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Telco Bits & Bytes – 26 November 2020

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Telco Bits & Bytes – 12 November 2020

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Telco Bits & Bytes – 29 October 2020

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Drive Down OpEx and Drive Up Efficiency

Want to reduce the time and money you spend on network operations? Start with smarter automation.

It’s Monday morning, and your network operations team is already buried in alarms. You know there’s a real problem, because the trouble tickets keep pouring in. Your customers don’t want excuses, they just their services back up and running. But you’re still trying to figure out what exactly went wrong.

A network topology issue? A device misconfiguration or faulty software update? A problem with the application? Maybe the virtual machine (VM) that application is running on? Or the server hosting the VM? Or the SD-WAN edge? It may take hours to pinpoint the problem. In the meantime, you need to figure out which customers the issue will affect and make sure to resolve it in time to meet your contracted service-level agreement (SLA). The worst part: it’s still early. You’ve only seen a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of network events that hit your NOC every day.

It’s not a pretty picture. Unfortunately, it’s not a rare one either. As networks get more complex, managing services across heterogeneous network resources (physical, virtual, SD-WAN, NFV) keeps getting harder and more expensive. But it doesn’t have to. You can cut through the complexity and get to the root of network problems more quickly. You can automate many of the tasks that take hours to accomplish now. You can deliver excellent customer experience with less effort.

To do any of this though, you’ll need a new kind of service assurance—one that’s a lot more automated and intelligent.  One that can span the legacy networks in place and the new virtual networks and services you and your enterprise customers are deploying.  One that is designed for operator networks as they are today, not the way they were a decade ago.

Automate Everything

Too much of current network operations still depends on human decision-making, even as it’s become impossible for human beings to keep up with the complexity of service provider environments. And looking at the latest trends for global IP and mobile networks, the problem is only going to get worse.

According to the Cisco Annual Internet Report, over the next three years:

  • There will be 5.3 billion internet users by 2023
  • The number of devices connected to IP networks will be more than 3X the global population (29.3 billion networked devices by 2023)
  • Machine-to-Machine connections will represent 50% of the globally connected devices (approximately 14.7 billion M2M connections by 2023)

And that’s just raw growth in data and devices. The major technology transformations happening in networks will make service delivery even more complex:

  • The global edge computing market is expected to grow from USD 2.8 billion in 2019 to USD 18.36 billion by 2027 per Fior Markets
  • According to IDC Research, the SD-WAN infrastructure market is poised to reach USD 5.25 billion in 2023, growing at a rate of growing at a 30.8% CAGR from 2018 to 2023

The only way to get a handle on this massive growth in the scale and complexity of network services: automate.  VMware Telco Cloud Operations put assurance automation in the hands of network operators. Telco Cloud Operations automatically tracks device configurations across your entire multivendor network—transport, physical, virtual and services layers. It continually maintains a stable configuration, monitoring for any configurations that are out of compliance and can take action to bring the devices into compliance.  When other issues are detected and alarms raised, Telco Cloud Operations correlates information and status from the entire network to determine the root cause and generates an alert or remediation workflow—all in an automated fashion, without the need for human intervention.

What does all that automation mean for your network teams? Much faster incident detection and response, and a lot less manual effort and “firefighting.” By automating a lot of manual effort, operations personnel can be elevated from incident response to more strategic functions, working to resolve more complex issues and prevent future incidents rather than reacting to routine ones.

Take Network Intelligence to a Higher Level

Network teams already spend less time on mundane, repetitive tasks than they used to, because the many of these tasks have been automated. What operators really need is a way to streamline the more complex processes that currently require human judgement and decision-making. This is where Telco Cloud Operations intelligence makes a significant leap.

  • Automate root-cause analysis: Current network management systems (NMS) bury teams in information. They provide massive amounts of data about the “symptoms” of an issue but leave it to human operators to translate those thousands of alerts into something that makes sense. Telco Cloud Operations correlates all active, inactive and unknown alarm statuses together with the network topology and relationship between devices to quickly uncover the root cause of the problem. It determines not only knows what’s causing the issue, but which services and customers are affected. Your network operations team see only the alerts that actually matter.
  • Adapt to changes dynamically: Many event management system (EMS) tools use rule-based engines to suppress redundant alarms and reduce the alarm storm. However, this requires a significant amount of time by skilled operators to first create the rules based on the network topology and relationship between devices and then continuously update these rules as new devices and services are changed or added. VMware Telco Cloud Operations updates itself automatically. It uses an advanced, multi-dimensional deterministic model-based engine that continually adapts to dynamic networks—saving thousands of personnel hours per year.
  • Address the most important problems first: Conventional NMS and assurance solutions are designed to solve technical problems, not business ones. If there’s a problem affecting multiple services and customers, for example, it’s still up to human beings to figure out how best to triage the response. Telco Cloud Operations business impact analysis tools can automate even this process. By assigning business impact scores to your various tenants and services, you can automatically prioritize incidents affecting your most important services, your highest-profile customers and the problems most likely to lead to costly SLA violations.

There’s a Better Way to Run Your Network

How much time and money could you save if your network operations teams didn’t have to function as a human correlation engine? For large service providers and enterprises around the world using VMware Telco Cloud Operations, this is not an academic question. These operators are automating network discovery, device configurations, and compliance management. They’re automating the process of identifying true problems versus symptoms and driving down the mean time to detect and repair them. Most importantly, they’re focusing their time and effort where it matters most—on areas that directly impacts revenues—instead of constantly putting out fires.

Want to learn more about what VMware Telco Cloud Operations can do for your organization? Visit: https://www.vmware.com/products/telco-cloud-operations.html

 

Blog by Karina Dahlke

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Telco Bits & Bytes – 15 October 2020

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What’s Next for the Cable Industry?
Cable Cloud – A common and consistent architecture for multi-service across any network and any cloud

As SCTE·ISBE Cable-Tec Expo is approaching, we are tuning in to see what’s next for cable. Technology innovations in DOCSIS, Distributed Access Architecture (DAA), and 5G are driving communications service providers (CSPs), including cable, telco, and mobile operators, toward a distributed, disaggregated architecture. Disaggregation enables gains in flexibility and operational and cost efficiencies while meeting bandwidth demand and preparing for next-generation ultra-reliable low-latency services. Convergence of access and mobile will also bring new market opportunities and challenges to the industry.

Now the question is what software architecture will turn this vision into reality?

To reach a mass deployment of distributed access and edge architecture, both CapEx and OpEx need to be reduced to the point that can justify such a mass deployment.  Cable operators need to first virtualize their infrastructure by disaggregating the control plane from the data plane so that they can grow and scale independently from each other.  This will enable cable operators to build a simplified and agile architecture that can automate and dynamically assign, share and optimize the allocation of compute, storage, and networking resources for a broad set of planned or unpredicted network and service scenarios.

To build, run, manage, connect, and protect any service running on any device in a distributed multi-access network environment, cable operators need a high level of scalability and agility, and a much larger scale of automation, network and service visibility, service assurance and manageability.  Cable operators need an automation platform that can provide the scalability, repeatability, velocity, and operational efficiency to support large-scale deployments and serve a large amount of distributed remote edge sites.   In order to monitor and manage such a large amount of distributed scale virtual and physical networks more efficiently, cable operators will be benefited from AI- and ML-based real-time assurance platform that can provide intelligent operations insights that they need.

Most operators, if not all, would agree that network virtualization and moving to cloud architecture is the way to meet these requirements.  This shift to the cloud is similar to what mobile operators are experiencing in their 5G journey — cloud technologies provide the scalability, agility, and ROI to make mobile 5G a reality.  For the cable industry, with a strong broadband subscriber base and superior video delivery network, cable cloud will unleash the full potential of the cable network and make DAA, cable 10G, and convergence of cable and mobile reality, empowering cable operators to take advantage of the cloud economy and offer next-generation cloud services.

So, what kind of cable cloud architecture will give you a competitive edge with better ROI, faster service innovation, faster time to market, and greater operational efficiency?

A common and consistent horizontal architecture that is vendor-agnostic and application-agnostic addresses the challenges of silos. A common and consistent architecture also needs to be standards-based and future-ready — a hybrid architecture of virtualization and cloud-native technology enables cable operators to have consistent operations for any existing and future service running on any device across any network in any cloud.  In large-scale cloud-based networks that are co-located, a common and consistent architecture enables cable operators to further improve their cost and operational efficiency network convergence.

VMware cable cloud solutions are doing just that and much more.  To learn more, check out our cable cloud website at www.vmware.com/cablecloud.

If you’re attending SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2020, you can find out more by joining these two workshops featuring presentations from VMware experts:

 

 

Telco Bits & Bytes – 1 October 2020

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Telco Bits & Bytes – 20 August 2020

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Telco Bits & Bytes – 25 June 2020

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Getting ready for the 5G transformation with VMware Ready for Telco Cloud

Today, we are announcing another milestone in our support for communications service providers (CSPs) as they transition to a software-defined telco cloud. We are enhancing our award-winning VMware Ready for NFV program by including interoperability and readiness for VMware Telco Cloud Automation.

The addition of VMware Telco Cloud Automation into the program further accelerates the ability of CSPs to deploy software-based workloads on the VMware Telco Cloud platform. In order to reflect this expanded scope, we are renaming the program to VMware Ready for Telco Cloud. The original Ready for NFV certification will become Ready for Telco Cloud Infrastructure while the new certification level for VMware Telco Cloud Automation is called Ready for Telco Cloud.

As the telecommunication industry continues its migration to 5G, there are two critical shifts occurring that will shape the industry for years to come: a need for improved automation and the migration of network functions to a cloud native architecture. The expanded scope of the VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program reflects VMware’s commitment to supporting our carrier service provider customers as they engage with these shifts. The new certification level, VMware Ready for Telco Cloud, introduces our telco partner ecosystem to VMware’s multi-cloud and standards-based automation and orchestration product, aptly called VMware Telco Cloud Automation. A partner Network Function successfully completing this level of certification has demonstrated its support for a more automated deployment and operations.

The updated program offers two paths for partners by introducing two levels of certifications:

The Ready for Telco Cloud Infrastructure certification identifies virtual network functions that have been proven to interoperate with the core infrastructure layers of the VMware Telco Cloud, as referenced by the ETSI-compliant VMware vCloud NFV Reference Architecture. The focus of this certification level is on compatibility with the virtualized infrastructure manager (VIM) as well as compatibility with the other core components: VMware vSphere for virtualized compute, NSX for virtualized networking, and vSAN for virtualized storage. The fully automated program is available at no-cost to VMware partners, both in the VMware on-premise certification lab as well as in the VMware cloud as self-certification.

The second and new level of certification is called Ready for Telco Cloud. The certification additionally ensures that network functions are ready for deployment and lifecycle operations through VMware Telco Cloud Automation. In this level, the VMware team collaborates with partners to create an ETSI-compliant descriptor as well as a workflow, resource and commissioning artifact for a validated and tested Cloud Service Archive (CSAR). The built-in generic VNF Manager (gVNFM) function within VMware Telco Cloud Automation and the network function designer are central elements in this tier. This higher-level certification is available at the Ready for Telco Cloud lab on the VMware premises and includes the VMware Ready for Telco Cloud Infrastructure certification as a prerequisite.

The following diagram illustrates the path from the Ready for Telco Cloud Infrastructure certification to the Ready for Telco Cloud certification level:

 

The telecommunication industry has been on a journey toward software-based network functions that will leverage cloud-native architecture and design. Eventually, software development and delivery models will evolve to become more collaborative, significantly faster, and more automated.

We are committed to supporting our customers in their journey and are more than happy to share the extensive experience we have in the area with our partners. We see a logical progression in the way we engage with our telco partners:

  1. Ensure that the network function is interoperable with the fundamental cloud platform
  2. Automate the deployment and lifecycle operations

As containerized network functions become available, we will continue supporting our ecosystem. We see full alignment between suppliers and customers: we all want to accelerate the adaptation of software-based network functions, increase components integration, and elevate innovation. This is why the VMware Ready for Telco Cloud has embraced automation, cloud labs, and a continued evolution.

Connect with us: To certify a network function through the VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program, reach out to us at TelcoCloudCertification@vmware.com.