Network Virtualization Solutions
The Elements of the Next Generation Network
The next generation network includes three well-known groups that can be combined, rationalized, and reconciled seamlessly.
Business applications often have unique network requirements for public, private, and on-premise clouds, as well as network elements in the field. For example:
- The manufacturing sector and its supporting devices often require reliability and simultaneous connection capacity.
- The retailing sector needs security, scalability, and geographical coverage.
- The healthcare sector depends on tolerance and broad bandwidth.
The next generation business-oriented network must be capable of establishing a closed network that meets respective industry, or vertical, requirements.
Virtual Resource and Network Functions
Network functions, servers, and edge compute resources can be virtualized to support automation, orchestration, and optimization.
- Guaranteed Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for network slices
- Optimized resource allocation
- Closed-loop feedback and analysis that uses artificial intelligence to take appropriate action and remediation.
To provide end-to-end service provisioning, network automation, orchestration, and network slicing, the physical network layer must have the following characteristics:
- High scalability
- Open and standardized control plane interfaces that supports multi-vendor hardware interoperability
- Functionally disaggregated architecture for on-demand hardware additions and upgrades
- Open and standardized APIs for network slicing and network orchestration