IP network route and traffic analytics software company integrates
Route Explorer with OpenDaylight controller
“With our SDN provisioning application, customers do not need to do a forklift network hardware upgrade or deploy a new network architecture where every demand has to be provisioned via the controller,” said
The real-time network provisioning by SDN controllers and the successful monitoring and management of SDN applications requires always-current network models and traffic load profiles. Because Route Explorer uniquely captures the current topology and all routing events in real time, it does not depend on applications making reservation requests to the controller. Instead, it applies a rich set of analytics to compute paths, current and expected traffic levels, and end-to-end delays. This means it can easily expand beyond tunnels as well as integrate with additional controllers to fill the SDN management void.
Packet Design customers who are early adopters of SDN and have begun exploring the capabilities of the OpenDaylight controller requested the integration. In particular, service providers – who stand to benefit the most from the programmability that SDN offers – are showing keen interest in analytics and orchestration. Packet Design technology is already being used by one very large service provider in its SDN prototype deployment.
“SDN is that mountain top in the distance that you want to be on, but getting from here to there is the challenge,” said
While much of the current industry focus on SDN is in the software-defined data center, where management challenges are less complex, Packet Design is enabling SDN in the routed wide area network (WAN), which needs best practices and tools for management visibility and policy-based control. Packet Design is developing its Network Access Broker (NAB), which will verify if the network can handle the routing and traffic demands of SDN applications without impacting other applications adversely, so that the requests can be accepted or denied. In addition, the NAB will offer alternative network configurations to the SDN controller if the application request would have a negative effect on service delivery.
To see a demo of the Route Explorer System SDN provisioning, visit Packet Design at Cisco Live in booth #310.
About Packet Design
Founded in 2003, Packet Design has pioneered the complex science of route analytics to address today’s network management challenges. The Route Explorer System monitors network-wide routing and traffic, providing operational alerts to failures and anomalies. Analyses and DVR-like replay capabilities speed troubleshooting, and routing and traffic modeling helps network planners predict the impact of changes and new workloads. Packet Design’s unique real-time routing intelligence will be a critical enabler for the programmable and dynamic software defined networks of the future. The world’s largest telecommunications companies, mobile operators, MSOs, service providers, enterprises and government agencies use the Route Explorer System to improve network availability and performance while maximizing the return on assets. Visit www.packetdesign.com for more information.
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Source: Packet Design