Organic NetworksProactive aggregate restructuring.

Overview

This project takes existing redundancy and scalable infrastructure models further with the understanding that networks can be considered organic, and must therefore adapt to changing environmental variables. This project involves a broad layout on the physical layer already existing, with a software orchestrator performing dynamic changes to layer 2/3 networking based on metrics and availability. The orchestrator must also factor in several internal and external variables to determine link health when performing aggregate restructuring. This project works with a variety of existing routing and redundancy protocols with the expectation of deployment compatibility.

Research Expectations

The expectation for an organic network design and its implementation within varying growth models is to remove infrastructure bottlenecks during periods of unplanned network load. Standard infrastructure capacity planning according to projected growth may not include unexpected variables and result in saturation issues. Practical implementation involves horizontal network growth and allocation of new circuits to be dynamically introduced into segments requiring immediate capacity. The orchestrator will require topology usage metrics and historical logging to determine where capacity will be allocated, based on both current and predicted needs.

The purpose of this design is to mitigate impact to existing infrastructure which requires the integration plan evaluate current network topology and provide a non-disruptive implementation. The orchestrator will integrate with existing flow metric configurations and require the use of API driven automation on the network infrastructure. In this regard, considerations for integration must be made for hardware vendor compliance with automation solutions such as Puppet. Physical integration may require the expansion of existing modular hardware should there be limitations in availability. Logical integration will involve layer 2/3 dynamic routing cost and metric evaluation with considerations for loop protection.

One of the primary expected benefits associated with the implementation of an organic network design is overall cost reduction. We believe this design model will allow for automated logic systems inheriting critical roles from traditional supporting staff. Organizational entities scaling to meet projected usage demands would not be bound to existing limitations of available supporting roles.

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