As networking gets complex, networks need to get more Competent
We all know the demand side pressures on the data networks. Data guzzling use cases are here and are waiting to be scaled en masse. The current crisis has accelerated the adoption process of these new use cases. Now use cases like e-education, telemedicine, virtual workplaces are not mere concepts. Service providers now need to make these use cases available, with top notch customer experience, almost immediately. This necessitates an evolution in data networks.
According to Cisco, the world is poised to see the following trends
- 14.6 Bn connected devices by 2022
- 12X increase in immersive traffic by 2022
- 82% video driven traffic
- 50% of workload run closer to the user
- 5+ exabytes of SD traffic by 2022
For Telecom Service Providers, data networks are actually the defining factor for digital leadership. Networks are not about the immediately next technology, but about readiness for an unpredictably bright future.
So, our networks not only need to rise to the occasion, but also need to become future ready. But what defines future readiness when the future is itself so uncertain? Future readiness, is then, defined by the sheer ease and speed with which the network can adapt to newer demands and live up to newer imperatives. But data networks have always been considered as legacy, monolithic creatures. Building networks that have these super powers can be a tough ask!
But we have a ‘Secret SLAUCE’ to make this happen
SLAUCE is a concept that will tell you, how future ready your data networks are and should be. SLAUCE competent data networks will give the services providers the competitive edge and will unlock scalability and monetization for their data networks. The SLAUCE concept talks about an Ideal End State of Data Networks. We need to imagine the ‘ideal’ to achieve perfection. In that sense SLAUCE is nothing but – Network Nirvana!!
These SLAUCE parameters of Scale, Latency, Agility, Uptime, Cost and Experience are the key to designing and building future ready data networks. Even one of these is not dispensable. Service providers have to optimise all the SLAUCE imperatives to maximise the returns on their networks. This principle of SLAUCE applies to a variety of networks – be it a hyper converged core or programmable access networks or dense FTTx networks, SLAUCE is the one answer of
SLAUCE sounds good, but is it achievable?
Yes it is! But great things like SLAUCE do not happen by accident or chance. They have to be achieved by DESIGN. In this case we are talking about NETWORK DESIGN.
STL has a way of designing SLAUCE COMPETENT networks with its unique design philosophy. We will delve deeper on Network Design as a key for SLAUCE in our subsequent blog!