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Network Automation

Many network operators envision the self-healing and self-optimizing networks of the future and are deploying software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies. While automating network configuration and service activation affords compelling benefits, including reduced time to revenue, higher return on capital investments, and improved operating efficiency, it creates new management challenges:

  1. These new technologies are being deployed in existing networks which means automation solutions must support both legacy and SDN-enabled infrastructure.
  2. While SDN controllers automate network configuration changes, they lack the intelligence to govern what changes can and should be made.
  3. When network changes are made programmatically with no human intervention, operators are left blind when problems occur.
  4. Conventional NMS tools that periodically capture device metrics and configuration data provide no visibility into control plane events that occur between collections.

Packet Design’s Explorer Suite delivers the first independent, vendor-agnostic SDN Platform to address these challenges in both green- and brown-field deployments. By capturing all IGP/BGP routing events, traffic flows, and the performance of key services, it creates models that are used to calculate future states based on various conditions and business policies. A powerful path computation and optimization engine gives operators accurate impact assessments of application requests for network resources and the best way to provision them. If approved, the changes can be configured automatically via a third party service orchestrator or an SDN controller. Real-time telemetry provides immediate, closed-loop feedback with no visibility gaps.

 

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Capabilities


  • Real-time control plane telemetry captures all changes as they happen
  • Current and historical traffic matrices enable predictive modeling
  • Impact assessment of changes ensures successful automation outcomes
  • Constraint-based path computation and optimization assure optimum service provisioning
  • REST APIs allow integration with SDN controllers and orchestrators for service automation
  • Changes may be fully automated or require operator review and approval