A few weeks ago I wrote about network readiness for what we all acknowledge is the coming tsunami of data heading toward service provider and enterprise networks, and the challenges this is posing for IT professionals in terms of making sure their networks are “future proof” for the age of bring your own device (BYOD) and multimedia apps. We all know the reasons for this tidal wave of data, i.e., consumerization, mobility, virtualization, and all things cloud.
What I noted at the time was that the pace of change of what must be monitored, managed, assured and secured is accelerating, and therefore finding a path forward for the short and long term was of the essence. It was also stressed that getting the network “right” for the future was not just about speeds and feeds, but being able to accommodate the security and flexibility to ensure user experiences were optimized. Another way of saying this is that the network is applications fluent.
A tested solution for application fluency
In light of a recent webinar I hosted with Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) and the Tolly Group, “Prepare Your Network for the Multi-media & BYOD Revolution,” I’d like to share some of the insights from that session.
For those unfamiliar, the Tolly Group is an internationally respected totally independent testing organization. Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) asked Tolly to do a comprehensive evaluation of their solution to validate its claims for being able to provide a high-quality user experience while reducing costs.
The facts are that like it or not the Internet age has evolved into what is being called a “new normal.” It is here. Attributes include: networks by necessity are evolving to being all IP to accommodate multimedia; the only constant being that traffic flows will be unpredictable; interoperability, extensibility and security are musts; and, flexibility for dealing with not just changes in technology but new rules and regulations are additional table stakes. The promise of the ALU Applications Fluent Network is to meet or exceed the requirements being dictated by the new normal with a focus on the solution’s ability to deliver a high-quality user experience, efficiently and effectively. Here is what the Tolly tested and concluded.
The high level graphic below shows the architecture that was tested:
The webinar provides details on all of the components tested. Tolly put them through a stress test under conditions that simulated a network in commercial use to evaluate the following attributes:
- Resiliency of the architecture
- The extent and efficacy of automatic control
- The degree and effectiveness of operations simplification
What they concluded was:
Put another way, the elements that are necessities for having an adaptable network that can deliver high-quality user experiences, securely in an unpredictable world — traffic flows, new services and business models, new modes of end user behavior and rising experience expectations — and do so cost-effectively performed as promised.
Tolly validated, it is possible to:
- Deploy a resilient network that sustains quality real time application delivery even in the event of failures
- Deploy a network infrastructure that recognizes the users and devices connected, and dynamically self-adjusts in order to provide a quality user experience in synch with business priorities
- Employ best practices that simplify operations and reduce cost
There is no need to fear what lies ahead. The new normal world of BYOD and multimedia apps is one to be embraced because of the opportunities for sustainable advantage it can enable if you and your network are ready. You are invited to review the webinar for the solution and the test results.
Edited by Braden Becker