Asperitas and Villa-Tech collaborate on digital twin for network

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Cloud consultancy Asperitas and SDN provider Villa-Tech have partnered to create a digital network twin for large and medium-sized enterprises. The fully managed service, now available, reduces a company’s risk and accelerates the pace of change by creating a virtualized clone of an on-premises network and providing a platform to simulate and commit changes.

The companies have been in partnership since 2017 and have established, implemented and managed networks for numerous Fortune 1000 companies. The new service will give companies a holistic view of their existing infrastructure with guidance on the impact of different choices and strategies.

This is part of a larger trend around using digital twins to simulate different aspects of networks, such as Nvidia’s efforts to simulate data centers; the efforts of Digital Twin Sim and Ericsson to simulate different aspects of 5G networks; and Scalable Networks Technologies are working on power grid modeling.

A new look at the network

Scott Wheeler, managing partner and practice leader at Asperitas, told VentureBeat, “A digital network twin is a fully managed mirrored replica of an organization’s on-premises network,” Scott Wheeler, managing partner and practice leader at Asperitas, told VentureBeat.

Being a working live mirror copy of the production environment, changes to the environment can be deployed and tested without impacting the existing production environment. It includes replicas of all production network hardware and software with a simulation that allows the digital twin to scale to virtually any use case or test requirement.

As part of the new offering, Asperitas and Villa-Tech will build a replica of an organization’s on-premises network infrastructure and virtualize each component so organizations can test their network in a real world. Companies can create multiple twins to explore or support different use cases, such as testing different network scenarios, testing performance impacts, and identifying vulnerabilities. Businesses can also use the digital network twin to assess the performance of their own private infrastructure, ramps to the cloud, and connectivity to third-party services and SaaS apps.

“The value is in the ability for customers to develop, change and update at a much faster pace, while knowing exactly how their manufacturing network will behave upon implementation,” said Wheeler. “Therefore, risks are removed prior to network deployment, significantly reducing, if not eliminating, post-deployment issues.”

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