So, what is it that people want? They want an operations system that supports a wide range of flexible management functions for all elements of the services lifecycle.
In collaboration with other industry standards organizations as part of the UNITE program, the MEF is defining LSO capabilities and supporting APIs to streamline and automate the entire network service lifecycle in a sustainable fashion. LSO, as defined by MEF, encompasses all network domains that require coordinated end-to-end management and control to deliver on-demand connectivity services and to assure their overall quality and security. The main next-generation LSO functions, according to the MEF’s model for the “Third Network” include: Fulfillment, Control, Performance, Assurance, Usage, and Analytics.
Here’s how those functions break down, according to the MEF’s new model for the “Third Network.”
- Query product catalogue
- Order exchange, management, and tracking
- Design, provisioning, and assignment of resources
- Verification, test, and turn-up
- Discovery and reconciliation of service and network resources, topology, and connectivity
- Actively control the elastic behavior of service instances (both connections and interfaces)
- Managed connections as well as managed interfaces that may be turned on and off either instantaneously or as the result of actions tied to defined triggering events (e.g., schedule)
- Throttle up or back the bandwidth associated with specific connections (or per CoS)
- Add or remove endpoints in accordance with their specified dynamic service policies
- Discovery of service capabilities
- Migration of services to different resources