Staying ahead of the competition in the business of real-time communications, cloud services, and beyond requires a forward-looking strategy that meets customers’ demands for new services and capabilities. We recently had a great conversation with our long term customer Ribbon Communications to discuss how they have evolved and have been able to leverage ConfD to remain successful.
Ribbon is a leading supplier of Session Border Controllers (SBCs) formed from the merger of Sonus and GENBAND and has always been at the forefront of delivering the capabilities needed by their customers. Yet, as new network management techniques including data modeling languages took hold almost 15 years ago, they knew they had to standardize to ensure the R&D organization could develop the required new SBC features while rolling them out quickly to the market.
According to Mark Riley, Design Manager, Ribbon “In my previous role with GENBAND, we felt the pain points of not having NETCONF or standardization. Different designers were basically recreating their own CLI, validations, and monitoring for every release.”
Ribbon’s design organization knew that NETCONF and YANG provided the capabilities needed to move forward, but at the time very few solutions could deliver the programmability needed. Building their own solution would take away from the development and design teams’ responsibility for building services that meet the company’s business objectives.
When the design team discovered ConfD, they knew it would provide the capabilities to standardize programmability in their network elements and instrumentation. By using ConfD, Ribbon’s design team was able to implement a comprehensive, versatile SBC management framework that:
- Automatically generates CLI from YANG data models
- Automatically renders NBIs (NETCONF, RESTCONF, SNMP) to OSS and EMS systems
- Ensures data integrity in highly available deployments through support for transactions, rollbacks, and validations
- Provides consistency and streamlined usability in CLI syntax, even when validating complex interdependent configurations
We are excited to share with you the full case study of what Ribbon was dealing with and the results of integrating ConfD to meet the range of management requirements needed today and into the future.
Take a few minutes and read this excellent case study