Why is automated provisioning so important?
Automated provisioning is critical to reap the benefits of technologies like NFV, SDN and containerization. It’s required to deliver innovative services to customers while responding to the surrounding dynamics in real time.
What is automated provisioning?
Automated provisioning means having the ability to deploy information technology or telecommunications services using predeﬁned automated procedures without requiring human interventions. It’s essentially a design principle which facilitates the implementation of end-to-end automation using specifications, policies and analytics.
Why automated provisioning is important
Automated provisioning significantly increases the efficiency, OPEX savings and the reliability of existing operations that use enablers like Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Software Defined Networking (SDN), containerization, and model-driven frameworks, for example.
Today, service providers are transitioning their operations from providing traditional services to offering a hybrid of innovative physical and virtual services. These services are not only delivered to customers on demand but must be able to respond to the surrounding changes in the network real time. To accomplish this, operators are shifting their focus from the implementation OSS ‘stacks’ made of vertical fulfillment or assurance silos with a heavy reliance on system integration services, to a simplified pre-integrated horizontal architecture that can be readily configured to support specific service offerings, including those that leverage Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), for example, SD-WAN, enterprise and mobile VPNs, and 5G network slicing. The simplicity required to deploy, configure and manage services in future network and infrastructure operations is driving the need to rethink traditional operations support systems (OSS). To unleash the potential of 5G, NFV and SDN, future OSS need to be open, intelligent and able to support model-driven automation as an enabler for automated provisioning.
Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration
Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration answers this call through a flexible and modular service orchestration solution that fully automates the multiple layers of complex processes for service creation, configuration, delivery and assurance. It provides building blocks, such as Service/Resource Orchestration, Dynamic Activation and a Service Assurance as key enablers for automated provisioning.
- Service/Resource Orchestration: This enables automated provisioning by providing rapid validation of Virtual/Container Network Functions, onboarding of new services/slices, resource management, design and configuration. Orchestration is a key enabler of the introduction of network services and slices (spanning Cloud, RAN and Transport) and is available faster to end users by reducing offerings from days to minutes.
- Dynamic Activation: This enables automated provisioning through a next-generation solution for resource activation and resource configuration. It comes with model-driven configuration technology, which is the cornerstone to replacing programing with configuration. Ericsson Dynamic Activation is a next-generation flow-through provisioning platform for the rapid, automated activation of telecommunications and enterprise services in a heterogeneous network environment. It provides zero-touch automation for both customer service activation and resource provisioning. Dynamic Activation is the foundation of Ericsson’s provisioning solutions.
- Service Assurance: Dynamic Orchestration encompasses the creation of services – driven by Service Orchestrator components – and the ongoing assurance of those services. The primary goal of Service Assurance is to provide a framework for closed-loop automation, where near real-time data from the network is analyzed and decisions are automatically made to initiate adjustments to network components to resolve potential service issues and facilitate automated provisioning.
With the increased pressure to deliver services faster and more flexibly at the lowest cost possible, it is critical to use the benefits of automated provisioning to maximize service agility and operational efficiency.
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