The use of a microservices architecture and Linux containers can be used to help build virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) software for use in the telco cloud. These virtual connections enable telecom companies to use microservices to deploy new services and applications using a network functions virtualization (NFV) platform in the cloud.
Microservices use a distributed architecture to host software in the cloud. These software packages can be distributed across NFV platforms and managed using Linux container management tools such as Docker or Rancher.
Scalability Advantages of vCPE Microservices
Another advantage of using vCPE microservices is scalability. A container and microservices architecture can be used to share an operating system (OS) on a host, without requiring the installation of virtual machines, which can consume more resources. The advantage of this approach is that it can deploy many different applications on the same operating system (OS) on NFV servers, conserving resources that might otherwise when using virtual machines (VMs).
Containers could be used to build more flexible software deployments in the telco cloud, for example, to design operations and support systems (OSS) or services orchestration—because. By using Linux containers and microservices, the telco cloud can be designed with dynamic software upgrades and real-time billing, monitoring, or configuration.
Key Providers of vCPE Microservices
Several technology vendors have decided to pursue a microservices architecture. For example, Ciena has announced that microservices and containers would serve as the foundation of Blue Planet, the network orchestration and management platform. Ciena says this will allow service providers to move to more agile, “DevOps” style software development. Ciena also points out that next-generation telecom systems need to be more flexible. Container technology can also help networks become more interoperable.
In addition, networking giant Cisco has also dabbled in microservices, releasing an open source microservices platform called Mantl. In addition, many leading service providers, including Deutsche Telekom, have confirmed they are using microservices to build next-generation applications.
The Linux Foundation a key organization for open source software in the telco cloud, hosts two groups, the Open Container Initiative and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Other vendors and operators that joined these initiatives including Amazon, AT&T, Cisco, Google, Oracle, Verizon, and VMware.
It’s becoming clear that both leading service providers and major equipment and software vendors are looking at ways to use microservices in the telco cloud to deliver scalable and open distributed applications that can be deployed using NFV platforms.