Network operators need to simplify operations and replace the traditional, slow, high-touch provisioning model with a real-time, automated approach. Call it Network Service Orchestration.
Service providers are under extreme pressure. On one hand, surging traffic volumes and sprawling infrastructure have made managing their networks more expensive and complex. On the other hand, increased competition is lowering revenue and forcing service providers to introduce new services more quickly.
The result: Profitability is shrinking.
The keys to fixing this situation are to simplify operations (which ultimately reduces network costs) and replace the traditional, slow, high-touch provisioning model with a real-time, automated approach.
SDN and NFV are both exciting new initiatives that offer benefits in terms of reducing vendor lock-in, improved scalability and elasticity of the network. But neither attacks the main bottleneck in terms of operational complexity, the OSS.
The problem is how the OSS evolved. Each time a service provider would add a new device or service, they would modify the OSS with custom code. Over time the OSS grew and grew until it has now become a bloated bottleneck that makes it exceedingly costly and slow to add new services and devices and makes real-time provisioning virtually impossible. Worse yet, the OSS often requires manual involvement, slowing the process further and adding costs.
What service providers need is a way to replace the bloated OSS layer with something more agile. Call it Network Service Orchestration. The concept behind network service orchestration is to decouple network services from specific network components, while automatically configuring the network according to the service specifications.
Adding new services and devices becomes easier, faster and no longer requires custom code. The Network Service Orchestration reduces the time it takes to design and deploy new services and make real-time service provisioning possible.
Tail-f is a first mover and leader in the emerging Network Service Orchestration space. Tail-f’s solutions are equally applicable for today’s network problems, such as layer 2 or layer 3 VPN provisioning, and next-generation networking based on NFV and SDN technologies
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