IP is awesome. But it needs to get adaptive.
That’s the word from Ciena, a champion of the adaptive networking movement. In fact, the company recently introduced something called Adaptive IP.
With Adaptive IP, Ciena delivers a Service-Aware (News - Alert) Operating System with IP capabilities to address high-growth applications. Ciena explains that this highly progammable, modular, and open IP architecture/OS also expedites time to market and supports quality of service for new, existing, and future applications. And it employs an array of other advanced technologies and approaches, including automation, to make that happen.
“Adaptive IP is a solution that goes beyond the individual capabilities of a network element and builds upon programmable network infrastructure,” says James Glover, director of packet networking product management at Ciena. “Our intelligent automation implementation combines SDN-based orchestration with analytics. This allows operators to leverage deep network knowledge to power the automation of services and operations.”
Data collection and sharing are the hallmarks of this Layer 3-oriented architecture. Network elements in Adaptive IP networks share their status with network management and analytics applications. In turn, those applications assess how to adjust those and/or other resources for optimal performance. And then humans or automated systems can make those adjustments.
“This intelligent automation is a key success factor of Adaptive IP that stems from Ciena’s commitment to offer standardized, open source-based APIs, such as OpenConfig streaming telemetry, gRPC, and NETCONF/YANG,” Glover adds. This approach frees network operators from vendor lock-in and having to use complex “god boxes.” And it enables them to enjoy cloud-like scale, disaggregation, and rapid service creation to support 5G, IoT, and more.
Such new technologies and applications will require faster decision-making and change management within networks. That entails a higher level of cooperation and orchestration among network elements and by management systems, respectively.
Edited by Maurice Nagle