Thank you to everyone who joined SDxCentral for its latest DemoFriday featuring Sonus on examining important factors to consider when architecting the wide area network (WAN) to support business continuity. After the demo, Sonus was nice enough to take some questions from the attendees. Read the whole Q&A from the Sonus DemoFriday below.
Do you have an analytics engine?
Sonus: Yes, Sonus uses Splunk’s Big Data system to collect network statistics, and our FarSight Splunk application to provide the analytics and visualization. FarSight also provides an API for remote information collection.
Which type of network devices do you work with?
Sonus: We like OpenFlow-enabled devices that we further qualify ourselves and then recommend to customers. We currently support several high performance packet switches and a few optical transport or cross-connect systems.
Where is Sonus NaaS IQ being deployed today?
Sonus: Sonus’ NaaS IQ is being deployed by service providers and enterprises around the world, and the benefits have been game-changing for these customers. Let’s look at two examples: State Street Bank and Telstra (which acquired Pacnet).
State Street Bank was able to reduce the 36 month total cost of ownership (TCO) from $7.13 million to $1.51 million, nearly an 80 percent cost reduction. Telstra was able to increase network utilization from 25 percent to 90 percent following the deployment of NaaS IQ and reduce time-to-revenue for service from 18-20 days to minutes.
How do you interact with IP Sec and VPN?
Sonus: Within the network control platform we don’t do anything much different. These are applications that specify resource intents to the API, such as a particular path, and we can chain services through hardware devices or VNFs.
Again, using open source software such as StrongSwan, we can perform research on architectures useful to our customers, or suggest network designs that include such capability.