Now that TM Forum Live! is in the rear-view mirror, we’d like to share our top 3 takeaways from this year’s show! Here are some of the hot topics that show attendees were eager to discuss throughout the week:
- Service Assurance
As service providers push toward greater levels of service agility, change in the topology and configuration of network becomes constant. The definition of Service Assurance is changing in order to accommodate this more dynamic infrastructure.
It’s important to stay laser focused on your network to proactively intercept any potential issues well before they reveal themselves. Real-time monitoring and policy management can be used to trigger closed-loop automation flows that can rectify a problem before it has a negative impact on service quality.
- VNF – Onboarding is the Major Stumbling Point
The world as we know it is becoming increasingly virtual. Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) offer the promise of configurable networking capabilities that can run on generic, affordable hardware. While the appetite for VNF rollout is very apparent, one of the biggest challenges is the transition. Service providers will need to manage a hybrid environment for some period of time and will need tools that can manage services seamlessly across physical and virtual environments. Choosing an eco-system of partners that can work together to enable this transition is key to success.
- AI – Machine Learning in the Virtual World
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has long been a subject of Sci-Fi stories, but with each passing year it has gained momentum in real-world applications. All of the major players such as IGM, Google, Microsoft etc., are building AI solutions that can be applied to a broad range of use cases. For SDN/NFV, service providers are starting to look at machine learning as a mechanism for eliminating humans from the decision making process when complex problems occur in converged mobile, cloud, and IP networks.
Closed-loop automation is not only the vision for the service provider; it also forms part of the vision at CENX. We gather all of the data from the network and the Telco cloud and use analytics to identify problems and trigger corrective actions. As a result, operators are able to react rapidly to problems, anticipate potential issues, manage performance, and identify new opportunities.