Understanding what's in the New IP is a tricky business, especially when the industry is changing so quickly, and you may have heard it called other names such as "digital business" or the "third platform."
We here at The New IP have the job of helping you understand this industry shift -- from the players, to technology, to standards, to business models and more -- so we've pulled together a "New IP 101" just for you.
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What is the New IP?
It's an industry term for a new class of IP networking hardware and software that allows companies to build programmable networks and innovate faster for lower cost.
It's open, virtualized, software-centric, vendor agnostic, automated, flexible and scalable.
It redefines the idea of the network edge to be a set of activities where the user interfaces and executes an application (mobile or fixed).
It's not limited by user type because hardware and software are combined to meet the needs of the specific environment.
It's an industry effort and not the domain of one vendor or geography.
What does the New IP mean for business?
It's an industry movement to make the network an innovation platform for business models, services, revenue growth and for accelerating change.
It takes inspiration from Web 2.0 companies that have built their compute, storage and network infrastructure.
It is fragmenting the network world to provide for innovation at the chipset (with merchant silicon), at the network control layer (with controllers such as OpenDaylight) and the network application and services layers (with virtual network functions).
It forces vendors to compete on the value of their components, prevents lock-in and ensures innovation in the functionality and performance of those components because the nature of New IP products is such that they can be replaced by another vendor without changing the configuration of an entire system.
Companies adopting the New IP also adopt a dev-ops model of operation for continuous innovation.
New IP environments rely on open interfaces and reduce single-vendor dependencies. Software is based on commodity hardware and merchant silicon.
Deploying New IP networks and services requires not only a new way of thinking but also a new way of building platforms and services, and getting there is not easy, especially when it comes to orchestration.