The promise that software-defined networking (SDN) will enable the IT department to be more responsive to business demands is being held back by the lack of practical deployable solutions. Many of the SDN offerings on the market require organizations to invest time and money in reskilling its workforce before these benefits can be realized.
Masergy, a managed network services company, has introduced a cloud-based router service that enables enterprise customers with branch offices the ability to access the benefits of SDN without the need for specialist skills.
The big advantage of the Masergy platform service is the ability to meet real-time business demands, such as the need to increase available bandwidth or service planes in real time. The Masergy cloud-based SDN solution provides the ability to support real-time applications such as voice and video. To support these real-time applications, Masergy has invested in its service planes that meet stringent metrics, including 100% in-sequence packet delivery, a maximum global latency variation (jitter) of 1ms, and the ability to perform sub-second network recovery.
Ovum believes that the market in SDN is nascent, and solutions such as Masergy’s offering that enables customers to manage their network routing needs centrally without any remote-premise equipment is a good starting point. While the solution is not an automated SDN solution where bandwidth can be altered depending on a number of factors automatically, it has the potential to develop this capability. Ovum believes that cloud-based routing is one option that customers can select to begin their SDN journey, particularly if they do not have an abundance of skilled resources.
Learning from x86 Virtualization in the Adoption of SDN and NFV Technologies, IT0022-000152, (August 2014)
Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions
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