Software defined networking (SDN) is not a technology, rather architecture for the next generation of networks. By definition, SDN is the separation of the hardware plane from network devices and the operating system that manages network traffic and security. Traditionally, cloud service providers, telecoms, and some enterprises have made significant investments in closed, proprietary network solutions from vendors like Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper, Nokia, Huawei, and others. These solutions were designed to allow their customers to manage mainframe functionality and client-server applications in a non-virtualized world. The Internet of Things (IoT), public cloud, virtualization, and mobility has rendered these closed network architecture archetypes of the past.
The current industry scenario for SDN is to allow customers to have more network functionality to control resources, provision revenue-generating services from a myriad of service providers, and deploy software-based solutions on commodity hardware. SDN is allowing organizations to extend their technology footprint outside of the data center and to the edge.
Cloud, IoT and 5G are changing how modern networks are operated and deployed at scale. Inocybe’s Open Networking Platform is the first to enable enterprises and service providers to deploy software defined networking (SDN) and network virtualization (NV) solutions across an integrated and consumable environment. Inocybe Technologies is the leading Open Networking and OpenDaylight Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology provider from the data center to the network edge.
Inocybe’s Open Networking Platform and services enables customers to simplify the deployment, management and upgradability of automated and intelligent networks based on the leading, emerging and innovative open networking software. The Inocybe Open Networking Platform accelerates the adoption of automated and intelligent networking for enterprises and service providers based on OpenDaylight and other projects like FD.io, PNDA and ONAP.
Backbones of Inocybe Technologies
Mathieu Lemay, CEO of Inocybe Technologies, the leading Open Networking and OpenDaylight Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology provider from the data center to the network edge and CTO of Civimetrix Telecom a company deploying Open Access Networks. Mathieu has more than 20 years of experience in information technology. At the age of 10 he was programming C++, ADA and x86 ASM and then got involved in networking from the early Bulletin Board Systems to the first commodity Internet. He earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Wireless and Optical Telecommunications. Inocybe Technologies is a member of OpenDaylight since June 2013 and Mathieu is currently a committer to the Docs and Reservation projects. After 9 years at being CEO, Mathieu has acquired intensive knowledge business administration.
Inocybe Technologies has been involved in networking innovation for over a decade. Their main vision has always been that network management is too complicated and consists of too many manual processes.
With the industry’s creation of the OpenDaylight ecosystem in 2013, They saw that the majority of the members were building products out of OpenDaylight and the project itself was lacking in usability.
After years of helping service providers and enterprises successfully leverage OpenDaylight as part of their solutions, we had growing demand to provide and support the complete open networking stack. From the data center to the network edge, Inocybe is now the leading Open Networking and OpenDaylight Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology provider.
Promising Inocybe Product and Services
The SDN marketplace is providing telecom and cloud service providers, Financial Services Companies and enterprises with the ability to reduce costs and latency, improve performance and reliability while improving scale and manageability across all aspects of their network. Inocybe’s Open Networking Platform, and OpenDaylight (ODL) Software Defined Networking (SDN) controllers, helps its customers to accelerate time-to-market and interoperability when deploying networks. Inocybe’s solutions offer economies of scale by replacing expensive network hardware with software, thus decoupling traditional hardware functions from closed, proprietary software. Providing data centers with benefits including improved efficiency, enhanced security, and reduced operational costs. Inocybe differentiates itself from the competition by:
- Traffic engineering and segment routing to increase improvements in the measurement and management of network traffic while allowing for improved network quality of service (QoS)
- One of the hallmarks of Inocybe’s solution is their ability to deliver service function chaining (SFC). SFC, in essence, creates a chain of connected network services like network addressing, firewalls, load balancers, intrusion detection in a virtual chain. SFC makes it easier for network operators to deploy revenue-generating services, provision virtual network functions (VNF), and other solutions more dynamically and efficiently.
- Full OpenDaylight NFVi integration with OpenStack. Having a fully integrated solution organizations receive greater customization, improved operational efficiency, and scalability of their networks without having to spend countless hours and manpower integrating OpenStack functionality.
Inocybe is about helping its customers to deploy open and cohesive network services more efficiently, faster, and without the hassle of proprietary and traditional networking solutions.
Challenges faced during their business days
The organization is lucky to be in an industry at a point in time when things are constantly changing. The industry is at an inflection point. Traditionally, cloud service providers, telecoms, and some enterprises have made significant investments in closed, proprietary network solutions from vendors like Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper, Nokia, Huawei, and others. These solutions were designed to allow their customers to manage mainframe functionality and client-server applications in a non-virtualized world. The Internet of Things (IoT), public cloud, virtualization, and mobility has rendered these closed network architecture archetypes of the past. Inocybe’s greatest strength has been in predicting, adapting and advancing with the trends as they continue to grow with the ever changing market.
Advancements in both technology and the industry have driven Inocybe to implement in the business:
A focus on service/solution interoperability – Fully integrated and reliable platform for deploying SDN and NFV solutions that will provide customers with an end-to-end “SDN/cloud in a box” solution.
Speed-to-Market – By having consistency between the network layers, it makes it easier to deploy revenue generating services and solutions faster and more reliably.
Focus on a lower TCO – Leveraging standards-based, open source solutions, customers can employ trusted Open Networking plugins, extensions and Open APIs for quick provisioning and managing services across virtualized, on premise, or hybrid cloud environments.
Avoiding Software/Service Obsolescence – Because Inocybe leverages open source and industry standards, customers can avoid the high costs of network hardware and software upgrades by using cloud services, commodity hardware, and virtual environments.
Inocybe’s Target Markets
The benefits gained by Inocybe’s clients such as carriers, service providers, and enterprises looking to deploy open networking/OpenDaylight (ODL) SDN and NFV solutions include:
- Carriers – The target market for carriers are tier 1 & 2 wishing to deploy new communications and services while bringing efficiency and value to their customers and internal networks. Inocybe is ideal for carriers that have already implemented OpenStack within their environment.
- Service Providers – Much like carriers, service providers want to improve their operations, but do not want cookie cutter solutions when deploying networking solutions. Inocybe allows organizations to use a broad range of open source solutions on commodity hardware, thereby reducing their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and gaining considerable speed-to-market advantage when implementing new services and solutions.
- Enterprises – Many enterprises have made considerable investments in closed, proprietary hardware and software solutions. Large companies (especially financial services, retail, transportation, and manufacturing) are moving away from closed, expensive systems and are deploying open networking solutions such as network virtualization and SDN on commodity servers (and virtualized in the cloud). Furthermore, IoT has become a reality, and enterprises must have the ability to operate their networks at a lower cost, more scale, and from the data center to the edge. Inocybe provides an industrial grade platform that helps customers to reduce costs, improve network flexibility and performance.
2018 Predictions by Inocybe
Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be the most interesting story in technology; but, in 2018, Inocybe is looking for the actual value added by machine learning to operating models. The convergence of cloud, 5G and IoT will demand the implementation of intelligent (machine learning) and automated networks (SDN). These software-smart networks will be the foundation for improving the experience of everything from consumer interaction with voice and visual web products, to the expansion of B2B services.