Delivering Truly Global Software-Defined Networking
- Not All SDN Services are Equal – There’s a misconception that you “get some SDN” and that’s global networking solved. A lot of Service Providers that offer Platform-Orchestrated WAN services have limited network footprints.
You can centrally manage these networks but that doesn’t mean you can instantly turn up services across Asia, Africa or the Middle East. Service Providers and Enterprises have to choose providers that have a depth of infrastructure spread globally. That’s the only way to gain the full advantages of SDN.
- Integrated APIs and the end of SDN Islands – Integrated APIs are enabling Automation and Programmability to go beyond traditional SDN islands and enable multiple Network Service Providers to offer a cohesive service across each other’s infrastructure.
Users can self-provision on-demand connectivity across different networks seamlessly. It extends their network reach while also adding new visibility into services beyond their home network, enabling business management decisions to be made faster and more effectively.
- Shaping the Future with New Standards – As SDN demand grows globally, standards have to be put in place to ensure that federated networks don’t turn into continents of SDN, rather than just isolated islands. The Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) is a great initiative that is supporting the growth of automation across global networking with a standards-based approach.
Choosing a SDN provider that is a MEF member and supporter of LSO is a way to future proof your SDN capabilities. MEF is taking a long-term approach to solving challenges in automation and interworking and supports SDN providers as they roll out new API integrations.