A significant transformation from vertical to horizontally integrated Enterprise Networks is taking place. This transformative involves retail providers and managed service providers (MSPs) leveraging network services from a diverse range of partner providers who are co-located or interconnected at shared points of presence.
This new approach to building Enterprise Networks brings new requirements for seamless, automated negotiation and management of network services between retail providers and their ecosystem of partner providers. These networks encompass a wide array of suppliers offering various service components, including last-mile access, inter-connectivity, transit/multi-cloud core, cloud services, security, and applications.
Flat Hammer aims to address these challenges and demonstrate the ability to:
The project will leverage innovative techniques and advanced orchestration capabilities to facilitate optimal buying decisions based on policies, criteria, and various factors.
The project will be executed in phases, with the initial phase focusing on establishing standard processes and APIs for negotiating and ordering products and services for e2e connectivity across multiple, provider networks. The adoption of these processes and APIs is fundamental to the success of these horizontally integrated networks. Subsequent phases will expand the project’s scope to encompass operational aspects, such as Performance Management and Trouble-ticketing.
The significance of this project lies in its potential to transform enterprise networking and IT environments by providing standardized methods, streamlined operations, and enhanced scalability, ultimately driving growth and competitiveness in the market.
The management of the emerging Enterprise Network which spans across many Service Providers is far more complex than a traditional Enterprise Network that’s delivered by a single provider. Those providers currently operate in silos with different management systems, processes, APIs and ways of doing business. Thus, it is difficult to provide a single pane of glass, a uniform manners to manage all different services Enterprise Customers need.
The ultimate project goal is to enable efficient negotiation of products/services with supplier partners and ensure real-time operation of these services, all while presenting a unified view of the Enterprise Network. By achieving this vision, we can drive enhanced operational efficiency and customer satisfaction in the rapidly evolving landscape of Enterprise Cloud Networking.
Design, implementation, and testing.
The Horizontally Integrated Cloud Networks paradigm shift will be slowed down by the lack of a uniform manners to offer and manage services from different Service Providers.