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SDN: Setting the Stage for The Digital Transformation

May 30, 2018

Software-defined networking combined with high-speed broadband can deliver powerful new capabilities for business networks.

According to a study by Cisco, global IP traffic is set to nearly triple by 2021. This is due to the size and scale of major trends impacting networks, including cloud migration, IoT and cognitive solutions—all part of what’s known as digital transformation. Businesses of every size are undergoing this transformation, taking advantage of emerging technologies to deliver new customer experiences and greater operational efficiencies.

With 83% of enterprise workloads moving to the cloud by 2020, it’s no longer feasible to squeeze today’s software-based business processes through the same old network pipes. In fact, 88% of IT leaders believe digital transformation requires a rethinking of their WAN architecture, according to an IDC study. Today’s businesses need a new platform for the digital future.

The signs of this change in the industry are everywhere: for the first time, according to a survey of North American and European enterprise network managers by Enterprise Management Associates, cloud and software-defined data-center concerns have become the primary focus of enterprise network teams.

That’s why Comcast Business continues to build and deliver modern networking solutions for the future, and the industry is taking notice.  

Comcast Business recently took home three Light Reading 2018 Leading Lights Awards in separate categories:

  • Most Innovative NFV Deployment Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator) for its ActiveCore platform designed to support multiple virtual network functions (VNFs).

     

  • Most Innovative SD-WAN Service for its SD-WAN offering, powered by ActiveCore, its software-defined platform that includes orchestration capabilities and support for multiple virtual network functions (VNFs).

     

  • Most Innovative Business Cloud Service for the workflow integration enhancements it has made to its Business VoiceEdge solution with Companion Apps for Office 365 and Skype for Business.

Comcast Business is also the recipient of two 2018 American Business Awards, one of the nation’s premier business awards programs.

Gold Stevie® Award in Innovation of the Year - Business Service Industries category for the Comcast Business ActiveCore SDN Platform

Bronze Stevie® Award in the Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year - 2,500 or More Employees category

These awards are both a testament to our employees for their industrious ingenuity and our customers, the early pioneers helping us chart this modern course to the future with more intuitive, high-speed solutions.  With the introduction of the ActiveCore SDN platform and our SD-WAN offering, companies can begin to think differently about how their applications and network perform across all locations. They can also act differently, since the platform offers an unprecedented level of visibility and control to better manage application and network performance in a fast-evolving business environment. 

Right now, we’re experiencing a generational moment in time, where software-defined networking combined with high-speed broadband (via DOCSIS 3.1 on the nation’s largest Gig-speed network) can deliver powerful new capabilities for business networks.  With companies increasingly leveraging SaaS and cloud-based apps across more locations, now’s the time to reimagine how corporate networks can support state-of-the-art business, meet evolving customer expectations and set the stage for innovation. 

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