YCE & SDN
The YCE solution is the network automation platform that allows you to standardize, professionalize and automate traditional networks, offering many of same functionalities that Software Defined Networking (SDN) offerers within a virtualized or sdn architecture. As such, YCE can best be described as the SDN application for traditional networks!
And with proof, as for the last 11 years the YCE application has been delivering many of the functionalities that SDN is promising within an SDN architecture, based on traditional multi vendor routing and switching infrastructures. This is possible thanks to YCE' unique modeling techniques that standardize, control and enforce architecture rules and design principles throughout lifecycle changes via the YCE application, making networks extremely agile and easy to manage.
So what is SDN and how does YCE fit in?
SDN (definition wiki) is a form of network virtualization in which the control plane is separated from the data plane and implemented in a software application. This architecture allows network administrators to have programmable central control (via a central SDN controller) of network traffic without requiring physical access to the network's hardware devices.
Looking at an SDN architecture, an application is required to 'tell' the SDN (e.g. OpenFlow) controller how to program the physical and virtual SDN network devices. This is where YCE fits in perfectly. Building on its proven concepts of modeling, templates, scenarios, config management, push etc, YCE offers a standardized and controllable way to activate and orchestrate changes via the northbound interface of the (OpenFlow) controller to a SDN network.
For YCE, a SDN controller is just another 'vendor' module to program the network. As a result, YCE can automate your traditional-, SDN-, multi vendor- and multi technology networks via one application.
For more background on integration with SDN, please check the article "SDN Is Business, OpenFlow Is Technology", or check the latest in tweets about this subject.