Telco Systems, together with Cisco, Intel, Netrounds, and Orange have joined up to demonstrate an innovative proof-of-concept (PoC) that unites the three key aspects related to provisioning and maintaining a customer network service via virtualization: configuration of network devices according to the service intent, activation tests and ongoing service-level assurance.
The proof-of-concept is being carried out within the ETSI NFV Industry Standardization Group. The key enabler to make this possible is network-programmability combined with active, software-based virtual probes capable of assuring the end-user experience.
“We are honored to be working with Cisco, Intel and the other market leaders on this proof-of-concept, the results of which could cause a sea-change in our industry,” stated Ariel Efrati, CEO of Telco Systems. “Positive results from this PoC will lead to the next economy of scale enabling service providers to meet their bandwidth and service challenges with virtualization. At the same time, they will be able to efficiently manage the hybrid carrier Ethernet/virtualized network with emerging industry-standard tools. We are on the verge of a very exciting moment in telecoms network history.”
On top of configuration, activation and assurance, the PoC aims to show orchestration of network services through Cisco’s Network Service Orchestrator (NSO) by using tight service-model coupling based on YANG.
As Stefan Vallin from Cisco stated in his blog, the PoC also aims to show that service KPIs can be bound to the orchestrated service and monitored by active virtual probes, so-called vProbes. In the PoC, these vProbes are provided by Netrounds and are launched on network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure, both in the datacenter environment as well as on the demarcation locations at distributed NFV locations.
For the PoC, Telco Systems has provided a CloudMetro 100 node to serve as a distributed NFVI-PoP. CloudMetro 100 combines the technology of the carrier Ethernet switch with NFV and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies. CloudMetro 100, as well as third-party virtualized service applications like firewalls and routing, provides solutions that help network operators manage and resolve bandwidth challenges.
“The way forward in service-provider networks is to deliver services where and when you need them without over-provisioning. This requires virtualization,” declared Gal Ofel, Head of Software Solution Product Line Management at Telco Systems. “At the same time, service providers need to maintain their significant investment in current hardware and methodologies. Breaking new ground that enables virtualized service orchestration, Telco Systems’ CloudMetro 100 not only supports distributed NFV, but simultaneously supports Carrier Ethernet 2.0, enabling a smooth, evolutionary path from hardware-based to virtualized networks, protecting investment while service providers make this bold next step.”