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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

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Leverages RESTful APIs in combination with intent-based and model-driven service templates to simplify integration with different OSS, SDN, and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) platforms.

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Virtual Network Function (VNF) vendor and VIM vendor agnostic open platform that supports bare metal and virtual appliances provides maximum NFV flexibility.

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Eliminates the OPEX, delays and errors associated with manual intervention and with swivel-chair operations between IT and Network systems and vendor-specific tools.

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Support for standards-based interfaces – defined by the MEF, ETSI, TMF and others – ensures open communications with OSS components, SDN controllers, NMS/EMS and cloud management platforms.

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Built on a container and microservices-based architecture, cloud native NFVO software can be consumed in a SaaS model, hosted in the cloud or deployed on the customer premises – in complete alignment with technical requirements and business goals.

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Blue Planet NFVO – together with Multidomain Service Orchestration (MDSO) – enables fully automated service lifecycle management and service orchestration, end to end across any mix of physical and virtual domains: cloud, WAN, NFV, IP/MPLS.

Open, vendor-agonstic strategy

NFVO can be deployed independently or in conjunction with other Blue Planet products to deliver high-impact business-focused solutions such as the Blue Planet Virtual Edge Automation solution, which reduces the order-to-service interval from months to minutes and reduces service fulfillment OPEX by up to 80%.

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