The SDN Control Plane: the powerful pivotal point in the Next Generation Network
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Open source has three key roles in to deliver functional value in 5G and MEC networks. They are in the Control Plane of the network (which is where SDN comes in) the Orchestration Plane and, more recently, in the Data Plane too. In essence they are vital to the processes of pushing packets, controlling packets and orchestrating the network,
What's more, it is now evident that the Control Plane has emerged as the pivotal point within the transformed network because, with open source added to the mix, it provides the ability to drive business logic to control without needing to worry about the idiosyncrasies of underlying hardware. It means that a service can be turned on in the knowledge that it will work across the products of several manufacturers, across several protocols and and several types of system. Thus the Control Plane is the ideal starting place from which to embark on the open source journey because it permits open source to be deployed above, below and around the Control Plane and unlock the true potential of the Next Generation Network.
- Andrew Coward, CEO, Lumina Networks
- Alla Goldner, Product Strategy Lead, Amdocs
- Gabriele Di Piazza, VP Solutions Telco NFV, VMware
Filmed at SDN NFV World Congress 2018, The Hague, The Netherlands
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