PICS Telecom SDN

The SDN (R)evolution

The revolution or evolution towards SDN continues. We take a look at what this means for the telecommunications industry. 

It is 2016, and it is a fact that SDN technology (or the virtualization of entire networks) is evolving at a very rapid pace. Since SDN is unstoppable, for network operators the question is not whether to “evolve” to SDN, but when. They will also have to consider whether the totality of their network should be virtualized or just part of it. Indeed, the telecommunication industry has to adapt or risk being left behind.

SDN works on open-source mode. It is being pushed by an ever-growing demand for bandwidth at customer level and a need to find systems that are more flexible to the needs of the changing network. SDN certainly offers many benefits: Decoupling itself from static technology enables the architecture of the network to be modified on demand. Hardware will transform from being specialist equipment to generalist; specific software is what will give the equipment its specialist status. SDN’s automated network enables better network management, not to mention that it is more cost-effective since it removes the human element. Finally, another very important benefit includes its adaptability to the needs of the customer who, thanks to AI tech can pick and choose software to design their own “à la carte” networks from a portfolio.

As indicated earlier, the million dollar SDN question is whether to virtualize the whole network or whether to keep the traditional infrastructure or even a combination of the two. The network manager must consider the short and long-term requirements of the network, see if the existing technology serves those needs, and how SDN technology could help. She or he must balance all these considerations with the monetary expenses and the expected return of the investment. The evolution to SDN will be a good move for the industry in the long term because it minimizes the involvement of personnel, which results in great savings. In general, smaller companies may not be comfortable with such big changes (in this case, perhaps a combination of both traditional and SDN tech could be a good move) while bigger businesses will benefit the most.

Short term, the evolution to SDN will mean that as vendors continue to push for the life of hardware to be shortened (it’s a profit-making move for them), network operators will be faced with keeping their networks running and, in the long term dealing with unwanted assets that need to be disposed of properly. PICS Telecom can help in two important ways: Time and know-how. We can buy network operators more time with their systems until they are ready to move toward SDN; our high-quality, tested surplus telecom equipment will keep their systems running. And PICS Telecom has a finger on the pulse of the SDN evolution: When businesses are faced with unwanted equipment that needs to be retired we can help, as our services have been specially developed to assist businesses dealing with this situation. We offer customized business solutions that retire telecom equipment sustainably while maximizing their value.

The evolution towards SDN is a reality for network operators and enterprises and yet, with the opportunities that a cloud-based network brings, also comes lots of expenses and decisions. PICS Telecom can help minimize headaches and ease businesses towards this next phase for the telecommunications industry.

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