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Creating a Cognitive Network

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Recently, on a trip to a major Asian city, I found myself working with our driver to navigate a city I did not know in incredibly heavy traffic that made a 5 minute trip a 30+ minute saga.  I knew where we were, I knew where we wanted to be, and using finger pointing, head nods and the satellite navigation application on my phone we were able to determine possible routes and turns, adjust based upon real time morning traffic, weather, construction, driver mistakes, and pedestrians and arrive at our destination a little late but safe and sound. In many ways this is like a living network.

A living network is like that. It is able to sense change needed, determine a path and automatically respond to the dynamic demands placed upon it by deploying, scaling, and correcting what is needed,  automatically .  At IBM we have been applying cloud and cognitive computing to the world of the network to help service providers reinvent networking using agile lifecycle management.  We are applying cognitive computing to predict  issues and not only react but respond ahead of the problems and bring together both structured and unstructured data of the network to help operators outthink the network.  We are applying the power of the cloud to go beyond creating  virtual network  appliances to using  micro service based management of the network and automate with agility the lifecycle management of network services in the emerging world of the hybrid network of virtual and physical networking.

Agile lifecycle management  enables hybrid networking with NFV/SDN at lower costs by automating the life of the network.  Hybrid networking requires bringing together development with operations to unify operational support systems building assurance in the development cycle through the automation of on-boarding, testing, and assuring services as they are then deployed.  This approach built with automation reduces mistakes prone in manual processes of building cloud-based networks.

Agile lifecycle management simplifies networking with NFV/SDN and allows executing lifecycle operations of the network service deployed automatically to adapt the network to what is needed.  The network that is enabled by agile lifecycle management – using micro service based approach for empowering the intent based transition engine to rapidly respond, scale and execute through a closed loop process using cognitive operations – senses the  intended state of a network service and determining the needed state transition steps. It utilizes the power of the machine to build and operate the network… creates a cognitive network.

Join IBM at NFV and SDN World Congress in The Hauge to understand how we are applying cloud and cognitive technology to create cognitive networking.   We will show how to:

  • Enable cognitive operations for todays networks and build a foundation for the hybrid networks of today and tomorrow with Watson from IBM, Netcool Operations Insight and IBM Operations Analytics.
  • Automatically on-board and manage the lifecycle of a network service using intent based lifecycle automation with IBM Agile Lifecycle Manager
  • Use the power of the cloud to enable cloud-based networking with NFV and SDN to rapidly deploy virtual distributed endpoints as-a-service using IBM Cloud Managed vCPE using Juniper Networks technology.
  • Leverage cloud as-as-a-service technology to enable open network automation platform (ONAP) to build a scalable development and test environment to deploy from.

Visit the IBM Booth B7 & B8. If you would like to meet with IBM, contact us and we would be glad to spend time understanding your requirements.  For more information on IBM solutions and services for cloud-based networking with NFV/SDN you may also find them online.

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