While at MWC15, CENX Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, Nan Chen, talked with Tony Poulos from TelcoProfessionals about what LSO is, and why it is useful for NFV users and operators. Here’s what they had to say…
Tony: I’m here today with Nan Chen, who is the Executive Vice Chairman of CENX. Nan, great to catch up; I’ve got to start by asking an inevitable question. There’s a buzzword: LSO, what does it stand for and what does it mean? Please tell me.
Nan: That’s a great question; LSO stands for Lifecycle Service Orchestration, which is a layer above the SDN and NFV. It provides full lifecycle service delivery as well as fulfilment, ongoing management and capacity planning. Basically, the entire service from the cradle to the grave.
Tony: Now, you talk about SDN and NFV, aren’t they also just buzzwords at the moment or are you actually starting to see some traction there?
Nan: We definitely see NFV as a way of moving forward. A lot of service providers are starting to deploy NFV and are doing some trials with SDN, but LSO is actually enabling technology to deliver the agility and cost savings that people are looking for.
Tony: Are you saying that it will allow them to deliver services and assure services more quickly or more rapidly?
Nan: It does multiple things beyond assurance. It also takes care of the ongoing management, capacity planning, automations, fulfilment, provisioning, testing, and reconciliation. As I said earlier, the end-to-end service lifecycle.
Tony: So how does your LSO help the transition to something like NFV?
Nan: That’s a great question, because it’s what we specialize in. What’s really needed is a service orchestration layer above the existing infrastructure to provide the end-to-end connectivity. This allows service providers to migrate to the new SDN NFV based infrastructure at their own pace. Our service orchestrator facilitates this migration for mobile operators, data centre operators, and wireline operators.
Tony: Is it restricted to an all IP network or are you able to work in hybrid networks through the transition from say circuit switch onwards?
Nan: We’re able to do both the existing infrastructure and the new infrastructure networks while transitioning services from the old to the new. Many of the new services are a mix of Ethernet and IP, which is making the transition from circuit to packet much smoother and easier.
Tony: So operators now have some comfort in that transformation project. They’re not going to lose that service quality or assurance or the continuation of services with their customers, presumably.
Nan: That’s absolutely right. One of the challenges with packet based networks is assurance. Unlike a circuit, that always has the same bandwidth, a packet has a bursting nature. This is exactly why it’s so popular and why it’s really applicable to today’s data traffic. Our service orchestrator helps to assure service delivery with packet networks by monitoring delay, connectivity, packet laws, and availability, to assure all the applications are running to the user expectations.
Tony: Well I can understand that the biggest fear of most operators, particularly mobile operators, is the fear that during a process of transformation they will lose service and that orchestration all the way through to make sure that the customer gets the service properly and happily, so I think you’re in the right place at the right time.
Nan: You’re absolutely right!
Tony: I wish you all the best, thanks very much, Nan.
Nan: Thank you so much, I appreciate it.
The video interview can be viewed here.
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