While Network Cloud’s impact is revolutionary – its deployment is evolutionary. It is architected to migrate service providers to cloud-based networking without disrupting existing performance metrics and without compromising on feature completeness. This is achieved through three mechanisms:
- Handles Growth Traffic First: Network Cloud is typically deployed to handle growth traffic first. With capacity demand growing by 20-40% a year, this will quickly result in near universal coverage
- Covers all your protocols: Depending on the specific use case, Network Cloud includes interfaces to all relevant legacy protocols needed for full interoperability – no less and not much more. When the conditions are right, Network Cloud can take over legacy traffic
- Scales-up Gradually: Thanks to its microservices-based architecture, Network Cloud can be scaled-up gradually to support more services and protocols, without disrupting the data path. This is particularly relevant for exotic protocols that may not justify full support from the get-go.
Growth traffic first
Service provider networks have been growing exponentially over the last decade to meet the unprecedented demands of digital workflows and lifestyles, with network capacities growing by 20-40% a year. Network Cloud addresses growth traffic first. Within a couple of years, existing traffic constitutes only half of overall capacity, while new traffic on the network cloud constitutes the other half and growing.
Covers all your protocols
Modern networks display an extreme case of the Pareto principle in action: a handful of services (such as online video) account for the vast majority of traffic. At the same time, legacy services still run on CSP networks and must be delivered with carrier-grade reliability. These often rely on specialized network protocols and constitute a very small amount of traffic. The need to address both categories of services is one of the reasons existing OEM routers are often bloated with a massive number of features.
Network Cloud, built from scratch as a modern, lean routing infrastructure:
- Focuses on the needs of tomorrow.
- Starts with the services that drive the most traffic and interfaces smoothly with existing networks that carry services which rely on more specialized protocols.
Scale up when you’re ready
A key to the migration process is the ability to upgrade and expand network capabilities without disruption to the flow of traffic.
Network Cloud’s disaggregated architecture:
- Separates the data path from the control plane, enabling distinct growth vectors for the two network planes.
- Allows the data path to scale-out with the addition of more white box Network Cloud clusters, while the control plane scales-up separately with new services, protocols and features.