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Moving hardware solutions to virtual changes our costs from fixed to a variable based on traffic, and customers, and consolidates our platform to our SDN.
This allows us to pay for license when in use versus "sinking" the cost of a full router and free up critical limited space, power, and opex.
Network products to focus on...
Transit gateway; TGW-157 - 7/12 edit; Ideally the SDN can peer VPC to VPC to free traffic off of the Cisco router
Direct Link; BBS-303
This could also apply to the peering routers we use with our Internet services and lower bandwidth edge routers.
Upgrades to our platform will also be graceful, shorter timelines, and a significant reduction in capital & Opex dollars by focusing on only one element; The Smart Nics.
Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an architecture that gives networks more programmability and flexibility by separating the control plane from the data plane. SDN differs from traditional networking in that it is software-based, whereas traditional networking is typically hardware-based. SDN is more flexible since it is software-based, giving users more freedom and convenience in managing resources virtually throughout the control plane.
NOTE: This will imply multiple workstreams around developing SDN capabilities with SmartNICs. However, those workstreams will, over time, help save millions in hardware expenses.
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