Layer 123 Reunion: Some Key Network Automation Enablers

Following on from our recent post where we looked at the key takeaways from the recent Layer 123 event in Madrid and while there were numerous presentations and discussions regarding network automation enablers, often reflecting the areas of expertise of the particular standardisation body, analyst, consultant, vendor, SI, etc., we identified a few dominant topics that commanded most attention. Inventory Management Inventory management was a constant and recurring theme in presentations, panel discussions and informal conversations at the Layer123 Reunion: Intelligent Network Automation Congress and indeed the most noted change in emphasis from the Hague event in October 2019. This heightened focus on network inventory management recognises that automation requires high data quality inventories to provide a unified view to align all teams and streamline processes for building and operating the network. From physical/ passive to logical/active, network inventory management provides the tools to detect and reconcile data quality issues. An inventory management platform discovers and documents a fragmented, multi-layered and multi-vendor network. By providing a unified view of the network, processes can be streamlined and a true network Digital Twin (a digital replica of the real network) is enabled providing accurate data and optimised workflow support as well as a Network Simulation Engine enabling: Root-Cause-Analysis Single-Point of-Failure prevention Capacity Analysis, Impact Analysis, e.g. of planned maintenance Real-time, federated (a single, unified view of network information) inventory provides a comprehensive view of the hybrid network and is the single source of truth for the network’s state, enabling reproducible automated deployments, monitoring, etc. As indicated above there were quite a few references to inventory management in the context of network...

Layer123 Reunion: Intelligent Network Automation Congress – Some Key Takeaways

Iricent attended the Layer123 Reunion: Intelligent Network Automation Congress held week before last in Madrid. It was great to be back at a physical in-person event again and catch up with up customers, partners and industry colleagues.  It was also a great opportunity to take stock of developments in the network automation sector and it was good to see not just significant advances in solution development, maturation in concepts, etc. in the two plus years since The Hague 2019 Layer 123 event but most importantly how business drivers for network automation were front and centre of the presentations, panel discussions, exhibits, breakouts, etc. This post summarises what were our key takeaways from the event and a follow on post will look at some of the dominant topics that commanded most attention. As always, if you would like to learn more or to discuss any of these topics in more detail then feel free to contact us directly at info@iricent.com. Drivers for Automation Most of the sessions introduced the business, technical and operational drivers for network automation summarised as follows: Domain Expansion and SDN/NFV Disaggregation Domains keep expanding: – Public 5G, Private 5G, Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Edge Cloud, Backbone WAN, Campus / LAN, Branch. Cloud is ubiquitous with virtualization extending from Edge to Core. SDN/NFV disaggregation has delivered Increased choice and technology innovation Service and business model innovation Multi-vendor collaboration But has also increased complexity and coordination costs Digital Transformation and Network Evolution On-Demand – the Digital Transformation foundation is driving network infrastructure changes to support customer self-service ordering, configuration and management via a portal or API and has...

Iricent Awarded Solution Plus (Gold) Partner in the Intel® Network Builders Winners’ Circle Program.

We are delighted to announce that Iricent has been awarded Solution Plus (Gold) Partner status in the 2021 cycle of the Intel® Network Builders Winners’ Circle Program. Iricent, a leading SI in the SDN/NFV space, achieved this prestigious recognition for bringing to market the Iricent NFV Cloud platform which utilises Intel centric uCPE HW with NFVI SW, MANO and VNFs from leading vendor partners. The initial Iricent NFV Cloud use case – uCPE and Edge Cloud deployment for SP and Enterprise Customers – typically focused on SD WAN with a strong emphasis on security given developments in and interest around both SASE and Zero Trust Architectures. Developing use cases include Neutral Host for Mobile both for 5G deployment on vRAN addressing the needs of wholesale infrastructure providers and separately for private mobile deployment as interest continues to grow in this space. The Iricent NFV Cloud service is provided today as a managed offering for Data Centre, Edge and on-Premise deployments. Iricent NFV Cloud is very much a multi-vendor solution where Iricent is working with a range of partners, many of whom are also Intel Network Builders program members including VMWare, ADVA, Fortinet, Dell and Silver Peak (HPE Aruba) among others. For more details, contact us...

WEBINAR – Secure access from anywhere to everywhere

  Learn how Secure Managed SD-WAN can help your business in a post pandemic world.   Following on from our recent article detailing the Iricent Secure Managed SD-WAN offering (here), we will be hosting a joint webinar with Fortinet to provide further details for interested customers on the 20th April at 10am. To register, please follow this link or contact us directly on info@iricent.com for more details.      ...

Secure access from anywhere to everywhere

Iricent recently featured in the Sunday Business Post (28 March 2021) with details of our Secure Managed SD-WAN service using Fortinet Secure SD-WAN. A copy of the article is below and the original can be found here.   With digital transformation under way across every industry sector, secure access to data has become more important than ever. However, given a shifting threat landscape and continued remote-working, traditional security is no longer adequate and not enough to secure networks. The pandemic has driven huge change in working practices, but cloud computing was already making traditional perimeter-based endpoint security redundant. Iricent is leading Irish companies to greater security by deploying Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) and cloud-based Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) infrastructure. Partnering with leading global cybersecurity vendor Fortinet, Iricent’s SD-WAN and SASE solutions deliver the networking capability that keeps businesses running while dealing with the fact that, given data is no longer confined to the office, traditional network security is no longer enough. In a world that has been turned inside out and is seeing more user work performed off the enterprise network than on it, along with more traffic from branch sites and remote offices heading to public clouds than to the centre of enterprise, this new approach is needed more than ever. SD-WAN has emerged as the go-to solution for re-architecting the enterprise network and facilitating digital transformation objectives such as cloud migration. Key reasons for adopting SD-WAN include application visibility and prioritisation, traffic flow control, policy setting, resilience, bandwidth usage reporting and encryption. SASE, meanwhile, recognises that businesses are increasingly reliant on cloud-based applications to run...

SD-WAN & SASE Virtual Summit 2020 – Some Key Takeaways

SD-WAN & SASE Virtual Summit 2020 Iricent attended the virtual version of the annual SD-WAN Summit held over three days last week (Nov 24-26). This year’s event expanded on the key topics of previous years: – Branch Access, Multi-Cloud, Edge / IoT and Mobile (5G) with very significant attention to WFH and SASE. SASE even got incorporated into the new event title – “SD-WAN & SASE Virtual Summit 2020”. In this blog we give our take on the key messages delivered in relation to what for us were the main themes at this years event: SD-WAN, SASE, Security / ZTNA, WFH and uCPE. SD-WAN SD-WAN continues its success story, has passed the tipping point and the market is maturing with one major SP reporting that only 3% of organisations have no plans to implement SD-WAN. Another SP declared that: Today, the average SD-WAN project serves about 3 in 10 company sites In 2-3 years, SD-WAN will grow on average to serve more than 6 in 10 company sites It’s not just hype – business leaders are satisfied SD-WAN is a critical technology in supporting the ambition of digital transformation and is seeing an acceleration of demand through the pandemic.             Cloud connectivity and advanced security functions are key decision criteria with increasing diversity in product and solution choices. Main use cases / target markets are Multi-cloud, IoT / Mobile and increasingly Branch at Home. SD-WAN key benefits described variously as bringing network access quality, reliability, security, scalability, ensuring application performance / visibility, automated integration with Azure, AWS, etc. SASE Business everywhere requires security everywhere. As the network boundaries expand...