As applications and data continue to move to the cloud, service providers face serious challenges meeting the increasing demand for data center connectivity. Traditional ways of provisioning, managing, selling, and ultimately monetizing network assets are no longer dynamic enough to keep pace with the new requirements of data center connectivity. Moreover, providers have to deal with competitive pressures that will ultimately drive down pricing for connectivity.
Faced with these pressures, providers are looking for new ways to get value from their cloud networking architectures. A new white paper from Sonus looks at how service providers can use software-defined networking (SDN) to leverage cloud exchange networking resources and turn them into a dynamic, revenue-producing Network-as-a-Service (NaaS).
According to the white paper, service providers can transform their wide area networks (WANs) into revenue-generating NaaS opportunities by implementing a software-defined cloud exchange network solution that meets three main requirements for data center connectivity:
- Real-time management: Connectivity must be managed in real time based on business priorities
- Application traffic prioritization: Traffic must be prioritized based on business priorities for different applications, during both normal and non-normal working situations
- Bandwidth utilization: Resources must be dynamically allocated to maximize network utilization and lower the cost of connectivity
Deploying a cloud exchange networking platform can give service providers the ability to maximize network utilization, dynamically allocate bandwidth on demand, securely segment traffic when multiple customers are using a shared network resource, and use lower-cost switches at the customer’s and the data center’s network edge instead of routers. The paper illustrates the cost and competitive service advantages with two examples of NaaS applications:
- Data center interconnect, which looks at the dynamic and secure interconnection of data centers with the intent to optimize bandwidth utilization and reduce costs
- Metro Ethernet managed service, which explains how a software-defined cloud exchange networking solution can bring efficiencies to the traditional metro Ethernet business model, which is typically based on virtual LANs and routing to manage a customer’s WAN traffic
Read the white paper to learn more.