Heavy Reading: NFV is an opportunity for operators to rethink their OSS

A report issued by research firm Heavy Reading takes on the need for operations support system (OSS) to evolve to meet the needs of hybrid network functions virtualization (NFV) networks.

The report, entitled Next-Gen OSS for Hybrid Virtualized Networks, states that this is needed because “operators will be running hybrid networks for the foreseeable future, with a combination of physical infrastructure and virtualized network functions (VNFs) used to deliver services.”

James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading stated that the need to support legacy services and consolidation in the telecom industry are the two main impediments for operators using OSS.

According to the report, if operators upgrade and update OSS, it can be a flexible tool for meeting “their NFV ambitions”.  Not a small number of telecom service providers continue to maintain large legacy systems and networks and each one needs to be maintained and integrated with new systems, creating operational challenges.

OSS architectures must be readied to support NVF by defining management and orchestration architectures. Only then will operators benefit from cost savings and additional revenue that NVF offers.

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So for example, Telco Systems’ EdgeGenie Orchestrator product gives operators the tools needed to prepare for and successfully integrate OSS with NVF networks. This Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0), Software defined networking (SDN) and  NFV service management system offers a modular and complete solution for the full life cycle of network deployment, from planning to managing, monitoring and maintaining Ethernet services.

EdgeGenie Orchestrator’s modularity enables service providers to future-proof their networks as they transition from CE 2.0 to SDN and distributed NFV (D-NFV) technologies.

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