Video and Slides
Outline: Delivering the Future of Networking with Hyper-scalable Connectivity
In recent years, Service Providers across Asia are looking at capturing new growth opportunities fuelled by the rapid pace of digitalisation in the region. This has led to an increased adoption of some form of cloud services and hybrid cloud strategies. However, it can be a challenge when connecting these infrastructure without the right networking expertise and cloud knowledge.
Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) addresses this challenge through software-defined networking or programmable networking, by enabling connectivity through the platform and the use of API. This presentation will cover the challenges of accessing and connecting to Asian markets and how service providers can leverage on NaaS to deliver connectivity on-demand. You will also learn about:
- Landscape of complexity for service providers in Asian markets (including Mainland China)
- Traditional networking vs NaaS model
- API and Networking – Introduction to Epsilon’s NaaS platform, Infiny
- Use case – DCConnect
- Infiny demonstration
You can ask Liang questions in the comments section of this weblog, or contact Epsilon directly.
Epsilon is a NaaS (Network as a Service) provider, an API for your networking needs. They make it simple for you to interconnect yourself or your customers globally with an on-demand network orchestration capability.
Liang reviews the importance of NaaS in Asia, as businesses use regional cloud services, rather than those in North America for lower latency and costs. In Asia this trend is accelerating, though the diversity of local regulations and service maturity mean Epsilon plays a crucial role in helping businesses successfully network across Asia.
I really like the review Liang provides of the long history of APIs in telecoms across standards and implementations in voice, messaging and networking. Including ForCES (FORwarding & Control Element Separation from the IETF) and OpenFlow. I feel a little guilty I’ve not created a slide like he shows at 4 minute mark in the video.
The Communication API landscape is also great in mapping the standards bodies’ API recommendations, independent telco API (e.g. Epsilon), vendor APIs, Internet exchange APIs (e.g. PIX-IE: A Programmable Internet eXchange In Edo), PaaS/SaaS APIs (e.g. Twilio), IaaS APIs, and community APIs. I’ll be reusing that slide as well 😉
Liang then focused on INFINY, on-demand connectivity and communications services at the click-of-a-button for enterprises and service providers. He reviews common use cases:
- Data Center Interconnect;
- Direct Cloud Connect;
- Access to Internet Exchanges; and
- Global Inbound Numbers (it’s not just SD-WAN).
The demo of INFINY is particularly impressive, and clearly shows the ease with which a data center connection (Equinix 10 Gbit) can be provisioned and connected to Microsoft Azure cloud (200 Mbit/s with network protection implementing Office 365 VLAN). Anyone who’s been involved in doing this knows this is saving days/weeks and as a bonus has monitoring and reporting built in. It’s a great example of how the Epsilon NaaS API can be used to create easy to use and powerful NaaS web interfaces.
Thank you Liang for sharing several slides I’ll be re-using 😉 And a powerful demo of INFINY.