6 ways to boost your success with network orchestration and automation

| August 22, 2018

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In the third and final post in our series on the Adaptive Network and how it can help overcome today’s tough network management conditions, we explore network orchestration and automation. Software is a critical asset for operators looking to support exponential traffic growth and deliver complex IoT and 5G use cases. But software for future networking isn’t just about SDN controllers. It’s also about robust orchestration, automation, and analytics capabilities, says Karim Dembri, Sales and Business Development Manager, Ciena.

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