Virtualization is bringing sweeping changes to the telecommunications industry. Increasingly, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are enabling service providers to embrace the DevOps concept, combining software development best practices with those of network operations to create an interconnected ecosystem. Providers are now able to bring IT and network teams together, enable better collaboration with vendor ecosystem partners, and improve business agility.
In an era of strong competition from over-the-top providers offering innovative services, agility is particularly critical. To that end, a new infobrief from Ciena offers 10 technical concepts that service providers must know about to better understand how adopting DevOps can help them quickly adapt their networks to changes in market needs, improve service quality, and reduce the costs of developing new services.
The infobrief covers such topics as Linux, the de facto operating system at the heart of almost all of today’s applications, servers, and devices; Docker, which makes applications easier to enhance, maintain, and scale; Python, the easy-to-learn, widely applicable open-source programming language; and Swagger, interactive API documentation framework that helps developers easily locate, understand, and consume APIs to facilitate the development of applications and services. Read the infobrief to learn about all 10 of the featured topics.
Read the infobrief to also learn how Ciena is a strong proponent of the potential for DevOps to help service providers and network operators facilitate better collaboration among product development, IT, and network operations teams to improve operational efficiency, accelerate innovation, and reduce the ‘concept-to-revenue’ time for new services. Ciena makes extensive use of the DevOps technologies mentioned in the infobrief, along with many others, in the Blue Planet platform and the related DevOps Toolkit. Together, they provide an orchestration engine and software development toolset that can be used by network operators’ in-house personnel—in collaboration with ecosystem partners—to modify new services and add new virtual and physical network resources more quickly and easily.Download the infobrief, “A DevOps Primer for Service Providers: Ten Key Technologies You Should Know”