Segment Routing IPv6 (SRv6) is a next-generation IP transport protocol, that utilizes existing IPv6 standard specifications to implement a network programming framework through flexible IPv6 extension headers. Leveraging SRv6 simplifies network protocol types to feature better extensibility and programmability, providing high reliability and offering new cloud service application potential. SRv6 is most suitable for cross-domain interconnection, large-scale networking, service cloudification, and cloud-network synergy.
To stay in pace with the ever-increasing user expectation for instant access to information, service providers and businesses need the agility to scale on demand and launch new products and services as quickly as they are requested. Open architecture like Open RAN can provide more flexibility and cost-effective deployment options for operators and enterprises.
The importance of speedy and reliable connectivity has never been more apparent than during the global pandemic. Nonetheless, modern network technologies also hold the key to global recovery. As countries slowly emerge from the pandemic, industries will seek to accelerate their efforts to automate, digitize, and enhance their capabilities, making it a critical time for communication service providers (CSPs) to deliver on the immense potential and power of 5G.
The current global pandemic has changed many aspects of our lifestyle, pushing internet traffic up to enable employees to work from home, students studying and playing more at home, and enterprises shifting to online business models. This broadband internet increase demand is driving communications service providers (CoSPs) scrambling to increase capacity and improve performance for remote users.
As digital transformation progresses in the business world, networks are steadily gaining in importance. The building blocks of business digitalization are the infrastructure technologies that comprise it, including uCPE, vRAN, Cloud Edge, Aggregation Routers, IoT, and A.I., all of which share one thing in common – network centricity.
The incoming 5G technology era will bring both speed and convenience. While there are many benefits, behind the scenes, 5G infrastructure is complicated. It requires substantially more network automation than previous technologies. That automation depends on having a real-time view of network resources enabled by intelligent algorithms that measure the performance of available resources to determine service path computation, in addition to smart network control methods.
With the deployment of 5G networks globally, the importance of network edge, particularly in terms of performance and programmability, is ever more critical for consumers and service providers. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, network edge is simply a distributed computing paradigm that brings computation and data storage as close to the point of request as possible to deliver low latency and save bandwidth. Network edge empowers service providers with the openness, agility, and scalability they need to deliver a full range of services and applications to their customers, efficiently and economically.