Is It Time To Make The Network Smarter?

May 2004
Business Communications Review;May2004, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p8
Trade Publication
The dumb network concept has become dogma. However, the pendulum may have swung too far; networks are at risk of being too stupid. The author of this article thinks that the network community should at least reexamine the premise. There are two broad arguments for keeping the core of the Internet dumb, or a better term, simple; Speed and flexibility. Some arguments for making the Internet smarter are simply not valid. The first is that this is a way to make money. In addition, any proposals for making the Internet smarter must not force the core routers to perform deep packet inspection or other onerous tasks. Because of the continuing growth cited above, any added intelligence must be either at the service provider edge or in networks' control plane/higher management plane. There are also three broad reasons for making some parts of the network infrastructure smarter. First, there is already a lot of end-system intelligence that makes the system work, second is the increasing amount of real-time traffic, and third is that enterprises are using the Internet to connect to business partners and customers around the globe.


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