Changing the Network Management Paradigm with Outcome-Driven Networking

By Rachna Srivastava
Director of Product Marketing, VeloCloud
November 28, 2017

Outcome Flow Chart

It’s no secret that networks are complex and demand constant care and attention to ensure that they remain functional and operational. The number of applications and services supported by a corporate network incrementally add complexity and, in the absence of processes or solutions that simplify its management, organizations tend to throw people at the problem. But there is a better way.

With Outcome-Driven Networking, organizations are changing the way that networks are managed and maintained. It introduces a level of intelligence, learning, and automation that has not been present before, streamlining and aggregating activities into a single-click. Using Outcome-Driven Networking, IT teams simply determine a desired outcome, select that outcome in the network GUI, and the system performs all necessary activities to ensure that the outcome is achieved.

Why is this so different than other concepts that sound similar? One-click. Learning. Adaptation. Automation. Scalability. Flexibility. Omni-presence.

In all other suggested alternatives, there remains a high-level of interaction and manual configuration of the network, at multiple stages, by individuals. Even while some steps may have levels of automation available, there is no single solution that marries all the activities together to truly provide a comprehensive, proactive, and pervasive network management system. Until now.

Built on the fundamental principles of SDN and SD-WAN, VeloCloud Outcome-Driven Networking is uniquely positioned to enable the desired state of the network, and having automated network orchestration implement the outcome, with instant and automated configuration.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of what Outcome-Driven Networking offers IT teams. With a single click, IT managers can:

  • Separate PCI traffic in retail stores from regular traffic, like guest wifi
  • Improve voice quality for all call center locations
  • Deploy virtual firewalls with SD-WAN in the branch, cloud, and datacenter
  • Secure and optimize access to the DevOps environment in AWS

Utilizing Outcome-Driven Networking, organizations can significantly reduce the amount of time IT teams spend on managing and maintaining corporate networks, allowing them to leverage that “surplus” time for other critical and revenue generating projects and activities.

Underlying Outcome-Driven Networking are three primary components that make it possible:

  • Abstraction and Automation – VeloCloud SD-WAN translates outcomes into actions, including determining links, gateways, encryption needed, and more. These actions are deployed across the network without any user intervention bringing efficiency and simplicity to traditional deployment methods, eliminating site-by-site programming. These actions are not only performed on a per node basis or on-premises, but also includes cloud. It seamlessly integrates with existing deployments and helps with incremental deployments.
  • Contextual Implementation – VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN provides an enterprise and cloud-wide view of the entire network, and with relevant context will deploy configurations to devices such that the final outcomes are met. These configurations can be different for different devices. Network admins no longer have to worry about individual sites or nodes, or configuring across nodes. Once an app-centric outcome has been stated, the actions are deployed across the network no matter where the application or service resides.
  • Self-Learning and Adaptation – The system constantly ensures desired outcomes and SLAs are maintained. Once an outcome has been stated – for example – to prioritize voice, the system constantly checks links for brownout conditions and link quality to make sure voice traffic is being prioritized. The system will self-learn and adjust to provide desired results, without any manual intervention.

This blog is the first of a series of VeloCloud blogs discussing Outcome-Driven Networking. In the next blog in our series, VeloCloud will discuss intelligent routing and how it replaces existing legacy routers, eliminating the need for individual device-by-device configuration.

For an industry analyst perspective on Outcome-Driven Networking, see ESG’s white paper discussing the concept, its expected ROI, and how network management teams can take advantage of the benefits it offers. 

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