On September 11, 2009, Ruijie Networks announced its BIIP strategies. According to Yang Hongfei, the product marketing manager of Ruijie Networks, BIIP means business intelligence IP network.
BIIP can also be regarded as B@IIP, which means business @ intelligent IP network. An intelligent network contains intelligent components and devices to identify, control, and virtualize services. And IP infrastructures are compatible with different standards and serve businesses.
As information technologies evolve, enterprises are increasingly dependent on and demanding to networks. As a result, networks need to support more services than just switching data. And network infrastructures must be standard, intelligent, and easy-to-use to provide different services.
The integration of networks and the visibilities into network users, applications, and resource utilization draw the attention of CIOs. The integration of services demands uniform management to identify problems. Network management will extend from network and application to services.
As an industry-leading network equipment and solution provider, Ruijie Networks has gone great lengths to build intelligent IP networks capable of multiple services.
BIIP strategies aim to integrate the independently developed RGOS operating platform, iSAM solution, SMP.edu management platform, RG-S2600 switches, and latest application-level firewalls into an intelligent application support platform.
BIIP strategies deliver multiple services securely, intelligently, and uniformly. The security is guaranteed through IP technologies to control risks and vulnerabilities. The intelligence is enabled through standard, intelligent, modular, and differentiated devices. The result is the integration of not only networks, but also services and management, and the focus of network management will shift from technologies to services.
The integration of networks, applications, and management enables accurate problem identification. Network management will extend from networks and applications to services. The integration is a challenge to and opportunity for network equipment vendors.
In the past, network equipment only deals with layer 1 through layer 4. But now, network equipment must deal with layer 7, the application layer. Two major concerns of customers are service and accessibility. Companies need to improve business processes and provide contents over the Internet instead of intranets. To move contents from intranets to the Internet, interface management is essential. To meet these demands, networks must be more intelligent. This requires the capabilities of service perception, classification, and distribution. Therefore, network equipment must be more intelligent than just forwarding data.
To address the challenges, the service-oriented management mode emerged. As network begin to provide multiple applications, managing the applications becomes a challenge. The more services a network provides, the more risks the CIO will face. Network services can be divided into voice, data, and video services, and data service can be further divided into data monitoring, data mining, and data storing. Managing so many services separately while sharing resource effectively is challenging for CIOs.
In the past, network management only covers devices and technologies. But devices and technologies are expected to provide services to achieve corporate strategies. Therefore, CIOs must attach equal important to network management, service management, and business management. For network equipment vendors, this means opportunities.
To facilitate the management for CIOs, Ruijie Networks breaks down services into layers.
The BIIP strategies accommodate different network architectures and integrate networks and services. Meanwhile, to build easy-to-use and easy-to-manage IP networks, Ruijie Networks includes the long-term collaboration with business partners in the BIIP strategies.