The automation journey: step 2 – data center transformation
If you’ve already read my previous blog post, The Automation Journey -- Step 1: Scale Virtualization, it’s now time to delve into step 2: data center transformation. For this blog post, I explore the benefits that closed loop assurance brings to hybrid networks.
Many operators have indeed already started this journey. The journey consists of three steps.
- Step 1: Scale virtualization
- Step 2: Data center transformation
- Step 3: Network slicing
The second step of the journey
In this second step, the network becomes a mix of physical network functions (PNFs) and virtual network functions (VNFs), containing both the legacy hardware and the new virtualized infrastructure. This new duality brings new challenges too, of course. Managing a heightened complexity and dealing with the increase in operational costs in order to manage this hybrid environment are two such examples. To have a single orchestrator that can handle physical and virtual network functions as well as container-based applications is critical for simplifying operations.
The benefits of driving automation in data center transformation
By implementing closed loop automation, service providers can provide a wide variety of new services addressing the complexity of a hybrid environment. Closed loop automation, for example, provides assurance about the infrastructure, applications, and services across core, radio, and transport. As a result, efficiency increases significantly and additional savings can be achieved in the network. With this comes benefits to enterprises, such as new services being deployed in hours instead of weeks and the ability to make those services quickly available in self-service portals for ordering. A better user experience can also be achieved by implementing analytics-driven closed loops.
As an example of the impact of introducing service automation, a tier 1 service provider in the US that went through this process ended up shortening its time to market from 21 days to one hour.
Why Ericsson is the best partner for automation and orchestration
Watch the video with Johan Hällerfors, Ericsson's head of Sales in Solution Area OSS, to learn more about the second step of the journey, covering closed loop assurance for hybrid networks.
Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration is the solution that helps drive automation in a multi-vendor and hybrid environment. Ericsson recently acquired US-based service assurance technology company CENX to provide closed loop assurance. This closed loop allows faults to be addressed at the infrastructure level and the applications level, but also at the service level. This reduces the time it takes to identify and fix a problem in the network, and it improves quality of the service. In addition, analytics can be used to verify the effects of the fault on the user experience and loop back to CENX.
If you’ve already implemented closed loop assurance, congratulations! You’re ready for the next and final step of your automation journey: network slicing.
Read about accelerating your automation journey with Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration.
Read the first blog post of this series, 5G orchestration: The automation journey.
Read Arvind Duray's blog post about Orchestrating enterprise virtual networks.