Communications service providers (CSPs) are looking at virtualization as a means to introduce innovative new services, reduce time to market for new services and stay ahead of their competition. However, the Achilles’ heel for these operators is to move from limited trials to full scale operationalization. One of the major causes for lack of full scale operationalization is the operators’ shortcoming with their existing network management and siloed operations support systems (OSS), which limits their ability to effectively fulfill and assure services in a hybrid environment. In many instances operators have taken a very myopic bottom-up approach where they have deployed solutions solely to manage the virtual network function (VNF) components, which does nothing but add complexity to an already complex hybrid physical and virtual network environment.
While standards such as MANO has become integral to managing virtual functions, and essentially acts as the go-to standard for implementing network functions virtualization (NFV), there’s still the need for an overarching solution that operates in real time and allows for the automated creation and teardown of virtual functions with the provisioning, fulfillment and assurance features CSPs currently enjoy with more traditional services. Next-generation service management and orchestration systems need to be top-down and be able traverse and manage a complex, hybrid services world, involving a combination of virtualized and non-virtualized network resources.
Frameworks such as lifecycle service orchestration (LSO) are steps in the right direction as it brings to the table an all-encompassing platform for NFV operationalization, including services, methodologies and business practices. And while LSO is a critical step in the right direction, and something all CSPs going the virtual route need to seriously consider, it’s not the end game for bringing NFV out of the lab and into production.
Join us for this cutting-edge webinar on agile virtualization where we chart the course of NFV operationalization from theory to reality, discuss why LSO is a key stepping stone to full-scale NFV deployments, and examine the next steps required for CSPs to not only bring NFV to life but also monetize it through new revenue streams.
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