Software vendor Anuta Networks announced the general availability of its ATOM platform. The platform provides assurance, telemetry, and orchestration for multi-vendor networks. The cloud-native software platform uses closed-loop automation and containerized microservices.
The ATOM platform enables enterprises and service providers to design and provision network services, collect real-time telemetry and deep network analytics, and maintain compliance and service assurance in a variety of environments.
ATOM provides cross-domain orchestration and assurance, which includes multiple domains such as on premises, branches, campus and software-defined networking (SDN) infrastructures, backbones, and data centers. It supports orchestration and assurance for more than 40 vendors and SDN controllers.
Increasing network demands — driven by evolving applications, increasing amounts of data, growing threats, and too many vendors, tools, and layers — require a unified framework for enterprises, said Anuta Director of Marketing Kiran Sirupa. “ATOM provides a unified, container-based technology that can scale as needed, gives high availability and high resiliency, and it supports multiple vendors.”
ATOM’s layered infrastructure includes the core services required for telemetry, analytics, and orchestration. According to Sirupa, this means that providers can build and layer their own applications on top of the platform for assurance, virtualization, reports, and more.
According to Sirupa, “we understand system constraints and once we have an accurate view of the infrastructure we can collect telemetric data.” ATOM uses Google protocol buffers to help provide an open standards approach in the multi-vendor environments. The benefit of this is that users can search the network for operational data, and correlate the network with the rest of the infrastructure.
The foundation of these layers are Docker containers, which gives each service its own lifecycle. Thus, each service can be managed and measure on an individual basis, checking its health, scaling up and down, and giving the enterprise flexibility. Because it is based on Docker containers, it is standardized and can be deployed on any cloud, said Sirupa.
For example, if a user only wanted to deploy orchestration services, all other services can be shut down. Additionally the orchestrator deployed on ATOM will detect and autoscale based on the discovery component of the platform, requiring no human interaction — it all scales automatically.
As the platform is meeting the growing needs of the network, that means preparing for future networks as well. ATOM is horizontally scalable to any number, millions or tens, of devices and will provide network protection for the Internet of Things (IoT) and other massive scalability requirements. And in the future, Sirupa says the platform will have more predictive analytics.