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NFV Orchestration

Intelligent and automated lifecycle management of virtualized services

Blue Planet streamlines the definition and creation of NFV-based services

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) allows network operators to reduce their dependence on single-purpose appliances by taking functions that were previously built into hardware and implementing them in software that runs on industry-standard servers, network, and storage platforms. Beyond reducing network operators’ dependency on dedicated hardware, leveraging NFV enables more programmability in the network and greatly reduces the complexity and time-to-market associated with introducing new services.

Blue Planet provides intelligent and automated NFV orchestration capabilities for instantiating, managing, and chaining Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). It conforms to the ETSI Management and Orchestration (MANO) guidelines for orchestrating NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) resources across single or distributed data centers. Blue Planet leverages RESTful APIs and intent-based and model-driven service templates to simplify integration with different OSS, SDN, and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) platforms.

 

Highlights

  • Instantiates VNFs, provides service chaining, and provisions connectivity for virtualized services
  • Reduces the complexity and time-to-market associated with introducing new, highly differentiated services
  • Provides advanced visualization of end-to-end service flows based on ETSI NFV Release 2 specifications to enable efficient troubleshooting
  • Open, vendor-agnostic architecture eliminates vendor lock-in, allowing network operators to use the VNFs and cloud infrastructure of their choice
  • Intent-based TOSCA service templates enable intelligent automation and service lifecycle management by modeling the service and service attributes, including the sequencing of how to create and/or delete resources
  • Blue Planet’s DevOps Toolkit and DevOps Exchange allow for self-service on-boarding of virtual resources and VNFs
  • Supported by the Blue Orbit SDN and NFV Ecosystem to accelerate the transition to new, on-demand virtualized services
Our open, vendor-agnostic strategy allows you to use the VNFs and cloud infrastructure of your choice to simplify the operationalization of new NFV-based services, and scale them according to customer demand.

 

Considerations when evaluating NFV orchestrators

NFV orchestration is a powerful tool in its own right, but becomes even more important in an operator network when paired with WAN automation and cloud services orchestration. Some key considerations when evaluating NFV orchestrator platforms are:

Blue Planet software is supported by Blue Orbit SDN and NFV Ecosystem, a group of like-minded, best-of-breed vendors dedicated to accelerating real-world SDN and NFV deployments. Collectively, Blue Planet and Blue Orbit enable network operators to focus on delivering differentiated new SDN- and NFV-based services to their customers instead of focusing on the operational mechanics of creating new services.

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