Strategies for Maximizing Network Efficiency
Today people talk about making networks more agile, flexible and scalable as if that kind of transformation were trivial and companies just don't feel like making the necessary adjustments to keep pace. What those people seem to be overlooking themselves is just how complex these networks really are. With so much traditional technology embedded throughout a service provider environment, it would be extremely expensive to try to replace everything overnight.
The real problem – CAPEX and OPEX budgets aren't what they once were. Today’s service providers are looking at lower ARPU due to the proliferation of the increasingly popular flat fee revenue model. Even large enterprises no longer have unlimited budgets – they now have to show rapid ROI for every investment they make to improve the network.
But service providers and network administrators have to do something to alleviate the strain that escalating demand and high bandwidth applications have put on current environments. Organizations must evolve and expand to meet expanding customer needs.
As organizations look to expand network capacity, cut costs and transform networks for next-gen communications – all with limited resources – they are some key strategies that every company should consider:
Using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Today, innovations in NFV thinking offer service providers a less expensive and disruptive migration path to virtualization. Once implemented, administrators can tightly control resources to take some strain off the network while ensuring that high value transactions are prioritized at all times.
Putting underground assets to better use. Maximizing how entrenched networks perform is the fastest, easiest way to expand capacity and bring high speed service to all customers. With enhanced spectral efficiency and network transport protocols, service providers can optimize service delivery processes to drive greater returns on existing infrastructure investments.
Reducing power consumed by the network. Every operator is looking to go green for both financial and efficiency reasons. In this post, we will review the latest strategies and technologies for reducing power consumption and infrastructure related requirements.
Using Software Defined Networking (SDN). By separating the network's control operations from its forwarding systems, SDN not only adds operating efficiencies but it also provides greater insights into how a distributed network operates.
Over the next few weeks, we will expand on these points and provide concrete tips for executing each strategy mentioned. As we go through the list of recommendations, some of these suggestions will seem so small that they are hardly worth the effort whereas others will seem too resource intensive to consider in the short run. Because there is no one size fits all approach to maximizing network efficiency, each organizations will have to weigh the relative benefits of implementing each change within their own environment.
But one this is clear – service providers need to do something. Simply expanding current network models and carrying inefficiencies into next-gen environments will just exacerbate the problem. Instead of simply adding capacity and hoping revenues will eventually cover the costs, companies need to get smarter about the technology they choose. By taking a broader, longer term view of network efficiency, service providers have a real opportunity to create lasting change that will benefit the company for years to come.
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Topics: Enhancing Network Efficiency