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Episode 1: Understanding Cisco’s Converged SDN Transport


Today’s networks are siloed and complex, a product of overlaying new technologies on top of old. But new technologies are emerging to help IT leaders and network administrators resolve these issues.

In this first episode of the Design Your Networks for the Internet for the Future podcast, IDG host Barbara Call and guest Gurudatt Shenoy, Sr. Director, Product Management, at Cisco explore why “everything you know about the Internet is going to change.”

“Let’s start by looking at the Internet itself and what’s happening,” Shenoy says. “First, raw bandwidth consumption continues to grow on unabated. Now think about what’s coming with 5G and its implications. 5G, as we know, is about more than just higher bandwidth for your cell phone. 5G unlocks fundamentally new enterprise use cases:  industrial IoT, automotive IoT, smart utility networks, etc.”

“Serving these use cases brings a new set of requirements into the network – that it be extremely responsive; able to handle an order of magnitude, a higher number of devices than it handles today, devices that can potentially come and go dynamically; and it needs to be very secure,” he notes.

The answer to these questions requires a rethink of how networks are built, he continues – meaning they need to become much simpler, in layers and protocols, and in terms of how they are managed.

That’s where Cisco’s Converged SDN Transport Architecture comes into play, combining innovations in optics, silicon, routing systems, and automation. This convergence helps simplify the operation and management of the network, in turn allowing operators to substantially change the economics of their network in support of existing and new services. 

To learn more about Cisco Converged SDN Transport Architecture click here.

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