dacoso participates in the AI-NET-Protect research project. Our focus: SD Core, SD-WAN and Edge Cloud.

dacoso AI-NET-Protect

dacoso project manager Karsten Geise

Digitization is advancing unabated, and good ideas are sprouting from the ground - but are the networks keeping up? Are centralized cloud infrastructures sufficient in the long term to provide the necessary tailwind for robotics, smart cities and next-generation industry? The AI-NET-Protect research project sees a need and is taking action: the goal is to provide automated resilience and network security to critical infrastructures and enterprises. The focus here is on the technologies 5G, edge-centric computing and artificial intelligence. Network telemetry and software-defined network management will enable zero-touch provisioning and support artificial intelligence-based automation of end-to-end services with predictive operations. Multi-layer cryptography, agile crypto capabilities, and quantum-safe algorithms will provide maximum network security.

More and more automation in the network

The project starts under the auspices of CELTIC-NEXT, a European research initiative in the field of telecommunications, new media, future Internet and applications. Numerous companies from the telecommunications industry are participating - and so are we: Our contribution lies in the further development of SDN and edge solutions. "With our input on network virtualization, programmable infrastructure and intelligent processing of data at the network periphery, we want to help ensure that Europe has strong and secure networks that do not slow things down, but move them forward," says Karsten Geise, Head of Business & Product Development at dacoso and responsible for the research participation. "Combining deep packet inspection with intrusion detection, we will also detect attacks on the central SDN infrastructure and prevent them from spreading via the control plane to the entire network."

Participants from industry and research

It will be particularly exciting to work with leading technical universities, research institutes and specialized companies in hardware and software development. We will be able to contribute our many years of experience with managed services and network operations. To ensure efficient and result-oriented progress, the project has been broken down into several work packages with clear definitions of the activities and their interfaces. Regular conference calls and direct agreements between those involved help to ensure that everything is implemented in a coordinated manner. And, of course, we are already looking forward to the possibility of face-to-face meetings again soon!

The project started in January 2021 and is scheduled to run until the end of 2023. We report here on the exciting interim results!

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