5 Ways to Make Adopting SDN Simple and Seamless
- Understanding SDN Objectives
When getting started, the MSP have to understand what it wants to achieve with SDN as well as its near and long-term goals in networking. An SDN platform can support MSPs in winning new business, upsell to existing customer while delivering exceptional service experience.
Having a roadmap in place will enable an MSP to measure the success of an SDN deployment and ensure greater success.
- Choosing the Right Platform
Not all SDN platforms are created equal. The best platforms can deliver a comprehensive set of networking solutions with a simple user interface that makes networking as easy as buying something on Amazon.
It should also be Application Programme Interface (API)-enabled to allow MSPs to integrate and automate network services into existing applications. This puts the control of the network into their hands.
- Service Threading
With businesses becoming more connected and increasingly complicated, the need for multiple connectivity options in one place is becoming a necessity. MSPs need an on-demand connectivity platform that allows them to thread services together in a consistent manner.
Using an SDN platform like Infiny, MSPs immediately gain a full suite of connectivity services that can be deployed on a global interconnect fabric.
- Working with Networking Experts
The platform isn't everything in SDN. It is important to work with an SDN provider who can deliver a carrier-grade network underpinned by a robust Service Level Agreement (SLA).
While some SDN providers may offer dense interconnections, they may not be able to guarantee the same level of Quality of Service (QoS) and Experience (QoE). In SDN, self-service provisioning doesn't mean no touch. MSPs still need expert support from real people.
- A Growing Ecosystem
If an SDN platform is not growing, it is in trouble. It has to be adding new partners, connectivity options, data centres, Internet Exchange Points (IXP) and Cloud Service Providers (CSP) to stay relevant. Epsilon is dedicated to continually evolving with emphasis on ongoing transformation of our network and interconnect ecosystem.