Why we need experts that are capable of both Software Development and Network Engineering.

 

The boundaries are starting to blur

The boundaries between software development and network engineering are no longer clear and explicit. While each have typically kept to their separate domains, with the advent of SDN (Software Defined Networking), it is becoming more and more important for network engineers to cooperate with software development. Given the current changes, it is only a matter of time until a networker without knowledge of programming languages such as Python or Java can no longer operate in his or her work environment.

Software Defined Networking (SDN)

SDN includes several types of network technologies, aimed at making networks more agile and flexible. In a Software Defined Network, a network administrator can monitor and modify traffic from a central control panel without having to touch individual network devices. Compared to the traditional method, in which commands are entered manually via the Command Line Interface, this new approach saves time and resources. Also, potential sources of error can be successfully eliminated due to the automation and optimization of processes. This results in several benefits for Software Defined Networking, including: centralization of control, automation of processes and application of programmable tools that can be adjusted to any network infrastructure.

Profindis combines Software Development and Network Engineering

With our many years of experience in the networking industry we know what matters most: Practical Knowledge. A software developer without knowledge of networking will be just as unable to write an SDN program as a network engineer without knowledge of software developing. Instead of having software developed by a third party, we place great importance on ensuring that our employees not only have first-class qualifications in network engineering but also the necessary skills in programming network-related software. Through our field-proven knowledge in telematics as well as in C ++, Python and Java, we enable a smooth integration of the two technologies and can therefore provide our customers tailor-made SDN solutions.

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Most SD-WAN products lack flexibility.

Rollouts until now

Large rollouts with hundreds of locations and, as a result, hundreds of network devices such as routers, switches, or firewalls take several months or even years to complete if configured manually. The rollout costs are correspondingly high. While there are tools and SD WAN products that address this problem, the solutions are too general and have little or nothing to do with the workflow of the migration and integration of the affected network. Moreover, they are often expensive and usually oversized for the requirements of a migration.

Smart automation tool with Single Point of Management

Over the course of many major projects, we have developed the Profindis Deployment Portal, a smart automation tool. Simplicity, Security and Usability guided us through this process, allowing us to create a powerful tool that has diverse and complex modes of application, yet is very easy to use, highly secure and moulded to the customer’s needs.

With our portal, everything can be controlled through a Single point of Management. Instead of copying and pasting configurations and command lines into the interface, all the functions are accessible through the click of a mouse. That is not only more convenient, but also helps eliminate human error.

Easy and safe deployment of new devices

Unlike other portals, the Deployment Portal offers the innovative ability to provision new devices automatically. While automatic configuration of running devices was within the realm of possibility, automatic configuration of a new device has not yet been offered.

A traditional approach to deploy a new device would include a technician on-site with decent networking skills. The technician’s job is mainly to plug in the device and create an initial configuration to establish a connection to the network. After that the real configuration is executed by a network engineer who accesses the device via remote.

With our tool, network devices such as routers, switches and firewalls can be configured in a few minutes, regardless of location. The technician simply has to plug in the new device and trigger the rollout process through the Portal. Thanks to the graphical, intuitive interface, even a low-skilled technician can easily operate the tool.

During the whole process the technician never has access to configurations and passwords. Therefore, rollouts are always safe, even if a third party carries them out on your behalf.

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