At the current pace, telecom vendors will have invested over $3 billion just in the idea of software defined networking (SDN) by 2018. And what does the industry have to show for it? Till today the only full fledge SDN network has been rolled out only in the data center. Gartner’s Hype Cycle describes SDN as hitting rock bottom. So SDN is out? Not so fast.
Despite the struggles that SDN has presented to vendors, tech giants like Facebook and Google continue to invest heavily in the idea. With benefits like greater operations agility, better software and hardware integration and reduced costs on the horizon, it can be difficult to give up the SDN dream.
Driven by social media, the move to cloud networking and mobility, todays networks are becoming ever more open. In parallel, as security threats become more prevalent – this 'openness ' is making protecting networks and business data ever more difficult.
For a decade, service providers have struggled to compete with the seemingly more agile over the top (OTT) vendors. At first, SDN was hailed as the answer, but SDN bloomed more slowly than expected. As a result many have turned to network functions virtualization (NFV) to transform both their infrastructure and their ability to respond to customer needs. NFV is expected to push service providers into the digital age while lowering costs and increasing agility. But most of us haven’t quite figured out how NFV will help them save money let alone unlock new revenue streams.
We've all been told how software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) will help the industry cut costs, streamline operations, speed time to market for new services and utilize network resources more efficiently. If you think Google is the only company that can successfully implement these solutions, think again. At AfricaCom 2015, ECI will present its ELASTIC Network™ solutions, show how service providers can already experience the benefits of SDN, and how NFV-based solutions will ensure a more secure network traffic.
Data center infrastructures need to be designed for dynamic bandwidth allocation, service scheduling, and network automation in order to be cost-effective. More importantly, you need a high-density network that can handle growing demand for bandwidth in the most economic and secure way possible.
On November 10 - 11, critical infrastructure companies, data center operators, and consultancies will gather in Frankfurt, Germany for the Data Center World Expo to discuss the newest solutions for creating the connected data centers of tomorrow.
With corporate IT needs rapidly evolving, investing in the right foundations is critical. ECI will be at the Data Center World Expo to present a solution that solves this issue—the ElastiCLOUD™.
Topics: Cloud Networking
You may have heard that ECI Telecom has been accepted as a participant in the prestigious United Nations (UN) Global Compact initiative. All of us at ECI are very excited about this achievement, particularly since sustainability and responsible business practices are at the heart of the Company’s business approach and long-term strategy.