Software Defined Now or Later?

Software Defined Now or Later?

Software defined networking is a popular concept gaining acceptance across the information technology industry. Many communications service providers proudly tout their plans to implement SDN to reduce their internal operational costs. Others have communicated their future vision and prototype projects going on within their R&D labs.

That’s wonderful, but here at Masergy, we have been using SDN concepts for over a decade. The global networks that we design for enterprise customers are programmable by design. Network professionals have complete flexibility in how they implement and deploy their network services through our SDN-based Intelligent Connectivity

Masergy also provides customers with complete visibility and control into their networks through our SDN-based Intelligent Service Control. Our ISC customers complete interaction with their network services in real-time from anywhere in the world on any connected device. We even have an app for that.

Agile Business

Corporate IT departments increasingly realize they need to align their activities with their organizations’ strategic goals. Businesses need to move quickly in response to customer demands and competitive marketplace pressures. Businesses are redefining their business models to stay ahead of the competition and making innovation part of their standard operating procedures.

In response to these business demands, IT systems need to be flexible where once they were rigid. And they need to support change at an accelerated rate. A global, enterprise network is a critical success factor in an enterprise’s ability to rapidly create new services, manage growth and support new business initiatives.

Corporate networks have become the central nervous system of their organizations’ activities. Modern networks need to be as programmable as the apps that connect to them. And for companies to be able to deploy new, high performance applications, adopt virtualization and realize the benefits of cloud computing, the need for the network fabric to be woven throughout these systems has never been more critical. 

If it takes a month to turn up a new network circuit to support a new business initiative, companies will have lost a valuable business opportunity and put themselves on the path toward irrelevancy.

Masergy has embraced SDN as means to make our customers more agile. SDN lets organizations make changes immediately for user experience, bandwidth, quality of service and Virtual Private Network requirements. 

10 Questions

When speaking to a communications service provider, here are some basic questions to ask to ensure they can provide the most modern and agile network services your business requires:

  • How do you support SDN in your network services?
  • What types of SDN-based tools, portals and applications do you provide and what functionalities do they enable?
  • Can I see all of my sites by location name?
  • Can I see all traffic per site?
  • Will I be able to differentiate traffic and determine who’s using bandwidth and capacity?
  • Can my IT organization change QoS and service classes?
  • Can my IT department deploy multiple Virtual Routing and Forwarding instances?
  • Can IT manage these as separate connections with QoS per virtual routing and forwarding?
  • Can IT change and configure bandwidth on demand and schedule bandwidth as business needs require?
  • Does your service provide a business-continuity solution, using the Internet as a backup solution?

Learn more about Masergy’s hybrid network strategy and services.

About Tim Naramore

Chief Technology Officer, Masergy
Tim Naramore is the Chief Technology Officer of Masergy Communications and brings more than 30 years of experience in IT and telecommunications to the discussion. Tim has worked at Frito-Lay, Texas Instruments, Boeing, Allegiance Telecom and Broadwing Communications on technologies ranging from IBM mainframes to handheld computers and web applications. Tim is responsible for the IT, Network Engineering and Software Engineering groups at Masergy. He holds a bachelor's of science in information systems from Pittsburg State University.