For a service provider to succeed, their technology needs to work for them, not vice versa. And it certainly can’t work against them.
Service Providers need choice. And they need the ability to future-proof their network to accommodate all of the latest and greatest technologies that hit the market. Stagnation equals death.
They have to embrace elastic and agile service delivery. That means they have to build and embrace architectures and solutions that enable them to leverage various deployment options.
Hardware appliances are the tried and true workhorses of the service provider space. They have the power to deliver services quickly and with air-tight reliability. They offer massive amounts of throughput and capacity, and they pack the performance punch and more can always be added to accommodate growth and scale. Delivering services via modern hardware appliances is always a wise decision.
Don’t have room for more boxes in the data center? Already standardized on certain hardware? Deploy application delivery and networking services as software. Light weight and easy to deploy, bare metal options are deployable on the off-the-shelf hardware service providers already own, eliminating the space and capital expense constraints of a traditional hardware model, while delivering high performance horsepower for the most demanding workloads.
Running atop the hypervisor, virtual deployments offer a ton of flexibility and advanced on-demand services. If service providers are already running a virtual environment and need to add application delivery services, a virtual deployment is worth investigating.
The cloud adds swiftness and scalability, providing an oftentimes much needed agility boost. Service Providers can burst into the cloud in a hybrid model, or leverage cloud-native applications and services. Embracing this modern delivery method preps the business for a cloud future and primes the organization for the use of modern architectures like microservices and containers. And they will be ready to embrace and benefit from the principles of DevOps to keep them ahead of their competitors.
Author: Mohammed Al-Moneer, Regional Director, MENA at A10 Networks