Network Function Virtualization (NFV) helps operators run network functions on standard volume COTS hardware instead of purpose built hardware and leverages standard IT virtualization and cloud technologies to reduce total cost of operation and increase the service innovation and scale. This level of automation in provisioning and service delivery requires orchestration software of virtualized resources and the network for the operator to truly benefit from NFV’s promise.
The ETSI ISG has not standardized all the interfaces between various blocks highlighted in their famous whitepaper when they brought to the industry’s attention the need for VNFs and service orchestration. Contributors, which Cyan is a part of, are working hard to define what the most reasonable and practical way all of the components—including the NFVI, VNF manager, VNF, and orchestrator—come together and interact. Cyan has taken a step (a few actually) further and will be demonstrating a real-life use case at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Cyan, Intel, Red Hat, DELL, and Connectem are collaborating to demonstrate the technical and business viability of carrier grade NFV deployment and service orchestration using cloud computing technologies. The collaboration delivers a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) that has been accepted by the ETSI ISG, demonstrating a novel NFV-based orchestration solution for an operator’s cloud based mobile Evolved Packet Core. Any mobile operator wanting to migrate to the cloud and operationalize the solution in their end-to-end network is a customer for this initiative. Intel is providing extensive coverage and will have it’s Network Builders resource site updated at the beginning of MWC next week.
The major steps in the orchestration that Cyan Blue Planet controls are:
- Start the Mobility Zone service
- Instantiate vEPC
- Bind/map virtual and physical networks
- Instantiate vDNS
- Configure Mobile Backhaul Network
- Instantiate vTester
- Mobility Zone service orchestration complete
The Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN/NFV Platform acts as the overall orchestrator touching every single device in the solution from the cell tower to the virtual machines, thereby delivering end-to-end service orchestration.