- Chapter 1: MEF’s Third Network Vision
- Chapter 2: Telco IT Grows Up – And Merges With Infrastructure
- Chapter 3: LSO Market Development & Sizing
- Chapter 4: Key Players in Network Orchestration & LSO (A-M)
- Chapter 5: Key Players in Network Orchestration & LSO (N-Z)
- Chapter 6: Appendix: Summary of LSO Companies
Introduction: What Is Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO)?
Service providers and large enterprises have expressed the need to move to a more modern model of deploying and managing network services. This model follows the consumer cloud paradigm, whereby a customer can sign up for and provision a new IT service “in the cloud” in minutes.
They seek the same model that cloud services – and even many consumer mobile data services – use today. This is a customer-driven affair, in which a customer looks at new services offerings on a screen, often a Web page, selects what he or she wants, and then presses a button. The service or software are then automatically provisioned or orchestrated and can be used in a matter of minutes.
It’s different in the telecommunications and enterprise communications markets. Many Business-to-Business (B2B) network services such as Ethernet, IP VPN, and optical circuits are manually provisioned (requiring a human to either plug something in or flip a switch). This lack of automation means that new services can take days, weeks, and even months – rather than minutes or seconds – to deploy.
Our research indicates the global telecom carriers – service providers – have now “seen the light” and want to change this. They want to invest in technology that gives them more dynamic provisioning, management, and monitoring of network services. They’ve been looking for solutions, and now these solutions are beginning to emerge in the market.
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