If you’ve been paying attention to all the news on software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) then you’re likely very confused. Kidding aside, the goals of SDN and NFV are simple. They are focused on enabling service providers to deploy new services faster while reducing operational overhead.
What’s difficult is figuring out how to transition from your current architecture to this next generation architecture. The transition is going to take some effort.
When looking at the access network and what’s required, the key is really in two areas:
- Can your access systems easily integrate with the SDN controllers and orchestrators in your network?
- Does your access system allow you to virtualize functions without a significant amount of porting to an x86 architecture?
To answer yes to these two questions and make the move without adding overhead and complexity, service providers need an access system that supports native NETCONF/Yang models and can integrate with any SDN controller. In addition to easily enable virtualizing functions that same access system should already have an x86 architecture and have a clean interface between the hardware and the rest of the system software.
With the AXOS E9-2 Intelligent Edge System, moving to an SDN/NFV architecture is just simple. AXOS provides a native NETCONF/Yang northbound interface enabling it to easily integrate with anySDN controller. In addition, the modularity of AXOS and the x86 architecture of the E9-2 enables functions like the Routing Protocol Module (RPm) or the Subscriber Management Module (SMm) to be easily virtualized in the future when you’re ready.
So get started by deploying the AXOS E9-2 Intelligent Edge System in your network and then move to an SDN/NFV access network architecture in the future when you're ready.