- Chapter 1: Next-gen OSS and LSO Market Drivers
- Chapter 2: Next-gen OSS and LSO Ecosystem Evolution
- Chapter 3: Rise of Open Source Next-gen OSS and LSO
- Next-gen OSS and LSO Products
- Chapter 4: Next-Gen OSS and LSO Market Perceptions and the Future
- Chapter 5: Next-Gen OSS and LSO Products
Next-Gen OSS (Operations Support Systems), LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) and NFV MANO (Network Functions Virtualization Management and Operations) have become the leading points of discussion in the Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) market. As proofs-of-concepts for NFV gain success and traction, attention has shifted upwards from the networking and infrastructure layer into the orchestration and operations and business support layers.
New requirements for Next-Gen OSS have emerged from the Communications Service Provider (CSP) market, requiring more agile, modular, scalable and manageable solutions than legacy OSS solutions can provide. The MEF Forum recognized the need for a new operations layer that can integrate with existing OSS/BSS as well as new NFV and SDN stacks and have defined this as Lifecycle Service Orchestration or LSO. The LSO market is significant, conservatively estimated to be around $3B in 2020 by SDxCentral and more if SDN and NFV continue to gain traction.
In the last year, increased participation from vendors and the open-source community alike have helped drive new frameworks such as OpenLSO and OpenCS within the MEF, bringing into the LSO fold popular and significant projects including OpenDaylight, ONOS, OPNFV and Open-O. With the increased momentum, we expect to see more clarification and definition around key LSO interfaces in 2017 and beyond, making LSO a reality for integrating with and replacing today’s legacy OSS implementations.
LSO represents a move towards the CSP of the future, embracing cloud technologies and open APIs and approaches OSS with a more agile, scalable and cost-effective approach. SDxCentral expects new innovations to continue to develop in 2017, including new packaging options for next-gen OSS such as container-based micro-services and possibly SaaS-based platforms, resulting in renewed interest from CSPs looking to manage and monetize their new SDN and NFV platform roll-outs.