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Explorer Path Provisioning

Automated constraint-based service path provisioning

Shorten time-to-revenue for new services

The Explorer Path Provisioning application, part of the Blue Planet® Route Optimization and Analysis (ROA) Provisioning and Optimization Explorer, helps network operators and service providers automate the provisioning of new services and speed up time-to-market for new services from days or weeks to a few minutes.

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Explorer Path Provisioning application automates the provisioning of constraints-based service paths.

Key benefits

No. 1

Increase competitiveness by satisfying customer service requests in minutes, not days or weeks

No. 2

Accelerate time to revenue while making optimum use of network assets

No. 3

Minimize disruption by integrating with the SDN controller, service orchestrator, or OSS platform of your choice

No. 4

Reduce engineering time spent on day-to-day service requests

No. 5

Gain real-time visibility into newly provisioned paths to enable better management

No. 6

Adopt service provisioning automation at your own pace

Quick definition of IP/MPLS transport services

The Explorer Path Provisioning application allows network operators to create a catalog of IP/MPLS transport services using an intuitive web-based wizard. Service paths can be created for a variety of subscriber needs, such as low latency, data sovereignty (e.g. to ensure traffic does not traverse country borders), and diversity. Each service can also be defined with its own priority and optimization algorithm to be used for calculating the path, including lowest delay, lowest number of hops, shortest IGP, and shortest Traffic Engineering (TE) metric.

Additional constraints may be applied, if needed. These include the use of RSVP-TE or Segment Routing tunnels, with various path diversity and path protection options, such as the inclusion or exclusion of nodes, links, interfaces, Shared Risk Link Groups (SRLGs), and user-specified affinities with masks.

Rapid fulfillment subscriber service requests

When a subscriber requests an IP/MPLS service path between two end points with a specific set of constraints, the operator simply selects the matching service from the catalog already created and associates it with the subscriber. The operator can then provision the new path by specifying only the source and destination PE devices and the required bandwidth.

Explorer Path Provisioning's path computation and optimization engine computes the best path based on the defined constraints and returns the results within seconds. If it determines that no path is available to satisfy the supplied constraints, the operator can quickly adjust the constraints and resubmit the request.

The new path details are presented to the user, including a mini-topology map showing each node in the path. The network configuration changes may then be provisioned manually or automatically.

Automated path provisioning

After the application’s path computation and optimization engine calculates the new path(s) based on the supplied constraints, it returns the results, providing the operator an opportunity to review the details of the new path before sanctioning the required network changes. Once satisfied, the operator may choose to provision the changes manually—or simply click on the "Provision" button in the application's user interface to pass the configuration changes to Blue Planet MDSO or another orchestrator, via open APIs, to be provisioned automatically.

Once the network changes are made, ROA’s real-time routing data collection will detect them immediately, completing the closed-loop automated path provisioning. This software-defined control allows operators to transition to the Adaptive Network™—which offers reduced operational complexity, greater efficiency, and improved services velocity.

Integration with existing platforms

The Explorer Path Provisioning application may be integrated with existing OSS and orchestration platforms via open REST APIs supplied with Blue Planet ROA. For example, a subscriber request with specified service constraints could be received from an OSS via Blue Planet APIs. After the best path is computed, the results would be returned to the OSS via the APIs for provisioning—with no human touch points.

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