Programmability, application aware environments, and software defined networks are popular topics in the industry right now. Network operators see the revenue opportunities to deliver services which can dynamically utilize network infrastructure while meeting application specific requirements. This thought process dominated at this year’s Carrier Ethernet World Congress in Barcelona, and Cisco was helping lead the way.
It was a pleasure to watch some of our thought leaders share their unique and innovative ideas and direction with the larger service provider, vendor and analyst community – starting with Software Defined Networking (SDN). SDN wasn’t the only topic, we shared ideas around mobile trends such as 4G/LTE and small cells and the resulting network impact, the increasing need to marry the IP layer with the underlying transport layers, and strategies around moving legacy TDM services onto a packet infrastructure. I love watching the cross-industry creativity flow as we collectively solve today’s challenges posed by the growth of new user trends.
All that said, for Cisco what was really exciting at the event was earning the award for “Best Carrier Ethernet Cloud Access and Cloud Infrastructure Solution” for our Network Positioning System (NPS). Cisco NPS harvests intelligence from the network to optimize workload placement, performance and Quality of Experience (QoE) for services delivered over cloud-based infrastructure. NPS leverages knowledge of the physical network topology,
performance, capacity utilization to enable operators to optimally deliver content and services in dynamic cloud computing environment.
NPS is enabled through a framework of Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE), which can either be integrated into existing customer infrastructure for delivery of cloud optimized services or deployed through an end-to-end Cisco offering that includes Cisco’s orchestration solutions as well. Economically differentiated and optimized infrastructure for cloud workload placement enabled by NPS delivers high returns for service providers and their customers.
NPS can be deployed over a variety of applications and cloud services offerings such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Content Delivery Network (CDN), Desktop Virtualization (VXI), Hosted Collaboration Solutions (HCS), Virtual Multi-Tenant Data Center (VMDC), Data Center Interconnect (DCI), etc. Disaster Recovery is a critical scenario where NPS can be leveraged to minimize downtime and maximize protection of critical infrastructure resources and availability during catastrophic failure scenarios.
Earlier this year NPS was independently validated by Light Reading and EANTC. They were able to see the competitive advantage service providers could gain by offering cloud based services to optimize the customer experience when accessing geo-redundant or distributed data centers. . They also noted how NPS great simplified the operations of the network and data center – that “It is impressive to see that functions that required complicated traffic engineering knowledge in the past have been simplified and repackaged for general consumption”.
It will be a pleasure to make the return from the CEWC in Barcelona bearing gifts – the NPS award validates all the hard work and innovation happening at home!