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The New IP: Network for the third platform

Zafirah Salim | Jan. 30, 2015
Brocade’s Head of Products, Software Networking Business, Ashwin Krishnan, explains how the Brocade Vyatta Controller, based on OpenDaylight, is a great first step towards the New IP – and a key part of the Brocade open networking.

Networking solutions provider, Brocade, hosted its first session of the IP Master Class workshop series last week (Jan 23) at its new Singapore office.

Ashwin Krishnan, Brocade's Head of Products, Software Networking Business, who is based in California, led the session - mainly sharing his insight on what the New IP is all about and how it transforms networking, as well as Brocade's offering in this New IP era.

During the session, Krishnan highlighted that the increasing adoption of the "four big pillars of technology" - namely big data, cloud, social and mobile - are the main drivers of the New IP.

The New IP is Brocade's term for virtualised networks that allow carriers and large enterprises to increase agility, get new services online faster, ease innovation and generate additional revenue.

Networks built on the New IP technology help service providers to both save money on capex (capital expenditure) and opex (operational expenditure), as well as make money by selling new content-driven services. This sets them apart from networks built on the 'Old IP', which typically don't do either of those things.

Old IP versus New IP

The thesis behind the New IP network is that the static, vertically integrated and proprietary network devices of the past will not cut it as cloud, mobility, social and big data become the norm. We are all moving to this phase which IDC terms as the "third platform", according to Krishnan. Networks need to have the same level of agility as the rest of IT and for the most part, they do not.

The 'Old IP' is the infrastructure that we built the world on for the last 20 years and it was very appropriate in its day. It is a hardware-centric platform, primarily vendor-driven, closed and proprietary.

"It has done a lot of great things to help us build the Internet, but it is falling far short of what we need as a society to meet the needs of the third platform. We are seeing cracks in that foundation every day," said Krishnan.

The industry is really transitioning for the first time in 20 years, and the transition from the second to the third platform is putting unprecedented pressures on the old IP network. Customers today are demanding a different level of performance and are seeking for something that is able them to offer a lot more agility and openness.

The New IP is designed to build on top of the 'old IP' to take it to the next level. The industry's transition to this new era requires an open, software-driven strategy in order to maximise the benefits of big data, cloud, mobile and social initiatives.


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