If you can't SDN, you're out the innovation running

Service providers unable to support their customers on the level of scalability and flexibility of a software-defined network are not ready for the new age of technology, says Ralph Berndt, director, Sales at Syrex.

Johannesburg, 31 Oct 2016
Ralph Berndt, director, Sales at Syrex.
Ralph Berndt, director, Sales at Syrex.

If you're not defining your business as a service provider to be able to support your customers on the level of scalability and flexibility of a software-defined network, then you're not ready for the new age of technology, says Ralph Berndt, Director, Sales at Syrex.

According to IDC, the worldwide software-defined networking (SDN) market is looking to grow significantly over the next few years. The forecast predicts that by 2020, it will be worth nearly $US12.5 billion, thanks to its innovative architectural model and capabilities. It's continued to build on its promise and its premise, delivering improvements in network functionality and virtualisation which are essential to the enterprise for both agility and the Internet of things (IOT). The physical components of the network are dying a slow and painful death, and SDN is doing what technology claims it has been doing for years, it's innovating.

Well, it is for organisations that are paying attention, anyway. Those hiding behind legacy hardware architecture are not about to experience the benefits of the SDN as they remain in captivity, held in by their tin. Think on it; a network which can be scaled to suit business requirements in only seconds, not days, with a price tag that matches. The architecture can be used as a springboard for additional as-a-service solutions which are secure, highly resilient and exceptionally powerful.

Syrex has just launched a true core software-based network with software-defined networking in the Teraco data centre. There is no need to rely on physical routers to handle customer routing; everything is managed and controlled from within the SDN. Syrex has invested into the underlying set architecture of multiple clustered servers running with zero latency and interdependency. Thousands of virtual routers can be spun up and allocated in seconds, with the promise of high availability, uptime, SLAs and all the guarantees that the business needs. As architectures go, its flexible, scalable and dynamic enough to meet the most demanding of enterprise requirements. It also comes with a South African first - Checkpoint.

Already provided to a number of leading South African organisations as part of the Syrex product offering, Checkpoint is an incredibly secure and powerful, fully managed, appliance-based firewalling solution. The entire package crafted by Syrex charges only one operational cost with zero hardware infrastructure investment and has been built using the Checkpoint software on the Syrex architecture. Firewall-as-a-Service (FaaS) is capable of delivering superior service to customers, regardless of size or scale, and licensing, support and maintenance are included in a monthly fee.

By being able to provide next-generation FaaS alongside its SDN core, Syrex has created a high-level architecture that is seamlessly controlled and managed along client parameters. The client no longer has to worry about the quirks of co-locating hardware, buying it, replacing it or maintaining it - it is all handled by Syrex. Instead of having to allocate a piece of tin with another for routing core, Syrex has said goodbye to bottlenecks with its fully virtualised SDN network.

As physical components fall by the wayside and SDN steps in to take the lead, there is no time like the present to take advantage of its capabilities and potential. In addition to its resilience, powerful architecture and speedy adaptability, SDN is more cost-effective for the business, allowing for scale on demand without heavy infrastructure investment and the challenges that it brings. In the end, it's simple. If you can't SDN, you're out.



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