The Automation Journey – Step 1: Scale Virtualization
In my last blog post, I covered the automation journey towards 5G , where I outlined the three crucial steps operators must take to prepare their network for the future. For this blog post, I touch upon the benefits that automating the testing and life cycle management of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) bring to a virtualized network.
Many operators have indeed already started this journey. But for those that haven’t, we’re now going to delve into the first of these steps: virtualization. If you haven’t implemented virtualization in your network yet, the time really is now.
- Step 1 - Virtualization
- Step 2 - Hybrid networks
- Step 3 - Network slicing
The first step of the journey
The first step is often driven by the challenges of higher total cost of ownership (TCO) and long lead times for testing and deploying a service. To tackle these hurdles, operators are deciding to move towards virtualization, which means migrating from Physical Network Functions (PNFs) to Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). This migration starts with core applications, like vIMS or vEPC, and moves towards the edge with radio applications, like vRAN.
The benefits of driving automation in virtualization
By automating the testing and life cycle management of virtual network functions, we are able to increase agility by launching applications faster in a virtualized environment, and to simplify operations also by launching applications faster.
A tier 1 operator in Asia reached 10% capex reduction and 30% opex reduction. If you have already implemented virtualization, you now have a hybrid network (that will be discussed in our next blog post.)
Why Ericsson is the best partner for automation & orchestration
Dynamic Orchestration is the Ericsson solution that drives automation in virtualized environments. Ericsson today has more than 50 contracts and more than 15 systems in live operation.
But wait, there is more! Watch the video "The automation journey - Virtualization at scale" featuring Andreas Havdrup, Head of Delivery in Solution Area OSS, to learn more about the first step of the journey.
Read more about accelerating your automation journey with Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration
Read the first blog post of this series, 5G orchestration: The automation journey
Read Henrick Bäckström’s blog post about Automated NFV operations – two key use cases