Traditionally, network operators have handled increased congestion with overprovisioning. As rapid increases in network bandwidth are driven by video and Unified Communications (UC) traffic, this scaling model is no longer economically feasible. Network administrators are seeking application-aware and dynamic network policy for ease of provisioning and real-time performance and analytics.
How do you handle rapidly changing traffic dynamics in a cost-efficient manner? How do you connect your network to your application in real-time?
Today’s show, sponsored by Sonus Networks, examines ways to deliver predictable behavior in an environment of congestion via an intelligent network control coupled with application-aware policies driven by business rules.
Sonus, a company focused on real-time communications, made the leap into SDN through its acquisition of assets from Treq Labs earlier this year. This acquisition opened the door to an expanded SDN strategy, pushing Sonus to develop a diverse portfolio that benefits service providers and enterprises around the world.
Sonus CTO Kevin Riley and Sonus Technology Fellow Dan Malek sat down with Packet Pushers to discuss the trajectory of the company, its SDN ambitions, and why Sonus is taking a market-disruptive approach to SD-WAN.
What We Discuss
- Using OpenFlow switches as “tollbooths” through the network to direct traffic
- Programming paths in real-time as sessions are being turned up or down
- The importance and benefits of intelligence in a network control platform
- Control plane reliability places a higher load on the network control platform
- Automating network control with little or no human intervention
- Metering flows to enable customer to drive networks in a deterministic way
- Network visualization and analytics
- Intelligently routing calls based on current network conditions
- Integrating Session Border Controllers into the network