Oracle Communications Network Service Orchestration Solution Helps Communications Service Providers Accelerate and Optimize Service Deployments in Virtualized Network Environments
New solution supports service providers in their evolution toward network function virtualization with flexible hybrid network management and elastic scalability
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Feb. 10, 2015
Oracle today introduced the new Oracle Communications Network Service Orchestration Solution, which is designed to enable communications service providers (CSPs) to more quickly create new network services to respond to market demand. The solution can also help CSPs reduce service development and management costs as they introduce virtualized network capabilities—the beginning of a transformation to network function virtualization (NFV) that will simplify their networks and minimize dependence on expensive, inflexible proprietary hardware.
The solution is part of the Oracle Communications intelligent orchestration framework, a holistic approach that guides CSPs as they adopt NFV technology and helps them to maximize its benefits. Specifically, the framework gathers and analyzes network performance information, evaluates the network’s operation against predefined policies and business rules, and can trigger the appropriate action to automatically modify the behavior of services, network functions, and virtualized infrastructure.
“While network virtualization promises to streamline operations in the long run, the short-term effect actually may be an increase in complexity when configuring and managing hybrid networks. This will require sophisticated orchestration of network services, network functions, and underlying infrastructure enriched by analytics and triggered by policy rules. Such a holistic approach to orchestration, like the one outlined by Oracle, is critical for CSPs to deliver the anticipated business benefits from their NFV investments,” said Dimitris Mavrakis, principal analyst, Ovum.
Oracle Communications Network Service Orchestration Solution gives CSPs the ability to rapidly deploy and scale network services on demand across multiple virtual network functions (VNFs) in complex virtualized and hybrid network environments. CSPs can use this solution to:
Quickly respond to changes in service or market demand
Compose and on-board new network service templates and associated business rules using a flexible, graphical design environment, and then validate that these network services are operational and manage how they are scaled
Choose and control the selection of solution components in multivendor environments. The solution leverages open standards including RESTful (web service) application programming interfaces (APIs) for integration with other management and orchestration components, such as the previously released Oracle Communications Application Orchestrator or third-party VNF managers and virtualized infrastructure managers
Seamlessly introduce virtual network infrastructure and then manage this infrastructure and network service fulfillment when deployed as an extension of Oracle Communications’ leading operations support systems (OSS) portfolio
“CSPs are taking the first steps toward network virtualization—something they know they must do to compete for the long-term. This is a journey, not just a moment in time, which is why we have outlined an end-to-end intelligent orchestration framework. Our approach will provide CSPs with the business and service agility required to make progress toward full NFV. With our new Oracle Communications Network Service Orchestration solution, we are continuing to deliver on our vision for NFV,” said Barry Hill, global head of NFV, Oracle Communications.
“NFV is complex, and CSPs have made it clear that to be successful, they need comprehensive orchestration. The new Oracle Communications Network Service Orchestration solution is a direct response to this need. It allows for dynamic network operation, enabling the transformation of the business—not just the network. With these developments and an expanding portfolio of virtualized network functions, endorsement of Open Stack, leading OSS solutions, and strong IT heritage, Oracle Communications is enabling service providers to fully embrace the NFV opportunity,” said Liam Maxwell, vice president of products, Oracle Communications.
Oracle Communications Network Service Orchestration Solution fulfills and extends the role of the NFV Orchestrator as defined by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV Industry Standards Group, the primary standards body guiding NFV development. Because it has a semantic understanding of each network service, the Oracle Communications solution can calculate and apply configuration changes, including updates to the network topology or service context data—critical for orchestrating network services through their full lifecycle.
Oracle will showcase this solution as part of the “Intelligent NFV Management and Orchestration Solution” demonstration in Hall 3, Stand 3B20 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, March 2 – 5, 2015.