Thinking Outside of the Box with Intelligent Routing and an Outcome-Driven Approach
Director of Product Marketing, VeloCloud
November 30, 2017
Every network must route traffic – whether it’s voice, video, data or more. That’s a given. Because of this, routers became a staple of legacy infrastructures, with every location in the network using one and heavily depending on its capabilities to keep the business functional.
BUT routing is not a function that can only be performed by routers. In fact, with the advent of software-defined networks, it is no longer necessary and can be better leveraged as a virtual network function to take full advantages of the benefits of a software base and of the cloud. And to take it one step further, instead of operating as a separate and distinct feature set as with an NFV, incorporate routing capabilities into complementary technology platforms that allows each to enhance and leverage the functionality of the others.
Organizations no longer need to invest in costly hardware, pay high maintenance costs to specialized engineers to maintain the hardware, or not realize the immediate benefits of software updates or configurations because each router must be managed independently, which takes a large investment of time. With software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), this is a reality, and one of which many companies are adopting.
As we discussed in the first blog in our series, Outcome-Driven Networking has introduced two hugely imperative drivers of network simplicity: automation and intelligence. Under the umbrella of Outcome-driven networking are several key functional areas that collectively change the way IT teams will manage organizational networks. The first is intelligent routing.
VeloCloud intelligent routing goes far beyond what is traditionally thought of as standard routing. Routing policies are abstracted, eliminating the need for site-by-site programming, elevating those policies to the global level that can then be implemented at a touch of a button.
With VeloCloud Outcome-Driven Networking and intelligent routing, system administrators no longer have to manually configure individual nodes. Instead, within the VeloCloud Orchestrator, users select the final outcome (based on business intent) and the intelligence inherent in the VeloCloud SD-WAN platform immediately, and in real-time, implements all of the required actions and changes to achieve the desired result.
As an example, let’s consider that a given hub on the network will be the exit for an application. Users no longer will have to configure or perform a long list of commands across all the devices that are part of a chain to arrive at the given result. With a single click, the final outcome is achieved. And not only that, but the intelligence of the platform enables self-learning that allows for adaptation through the constant monitoring of traffic and redistribution of routes as needed to maintain that desired outcome for the long-term.
What does this mean to the organization? Efficiency. Time-savings. Uniformity. Error reduction. Cost-savings. And the ability to leverage all of these into investments in business strategies and drivers to fuel continued organizational growth and expansion.
In the next of our blog series, we’ll take a look at segmentation as a component of Outcome-Driven Networking.
To read our previous blog on an overview of what Outcome-Driven Networking is, click here.
To read more about outcome-driven networking, read the recent white paper from ESG Group.
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