Enterprise Cloud Requires Cloud-Like Carriers – Riverbed

Carriers need to be able do deliver services that cross geographic boundaries, at the network core or on the edge, the vendor says.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

February 22, 2017

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Enterprise Cloud Requires Cloud-Like Carriers – Riverbed

Enterprise applications such as cloud and the Internet of Things require carriers to deliver services that can traverse multiple geographic locations and be managed from the network core to the edge, according to the team at Riverbed Technology.In addition, carriers will need to transform existing investments in NFV to launch cloud-based services much more quickly to customers and grow their business, Riverbed says.To that end, the company launched its the Riverbed Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: RVBD) Service Delivery Platform on Wednesday, to provide what Riverbed calls "network-as-a-service.""The platform we're building will enable service providers to be more cloud-like -- to deliver more services to customers in a more efficient and agile fashion," Irena Farooq, Riverbed VP product management, tells Light Reading.Existing NFV has been focused on rolling out new services and consolidating branch equipment, but Riverbed's technology is designed to operate across the breadth of carriers' networks, the company says.The platform is designed to integrate with MPLS services; provide a DevOps approach to service design, onboarding and deployment; provide elasticity and resource pooling to support multi-tenancy; offer service delivery optimization; and improve customer intelligence and service assurance.The ability to move services across geographic locations and to the edge of the network will be particularly useful for Internet of Things applications, some of which will require low latency and the availability of local compute and storage capabilities.Also, Riverbed is looking to help carriers provide standardized services across international boundaries. In the case of security, for example, an enterprise with manufacturing in parts of Asia and a retail operation in North America may have different requirements for security compliance in different regions, and would benefit from working with a service provider that could meet all those needs, says Phil Harris, general manager and senior vice president for the Riverbed's service provider business.It's been a busy month for Riverbed, which just introduced a product combining WAN and SD-WAN optimization. (See Riverbed Optimizing SD-WAN.)With its Service Delivery Platform, Riverbed faces a crowded competitive landscape. Carriers are universally looking to make their networks more fungible and agile, able to spin up new services in seconds or minutes rather than days, weeks, or months. That's the vision behind SDN and NFV, and it's driving the strategy for all the major networking vendors.Want to know more about the cloud? Visit Light Reading Enterprise Cloud.The phrase "network-as-a-service," which Riverbed uses to describe its platform, turns up 458 results on Light Reading alone, with NetCracker introducing a network-as-a-service product and Telefónica and Orange re-architecting their networks to support the vision. And Versa is delivering a set of managed services for carriers combined with SD-WAN. (See NetCracker Unveils Network-as-a-Service, Orange Plots Mass Network-as-a-Service Rollout, Infinera, Telefonica Demo Network-as-a-service and Versa: A Lot More Than SD-WAN.)Caroline Chappell, then an analyst for Heavy Reading, presented her vision for the "composable telco" at the Light Reading 2020 Executive Summit in Dublin in 2016. (See The Composable Telco.)Chappell described a vision where VNFs would be freed from hardware and live in the cloud, making telco networks more flexible and able to meet customers' fast-changing demand. (See Telcos Clamoring for Cloud-Native VNFs.)— Mitch Wagner, , Editor, Light Reading Enterprise CloudCALLING ALL CLOUD, NFV AND SDN COMPANIES:Make sure your company and services are listed free of charge at Virtuapedia, the comprehensive set of searchable databases covering the companies, products, industry organizations and people that are directly involved in defining and shaping the virtualization industry.

About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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