Brownfield insertion into operator networks is the process of adding new equipment or services to an existing network without making any major changes to the existing infrastructure. This can be done in a variety of ways, including:
- Overlaying a new network on top of the existing network: This is the most common method of brownfield insertion. The new network is essentially a virtual network that runs on top of the existing network. This is a relatively easy and cost-effective way to add new services to an existing network.
- Using software-defined networking (SDN): SDN can be used to brownfield insert new services into an existing network by decoupling the control plane from the data plane. This allows new services to be added to the network without having to make any changes to the physical infrastructure.
- Using network function virtualization (NFV): NFV can be used to brownfield insert new services into an existing network by virtualizing network functions. This allows new services to be added to the network without having to purchase new hardware.
Brownfield insertion into operator networks can be a complex process, but it can be a cost-effective way to add new services to an existing network. By carefully planning the brownfield insertion process, operators can minimize the impact on the existing network and ensure that the new services are implemented in a secure and reliable manner.
However, there are also some challenges associated with brownfield insertion into operator networks, such as:
- Complexity: Brownfield insertion can be a complex process. This is because it requires careful planning and coordination.
- Security: Brownfield insertion can introduce security risks. This is because it involves adding new equipment and services to the network.
- Compatibility: Brownfield insertion can be challenging if the existing network is not compatible with the new equipment or services.
- Performance: Brownfield insertion can impact the performance of the existing network. This is because it adds new traffic to the network.
- Cost: Brownfield insertion can be a costly process. This is because it requires the purchase of new equipment and services.
With insidepacket NaaS platform, operators can enable multiple, scalable services for their tenants based on existing infrastructure, improving network and security services in seconds. No more integration between security and networking vendors, no complex infrastructure setups while still having full flexibility in deployment with built-in growth.
The networking concept of insidepacket solution is built for NaaS. It abstracts tenant networking from the physical world by maintaining Virtual Interfaces (VIs) that are matched to L2 interfaces and ports, that represent the physical reality.
Another aspect of this is that tenant networks are considered “overlay networks” and connectivity of the nodes themselves are considered “underlay”. This allows to fully virtualize the tenants’ networks while still controlling each NSOS Systems network.
When a tenant is created on more than one system and Auto-Mesh is enabled, insidepacket solution will create a Mesh network between the different NSOS Systems for this specific tenant.
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