In my product management role at Cisco Systems the world’s largest networking vendor, I get to hear first-hand the requirements from cloud and network service providers and large enterprise customers.
The Pandemic effect
The Global COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the way we access applications and corporate network resources. With people working from home, students remote learning the online usage has risen significantly. The traffic origins have shifted from corporate buildings to home broadband connections. The traffic generated is more distributed in terms of location and number of devices, this is having a big impact on Enterprise IT networks. Data usage is on the rise as expected, there is a spike in usage of cloud-based video conferencing applications, streaming applications, e-commerce, social media and last but not the least gaming.
Cloud and network service providers are scrambling to meet the business demand to build out additional network capacity and distributed secure connections within a falling IT spend budget. Network automation with tools like Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) is becoming a basic requirement in running a fast dynamic and multi-vendor network infrastructure environment.
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"NSO’s model-driven approach to network automation and service orchestration is enabling Telstra to improve network service outcomes for our customers. Our deployment of NSO is providing our customers with new levels of quality services faster."
- David Robertson, Director for Network Transport & Routing Engineering, Telstra
"Cisco Open Network architecture has enabled us to dramatically increase our ability to provide a highly responsive customer experience. The flexibility and open nature of the Cisco solution will equip us with the tools to innovate new services at a rapid pace and keep ahead of our competition."
“Cisco Network Services Orchestrator reduces the risk of configuration errors and the time required for network configuration by as much as 75 percent. It will play a key role in expanding our networks.”
3) Next Generation Network Development
Cloud and Baremetal deployment of applications
Cloud ready network infrastructure deployment
Enabling NFV, CNF and Containerized environments
“Equinix accelerated its cloud aspirations by using Cisco NSO for self-provisioning of its Cloud Exchange service."
The journey of this network transformation and shift towards the cloud environment is not an overnight one, addressing overall requirement with multiple point solutions/products not aligned to an overall architecture is a recipe for disaster. Cisco NSO orchestration engine is cross domain and helps customers manage and run the network deployment from a point.