If providing innovative services and a seamless digital experience are your company’s competitive edge, don’t let growing operational costs or network limitations impede your ability to compete with other CSPs and OTT players. Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are the latest disruptive technologies, allowing telecoms businesses to meet the challenges of the digital era and Internet of Things (IoT) head on. Lower OPEX and CAPEX can unleash service and application innovations to increase network investment monetization.
The long-term vision: Transforming a network into a distributed cloud
The idea behind NFV/SDN is that this new technology enables telecoms businesses to transform network nodes into micro data centers, which can host not only the software implemented network function (Virtualized Network Function), but also customer applications. In this way, the network can be transformed into a distributed platform that can re-shape itself dynamically to better service customer applications and allocate its resources according to customer application needs. In particular this paves the way for Edge computing, which is a function for low latency networks’ need for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. For customers, this means a better experience and the potential to utilize a new type of services in the IoT domain, which require the applications to be placed at the edge of the network
Network as a distributed cloud with network micro-datacenters capable of hosting co-located VNFs and applications
Real time OSS for Network Function Virtualization
The key to success is the high level of automation and “intelligent” algorithms in NFV MANO (NFV management and network orchestration) and in the SDN controller layer. This “intelligence” requires an end to end view of the virtualized and non-virtualized networks. The Comarch approach is to employ virtualized OSS Functions to implement NFV MANO and augment the functionality of the SDN controller:
SDN Architecture – employing BSS/OSS for an end to end view
NFV architecture – employing OSS for MANO and SDN