With the added functionality to Ericsson Cloud Manager, the product has been renamed to Ericsson Orchestrator. The Ericsson Orchestrator product enables automation of your hybrid infrastructure including PNFs and VNFs. It supports Resource Orchestration, VNF Life Cycle Management and End-to-end Service Orchestration for both Telco and Enterprise environments.
In the context of ETSI NFV-MANO, Ericsson orchestrator plays the role of NFV Orchestration (NFVO), Generic VNF management (G-VNFM) and Service Orchestration (SO).
The product consists of two modules that can be independently offered:
- Cloud Manager module: Performing NFVO, G-VNFM and Service Configuration Management (SCM). Enables orchestration of resources across different VIMs (OpenStack or VMware) and both intra and inter-Data Center. Automates the instantiation of a Network Service described in TOSCA/JSON formats. Performs Fault & Performance management for the infrastructure by collecting and correlating alarms from the hardware and VIM. Interfaces with multi-vendor EMS/VNFM through the Or-vnfm interface. The G-VNFM function provides Life Cycle Management (LCM) of VNFs that do not have a specific VNFM.
- Service Orchestration module: For new use cases around 5G, IoT and Network Slicing. Provides network slice management including LCM and configuration by using TOSCA as the template language. Real time inventory check is done to generate a Service instance design which is then deployed across the resources. Enables cross-domain orchestration across Access, Transport, and Core by interfacing with different domain managers and transport SDN controllers.
Ericsson Orchestrator enables you to realize revenues from new services as well as cost savings from more efficient operations. Consider Ericsson Orchestrator if you want to improve:
Automation: Reducing manual processes through Network and Service Orchestration. Automating the Service Life Cycle (Instantiation, termination, Scale-in, Scale-out, Upgrade). Policy-based workload placement for better performance and cost optimization. Automating Network Slice Orchestration for different SLA needs.
Usability: Multi-level tenancy with advanced tenant and quota management. Secured access and Federated IDAM. Dashboards for both Provider and Tenants.
Reliability: Providing Infrastructure Assurance and Performance management. High availability and Geo-Redundancy of the software.
Agility: Launch services quicker with automated service instantiation and configuration. SDKs and APIs enable quick multi-vendor integrations. Custom workflow framework provided for building specific automation flows. The product can be easily integrated into existing service provider OSS.
In the era of 5G and IoT, the efficiency and scalability of IT networks have made software-defined networks, network function virtualization and cloud technologies no longer optional for operators. As network types, service types, system stacks and infrastructure layers converge, serving the customer on demand by dynamically orchestrating all available resources must be paramount. To realize the promise of virtualization, operators must think in terms of seamless, real-time management and orchestration. This will provide the agility needed to deliver services in a new era of speed and governance on a global scale. Ericsson Orchestrator is one of the core components of the Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration solution. Dynamic Orchestration integrates Ericsson Orchestrator with other components such as Assurance to realize “out the box” use cases. Ericsson Orchestrator is also an integral part of the Ericsson NFVi solution – a pre-integrated telco grade NFV infrastructure solution.