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A Platform for Cloud Based Networking
May 5, 2016

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At TM Forum Live! IBM, Comptel and Juniper Networks will showcase an integrated platform to help Communication Service Providers (CSP) capture value in the telco cloud ecosystem. The focus of this effort is to enable CSPs to make the shift towards cloud based infrastructures, leveraging the latest in network, compute and storage function virtualization. Before we get there, let’s discuss the challenges and methods used to address this transformation.

 

Let’s summarize common trends observed with CSP challenges in today’s market.

 

  1. CSPs have a combinatorial requirement to maintain and increase relevance in the end user spend, while also maximizing value from their spend on network assets. To capture more share of wallet, they need to make those assets more agile and automated, offering end users and application developers the possibility to define and procure abstract infrastructure requirements. However, the current operational model, processes and structure which includes service lifecycle management & OSS will not support the new role of automated network assets and their functionality. 
  2. Network disaggregation (physical underlay and virtual overlay) demands a highly agile, automated and flexible operational model to achieve these goals.   It’s vital in this shift to deliver the end user an "experience-centric" network that aligns specific application with the network for the best quality experience. That means application and network functions need cohesion in design, fulfillment, analytics and operations.
  3. The added the pressure to grow share of wallet explicitly implies CSPs need a new approach towards their OTT counterparts. CSP's must be able to position themselves towards end users as well as application vendors from a customer experience led perspective. Identity management and proxy is a key focus CSP are working on with regards to their positioning with the end users. Combine that with sophisticated flow based, automated network orchestration will elevate CSP as the go-to supplier for both network and applications.
  4. Deploying a comprehensive turnkey, automated and dynamic Telco cloud stack is associated with high risks to be absorbed by a CSP. As the current operating and refresh costs will need to be continued for quite some time, this is most viable for Tier 2-3 with less significant existing operational footprints. 

To combat these challenges, innovative CSPs are taking a new path. They realize the following:

 

  1. They will favor an iterative, failsafe and cost controllable transformation deployment from their Present Mode of Operation (PMO) to their Future Model of Operation (FMO). The ability to roll out and roll back services as well as redeploy it’s functional components is imperative and the virtualization of network services and applications is making this possible.
  2. They focus to control CAPEX: CSP’s will be hard pressed to pass exponential increase in CAPEX expanding into NFV unless there are clear, exponential savings to be accomplished within a clear timeframe. One clear benefit of NFV is automating the service orchestration layer, this adds investment risks on the legacy OSS vs NGOSS, building in a DevOps process model and e2e service orchestration that all need to be considered as operating network services at scale will be a challenge otherwise.
  3. They drive to decrease OPEX: A major factor for any CSP willing to move to NFV is how this capability will enable them to truly optimize their service cost metrics by a significant percentage, towards 50% of current ops costs per service. Being able to define, design, activate, fulfill and assure services through a dynamic and automated platform using VNF’s, the result will manifest itself in the savings in OPEX.
  4. They explore paths to expand their top line. Automating the infrastructure operations at a very granular level unlocks the ability for CSP to add value for application delivery of OTT services. Using proxy models for services, they are creating increasing value to current customers as well as expanding into new customers and markets.

Juniper with IBM and Comptel bring compelling solution reference architecture to address these challenges.   Embedding Juniper network and security DNA into the new ecosystem and driving standardization is a key focus. The result of this approach, Juniper makes NFV components easy to integrate, manage and operate in a highly complex and transformational ecosystem, ensuring sustainable investment protection at predictable operational cost.

 

Visit the IBM (location: Level Agora 2 booth F&G) at TM Forum Live! to talk with experts on how you can leverage this architecture to begin the digital transformation today.