Given the theme of service providers being frustrated with the progress of OSS vendors toward a more dynamic LSO model, these systems will have to adapt quickly or die.
The existing OSS systems are lumped together in a larger “Telco IT” market, because they reside on the Information Technology side of the house, based on a computing and data-center network built and maintained separately from the communications network. In addition, OSS and BSS support systems have been delivered in slices – as different parts of the network get introduced, a new support system for each layer of the network is built into the company.
This is all changing, according to service providers we surveyed. The introduction of SDN and Network NFV means that networking and communications technologies will be increasingly deployed on commodity- based hardware – on the IT side – and the services provisioning, orchestration, and management layers will have to become more tightly integrated with the infrastructure.
As more of these networking control functions are separated from the networking hardware and put in the telco data center, the smarts of the network will shift. In the future, the networking infrastructure itself will provide the raw bandwidth for sending the bits, while the control and applications are set up and managed by the “brain” contained in the data center. In other words, it appears that much of the focus on service provider networks is shifting from hardware infrastructure to the IT realm.