With the age of the digital employee upon us, the workforce has evolved beyond the cubicle walls to include off campus touchpoints like satellite offices, work-from-home scenarios, airport terminals and everywhere in between. Being “on” 24-7 from anywhere in the world has made collaboration on and off enterprise campuses imperative. Thanks to applications, such as Skype for Business, employees have been able to stay connected. However, these application connections are expensive and a constant challenge for IT organizations to create the best user experiences while staying on budget. For instance, when a connectivity issue occurs, determining the location is a challenge given that the glitch could be anywhere in between the core network and the cloud. This ultimately affects the quality of these applications, interrupting the end users’ experience. Additionally, managing traffic can be costly when multiple applications, such as unified communication and social media, are using the same high-cost managed WAN.
To help enterprises address this need, The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) launched Project Atrium to accelerate the adoption of SDN to allow for better connectivity. Atrium Enterprise is integrated with wired and wireless support to help free up WAN resources for real-time, important business applications. This is accomplished by dropping off low priority application traffic off the high-cost managed WAN, such as social media, onto low-cost local internet connections. This maintains the social experience on campus and gives IT an opportunity to reduce WAN budgets, while offering a best in class on-premise experience to corporate users.
This is being built in complete alignment with each enterprise customers’ needs and their respective workplace environments. Recently, we’ve been working closely with Microsoft to address fundamental challenges enterprises similar to Microsoft are dealing with to maintain and control connectivity service and traffic, while trying to save money. With campuses across the globe, the company is conducting a trial with Project Atrium to drop off social media activity – or low priority traffic – through open source controllers to therefore open up connections to improve the quality of unified communication.
In a few short weeks during the annual OpenDaylight Summit in Seattle, WA at the Meydenbauer Center, I’ll be participating in a keynote and deep dive session on our development and trial experiences with integrating Microsoft SfB, our future roadmap and how the community can participate. Here’s the session information:
- Keynote Session: Wednesday, September 28 (9:20 – 9:40 a.m.), co-presented by Brent Hermanson & Gert Vanderstraeten of Microsoft
- “ONL Project Atrium Enterprise for ODL” Session: Wednesday, September 28 (3:05 – 3:30 p.m.), co-presented by Dave Lenrow of Huawei and Gunter Leed & Gert Vanderstraeten of Microsoft
Additionally at the show, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion, titled, “ONF, OpenSourceSDN.org and OpenDaylight: Building Value Through Open Source Software,” which will be in room 406 on Tuesday, September 27 from 1:45 – 2:40 p.m.
I’m looking forward to sharing how Project Atrium can help other enterprises meet the needs of their digital workforce, and get the most out of their connection through a cost effective solution. I hope to see you at OpenDaylight, starting September 27th!