Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. have come up with a new technology. It simplifies designing, building, and operation of virtual network infrastructure across multiple clouds and corporate networks.
Interestingly, the “virtual network infrastructure” can be easily built within an individual cloud/corporate location through software defined Networking (SDN) technology. However, in the case of multiple clouds and locations, there are different setup methods and it requires a lot of time to configure settings for each part, individually.
The two companies have confirmed that the new software enables virtual network infrastructure to be built in one-tenth the time taken by conventional methods. Now, it would be possible to build and operate networks in response to user/application requirements. It would help in creating virtual networks across multiple IT infrastructures that support various services related to 5G mobile communications, IoT and, cloud.
Virtual Network Infrastructure extending from devices to the cloud
With the help of SDN and other technology that have aided in virtualizing computer resources, the cloud service providers can perform efficiently without bothering about the physical infrastructure. Such technologies can be utilized for various purposes like delivering large volumes of data from IoT devices to the cloud and analyzing the data for use in various fields, building enterprise networks in response to the changes in the corporate organization, etc.
There has been a rise in the demand for virtual network infrastructure for a quick response to changes in the service needs that continually arise.
Owing to the presence of multiple clouds and locations, there are different setup methods for individual SDN controllers. Besides, the task of connecting different IT infrastructures demands expert knowledge to manually configure virtual infrastructures in between, like VPNs and VXALANs, which makes the whole procedure laborious and time-consuming.
The new software is quite effective and enables building complex virtual network infrastructure across multiple locations, without expert knowledge. For example, the design and configuration of a virtual network infrastructure across one cloud and a location with a few dozen devices could be completed in one day by an engineer, while earlier it took four engineers and three days for the same. This, in turn, shortens the configuration time to less than one-tenth as compared to the previous requirement.
As far as the migration of the enterprise systems to the cloud is concerned, the migration can be completed within a short duration by simply performing operations on the logical network. Furthermore, while setting up a network at multiple locations, the user can design one logical network followed by the set up of a virtual network at each location and security functionality by copying and customizing the same design.
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