Imagine the last road trip you took: how did you navigate to your destination? Now, think back to a road trip you may have taken ten or twenty years ago; what tools did you use to navigate then? How do the two trips compare?
In the past travellers would evaluate multiple sources of data. This would result in inconsistent and inaccurate directions. For example a detour may result in confusion or a collision could add hours to the commute.
Today, navigation systems have connected and populated maps, presenting the traveller with a single and accurate view of their trip from its start to end. A prime example of this is Google Maps.
Travellers are clearly aware of how navigation has evolved in recent years. However, it’s not the only industry undergoing change – evolution is happening within data networks too. With advances in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies, changes to network services operations and management are increasingly essential.
Similar to travelling in the past, today’s physical network has a multitude of systems and sources of data to analyze. This leaves service providers asking questions, such as, “Which regions are performing best?” and “How can I hold my access vendors accountable?”
Solutions like Google Maps gather and process large quantities of data to provide the end-user with a comprehensive representation of real-time information, so why wouldn’t it be possible to represent real-time data across data networks?
Just as physical maps will not disappear for the foreseeable future, neither will physical network elements in service provider networks. Therefore, to maintain flexibility in service operations across both physical and virtual networks, a new approach is needed.
Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) is this next-generation operations approach. LSO supports agile definition, fulfillment and assurance of end-to-end services across a hybrid physical and virtual network infrastructure.
This image is a graphic representation of the similarities between Google Maps five-step internal process and the service assurance process used by CENX for a mobile network.
Google Maps assists travellers from the start until the end of their journey by offering actionable insight on a single screen. LSO assists operators in a similar manner, orchestrating services end-to-end and providing operators a single panel view to navigate their networks intuitively and comprehensively.
LSO hides the complexity of networks allowing for enhanced flexibility and agility, just like Google Maps helps travellers make sense of multiple sources of data in a simple, easy-to-use interface.
Lastly, both real-time mapping software and LSO market segments are experiencing massive worldwide demand. For example, Google Maps was listed as one most popular smartphone apps worldwide in 2013 while the global LSO market is expected to be $3 billion by 2019.
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