The TM Forum NaaS framework decouples network and OSS to enable dual-speed digital transformation
The TM Forum-proposed Network-as-a-service (NaaS) framework is designed to help communication service providers (CSPs) accelerate digital transformation and enhance service agility by decoupling the Operational Support Systems (OSS) and Business Support Systems (BSS) from the underlying networks. This framework leverages model-driven abstraction and open APIs to expose all network capabilities and resources – virtual and physical – into a service catalogue so that CSPs can compose services dynamically and automate service lifecycle management. Another concept of NaaS has emerged, which is a business model that is similar to the popular Software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, where CSPs expose network services to offer enterprise business services and put the end-customer in control of when, what, and how much of those services they want to consume using digital channels such as self-service portals. However, these seemingly different concepts of NaaS are aligned and complimentary. By simplifying and standardizing communications between the OSS/BSS and the network, they will bolster CSPs’ ability to make on-demand services like 5G network slicing a success. Anil Rao is the Research Director and Lead Analyst for network and service automation research at Analysys Mason, covering a broad range of topics on the existing and new-age operational systems that will power operators’ digital transformations.His main areas of focus include automation of service creation, provisioning and service operations in NFV/SDN-based networks, 5G, IoT and edge clouds; the use of analytics, ML and AI to increase operations efficiency and agility; and the broader imperatives around operations automation and zero touch networks.
TIP’s transport SDN workstream, MUST, puts CSPs in control of network automation
Six leading communication service providers (CSPs), Deutsche Telekom, MTN, Orange, Telefónica, Telia Company and Vodafone, have joined forces to standardise the open transport SDN architecture and achieve vendor-agnostic network programmability. The prevailing diverse SDN standards and automation frameworks have caused confusion and have slowed down network automation progress. This collaboration is therefore an important milestone; CSPs are taking control of the standardisation process, to not only accelerate transport network automation, but also to prepare for 5G network slicing. The CSPs are working together as part of the Telecom Infra Project Open Optical and Packet Transport (TIP OOPT) project group and have launched a new workstream titled Mandatory Use Case Requirements for SDN for Transport (MUST). The group will create technical use case specifications, focusing on key topics such as partial optical network disaggregation, IP and optical multi-domain and multi-layer co-ordination and network slicing. It has already released a white paper (Open Transport SDN Architecture Whitepaper), which provides an in-depth explanation of the MUST initiative.
Blue Planet powers your cloud-first strategy
Cloud-native intelligent automation software provided in a SaaS-based consumption model is required to help service providers maximize their business agility and fully realize the advantages that moving their OSS to the cloud offers, says Blue Planet’s Kailem Anderson.
Blue Orbit Partner Spotlight: How Infosys is building a blueprint for digital transformation
In Blue Orbit Partner Spotlight blogs, we will highlight innovative solutions from Blue Planet’s partner ecosystem, and discuss the market trends that are driving them.
Tier-1 Pan-Asian service provider assures MPLS services and ensures customer satisfaction with Blue Planet
Blue Planet’s Don Jacob details how one service provider was able to assure their MPLS services and, more importantly, cut down SLA payouts by proving the root cause of service reachability issues.
Implementing real-time service assurance, a customer case study from Crown Castle
Integrating AI and machine learning into network and service operations centers can help service providers evolve from reactive to proactive operations. Here's how Crown Castle is using these technologies for real-time assurance, and the related business.
New Blue Orbit partner program brings more than just technology to digital transformation
The path to digital transformation and network automation is about more than intelligent software – you also need intelligent people to help guide you through this complex journey. Blue Planet's Paul McCluskey details how the team has been working diligently with the world’s leading system integrators within our new Blue Orbit partner ecosystem.
Federation: Building the single source of truth for your network
Recently, Australia-based service provider Telstra International shared how they have dramatically simplified management of network resources with a new, dynamic inventory management system based on Blue Planet Inventory. Telstra calls its new system “Veritas,” which fittingly means truth in Latin. In this article, Marie Fiala details how Telstra’s adoption of BPI has also enabled the company to minimize risk of change, lower OpEx, and improve service delivery for its customers.
TIME dotCom Accelerates Troubleshooting Network Issues by 47% with Blue Planet
To provide a more reliable service to connect Asia with the rest of the world, Malaysia’s leading internet service provider upgrades its network with Blue Planet software. Dion Leung, Ciena’s regional managing director for ASEAN, discusses how route optimization enables digitalization for TIME dotCom’s growing customer base.
Become a hero for your customers and colleagues: how to troubleshoot and fault-fix your network faster
Understanding traffic flows across your network can be a massive help when it comes to managing routing changes and optimizing your peering. But Jürgen Hatheier, CTO EMEA at Ciena, points out that by adding performance data, and being able to correlate that performance data with traffic and routing data across the network, you can troubleshoot and fault-fix service degradation faster – and become a hero for your customers and colleagues.
Rethinking NaaS as a journey to openness and automation
NaaS can feel like an abstract concept, and various misconceptions abound on what it is and what is possible. But as Blue Planet’s Kailem Anderson explains, NaaS has measurable and quantifiable benefits that are achievable today.
Are you missing a major opportunity to take your network operations to the next level?
Modern IP MPLS networks are highly dynamic, which is great news in terms of handling incidents and keeping your customer-facing services online. Unfortunately, though, being ‘dynamic’ also means rapid routing changes, which create a raft of challenges when it comes to troubleshooting, fault-fixing, and even planning for new service deployments.Jürgen Hatheier, CTO EMEA at Ciena, explains how many service providers are constrained by unconnected monitoring systems and manual processes to correlate on network, traffic, and routing performance. And why this could be a major missed opportunity to speed up troubleshooting and fault fixing, while also optimizing resource utilization, route performance, and new service planning.
Planning for 5G Success: A Tale of Two Operators
The industry is moving forward with 5G deployments, motivated by differentiated service offerings. Here's how 5G Automation is helping two mobile network operators plan their own path to 5G success.
Today’s virtual world is making inroads into the 5G world
Over the last months, we’ve all adapted to new ways of working, socializing, and living, as coronavirus pandemic precautions have been instituted across the globe. The relative ease with which our communications networks have dealt with the corresponding shifting connectivity demands is positive foreshadowing of networks’ ability to handle the dynamic, bandwidth-hungry applications of the 5G world. Industry experts discussed our state of preparedness at a recent FutureNet World panel.
Q&A with LightRiver Software COO Travis Ewert: Enhancing multi-vendor, multi-layer visibility and automation
Blue Planet’s Kailem Anderson talks to Travis Ewert, COO of LightRiver Software, about how the combination of Blue Planet and LightRiver netFLEX to enhance visibility and automation across multi-vendor, multi-layer networks.
Blue Planet opens to ONAP
Blue Planet is stepping up its ONAP collaboration in an effort to help leading CSPs accelerate their adoption of open, automated network operations and policy-driven orchestration. Blue Planet's Kailem Anderson explains how and why.
How quickly can you activate new MPLS services?
MPLS tunnels are the go-to technology to deliver network services. But provisioning and activation can take days or even weeks. Blue Planet’s Mitch Auster details how intelligent automation can solve the many complexities of MPLS service activation.
More speed for 5G with Zero-Touch Network Slicing
The network slicing capabilities in 5G networks promise to open a plethora of new use cases around guaranteed speeds, low latency, reliability, and more. Here's how zero-touch slice lifecycle management plays a critical role.
Automation: Take the fast lane on the path to 5G
For years we’ve been hearing that 2020 would be the year that 5G networks would begin to be deployed. Well, it’s finally here, and MNOs are indeed starting to roll out 5G services. But beyond new phones and RAN technology, it’s going to be those that embrace automation who will ultimately drive faster transitions to 5G. To that end, Blue Planet has unveiled new capabilities for 5G automation.
How automation is transforming managed SD-WAN services
The rapid rise in the popularity of SD-WAN has many service providers scrambling to operationalize and integrate new SD-WAN solutions into their existing managed business services portfolios. Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research, details how modern orchestration software can provide the answer. This guest blog is sponsored by Ciena Blue Planet.
Multi-Layer Networking: Unifying IP and optical network management
Multi-layer networks pose a unique challenge in moving to network automation, as the IP/MPLS and optical layers in a multi-layer network are typically managed by independent network operations (NOC) teams working in silos. Bill Kaufmann details how Blue Planet's Multi-Layer Networking collects and processes routing paths, traffic flows, and performance metrics from the IP layer, and correlates it with underlying optical paths to provide actionable intelligence for network engineers, planners, architects, and NOC teams.
5 outcomes our Ciena Optimization Service brings to your network
Need more comprehensive visibility into your network infrastructure? Tim Wilson details how Ciena Optimization Service can help by incorporating powerful advanced analytics capabilities consumable in a convenient SaaS delivery model.
Is automation enough for digital transformation?
Many leading service providers are already concluding that automation is not enough to drive complete digital transformation. Complex decision making at super-human speeds requires intelligent automation, machine learning, and AI, all of which are fundamental for controlling and operating communications networks of the future. Blue Planet's Shelley Bhalla looks at why.
Closing the Loop: Ciena closes acquisition of Centina
Ciena has officially closed the acquisition of Centina Systems, which will be integrated into our Blue Planet division. Kailem Anderson, VP of Portfolio and Engineering for Blue Planet, details the crucial set of capabilities Centina brings that allow Blue Planet to fully execute on its closed-loop automation vision.