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Building the Network of Tomorrow, Today

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Imagine you want to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

You can either get in a car and drive there, moving from city to city, waiting at red lights, traffic jams and bottlenecks … or, you can hop on a plane and fly over the traffic, going from Point A, straight to Point B.

Now translate that to your network.

The majority of business leaders I talk to today have legacy networks, which use a hop-by-hop configuration – similar to the slow and traffic-riddled, city-to-city drive. Legacy networking technology was designed decades ago and is saddled with unnecessary complexity and protocols. That sort of bandaged, bogged-down network just won’t cut it in today’s application-driven environment. The network of today needs to be prepared for the apps of tomorrow.

What we’ve built with our Fabric-based SDN architecture, Avaya SDN Fx™, is a futureproof, one-hop solution to that problem. Think of it as the direct, first-class flight to San Francisco.

Say you run into a failure on the network. With our next-generation approach, it’s akin to running into a little turbulence midflight.  The plane doesn’t stop. Instead, it gets dynamically rerouted midflight. No sweat.

We do the exact same thing with our flexible, Fabric-based technology. If there’s a node that needs to be traversed, the network is smart enough to automatically reroute that path.

And speaking of smart, your network intelligently routes traffic. Not all traffic is created equal – business-critical traffic (say, high-definition videoconferencing) gets the quickest route, while non-critical traffic (say, YouTube streaming) gets the slow lane, or can be blocked entirely.

The Avaya-powered, next-generation network is more agile, less complex and less susceptible to hackers.

Here’s why: Every endpoint on your network represents a potential entry point for a hacker. For companies with thousands of static endpoints, reducing the surface area of the network is imperative. With Fabric-based networking, endpoints become flexible, and connections are dynamically extended and retracted. Once the endpoint goes offline, the network closes the connection.

Since your network is no longer structured in a hop-by-hop configuration, it’s harder for hackers to find an “in” to your topology. Portions of your network become fully invisible — just like when you fly over cities and can’t really see them.

Improved agility coupled with increased cybersecurity – with Avaya SDN Fx™, businesses can have the network of tomorrow, today.

Want more? Download the Avaya SDN Expectations report.

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