based on fixed function, proprietary devices that are typically costly to provision, and difficult to manage and scale. The network needs to be transformed to be agile and more cost efficient. So how do we get there?
Software Defined Networking, or SDN, and Network Function Virtualization, or NFV, are two key catalysts for network transformation. SDN transforms how traffic is routed by separating the control plane and data plane within network infrastructure devices. An SDN controller provides a single, centralized view of the network. Applications can tap into that information to gain real-time insight into what's happening across the network, and even programmatically control their traffic flows based on their security and performance needs.
NFV uses standardized server virtualization to eliminate the need for fixed function network devices, replacing them with virtual machines that perform those same services on open servers. That enables these services to be scaled on demand and to be located anywhere across the infrastructure.
Based on industry standards, the Intel® Open Network Platform®, or Intel ONP, is part of the Intel Software Defined Infrastructure vision --and is architected to accelerate and simplify SDN and NFV deployments, enabling enterprises, carriers and public cloud providers to reduce CapEx and OpEx, while accelerating their ability to test, deploy and scale new, revenue-generating services. Let's start with CapEx savings.
In an SDN- and NFV network, expensive, dedicated network devices are replaced with virtualized, off-the-shelf servers. As a result, each component not only costs less --it's also better utilized, so you need fewer of them. Virtualization is the key because you can dynamically scale each network task on demand so you no longer need to overprovision fixed function components.
And that brings us to OpEx savings, where those fewer network components mean reduced power consumption and cost. But even more OpEx savings comes from reduced administration and management costs.
Whereas managing a traditional network requires expertise across many manufacturer-specific command line interfaces, SDN and NFV environments enable all components to be controlled in a uniform manner from a single interface, reducing administrative costs.
Similarly, SDN and NFV can automate and simplify how traffic is redirected during demand spikes, congestion or the failure of a component or even an entire region --such as during a catastrophic natural disaster. And that represents a huge cost savings compared to today's time-consuming, manual process.
Further OpEx reductions come from being able to run production, test and live upgrades on the same infrastructure, without disrupting traffic. Testing can even be simulated via software. All of these capabilities greatly decrease the need for redundant components and secondary networks.
The most exciting advantages of an Intel Open Network Platform-based SDN and NFV infrastructure come from the ability to quickly develop, deploy and scale new, revenue-boosting services for customers. SDN and NFV enable these services to be much more network-aware, and to programmatically control traffic flows to ensure a high-quality experience.
Developing these services on Intel® architecture-based platforms also means you gain access to the world's broadest ecosystem for datacenter infrastructure so you can accelerate development, testing, and ultimately, time to market. And by using a virtualized infrastructure model, you can quickly and easily deploy new services as virtual machines, while also applying and scaling the appropriate virtualized network functions required by those services. This makes it easy to set up or tear down services and customize service delivery by geography or customer type.
So there you have it. You really can do more with less --reducing network CapEx and OpEx while accelerating your ability to develop and deploy new, revenue-generating services. If you'd like to find out more about how Intel ONP, and SDN and NFV solutions can help you transform your network, please visit us on the web.