Automate Next-Gen 5G Networks with Itential
Rapidly operationalize automation to deploy and manage 5G networks.
5G is a Complex Journey & Requires Automation to Be Successful
5G promises higher bandwidth and advanced, low-latency network capabilities that enable a wide range of advanced business and consumer applications. 5G has become a catalyst for virtualization and automation, as Communications Service Providers (CSPs) and enterprises push to deploy more sophisticated network functionality across the network, with an increased focus on the network edge. The shift from a relatively centralized mobile core network to a far more distributed core provides new opportunities to mobile network operators, but it adds a significant amount of complexity at multiple layers. First, the shift from physical network functions to virtualized/containerized functions adds a new layer of Network Functions Virtualization infrastructure (NVFi). Next, the disaggregation of network functions such as the introduction of the 5G UPF/SMF, and the split of the 5G radio functions into CU/DU/RU, drives up the number of functions on the network significantly. All of these changes require a higher level of activity and sophistication at the network layer to ensure the 5G network is functioning optimally.
To get the full benefits of 5G, mobile service providers will need to move to a distributed edge cloud that employs virtualization and automation technology to support 5G-based applications and services. This so-called “edge compute” or MEC strategy varies among the leading mobile operators and vendors, but one thing is certain: Cloud virtualization technologies will be adopted to support the scale of infrastructure that is needed.
As we move to the new world of the automated edge, the only way to roll out 5G services in a cost-effective way is through automation. Operators will have to make major strides in changing legacy workflows and processes. In many cases today, management of networks and connections are still managed by using manual spreadsheets. But the scale and magnitude of the 5G deployment will render this impossible.
- Automation enables enhanced performance, scalability and agility.
- Automation helps organizations reduce the lifecycle management required today to support physical network elements.
- Automation enables closed-loop capabilities to easily transition from today’s network to tomorrow’s future state.
Automate Next-Gen 5G Networks with Itential
In order to address complex networks, automation is required. Because networking teams do not have a thorough automation strategy in place as they transition to the 5G world, supporting such a network will become untenable. 5G networks will require automation that can support multi-domain and multi-vendor technologies as services such as Network Slicing will traverse across multiple network segments such as radio, access, core and edge which may contain a mix of virtual and physical network functions in addition to programmable and non-programmable technologies.
Itential is purpose-built for today’s complex, multi-domain and multi-vendor networks. From cloud-based networks to branch and data center networks and from NFV to distributed WANs – Itential’s network automation platform is powerful enough to manage the most difficult, large enterprise and service provider class network automation projects.
- Simplify the transition from 4G to 5G network rollout.
- Instantiate and turn up MEC sites with 5G elements and automate the management of Day 0 – Day 2 operations.
- Automate deployment of IP backhaul elements including cell site routers and aggregation routers.
- Provision services across physical and virtual zones within a network.
- Orchestrate the service lifecycle and configuration lifecycle of network services.
- Integrate with any underlying technology and southbound systems to drive end-to-end multi-domain and multi-vendor network automation.
- Rapidly operationalize automation for the deployment and management of 5G.
DEMO: Network Slicing for Interconnection of 5G Core & Edge
Itential Provides Rapid End-to-End Network Automation for 5G Use Cases
Itential provides a number of Pre-Built Automations that customers can leverage to rapidly adopt automation for specific use cases.
Mobile Edge Compute (MEC)
Itential enables network operators to scale their deployment capabilities to meet on-demand requirements of low-latency MEC applications such as business analytics and AI. Though automated and orchestration and deployment of new MEC sites, Itential’s Automation Platform enables networking teams to move away from manual configuration and orchestration of infrastructure components.
Itential enables CSPs to centralize and modernize the planning, design, engineering, and deployment processes of the IP backhaul network. By eliminating manual methods of management via spreadsheets, Itential’s Automation Platform enables network operators to automate the configuration, testing and integration of cell site and aggregation routers into the network. Once deployed, the Itential Automation Platform can provide automated configuration compliance and lifecycle management functions, including upgrades and migration.
Itential enables network operators to define, deploy and manage a network slice through automation. Itential’s network automation platform can provision a network segment or “slice” across a 5G network.
Itential Benefits for 5G Deployments & Management
Itential Automation Platform can adapt to new underlying technologies, mitigating the need to rip and replace or start from scratch, ensuring a future proof investment.
Itential is vendor agnostic, providing automation across any technology or domain. Easily plug and play with vendor or tool of choice.
Integration & Federation
Seamless Integration, federation capabilities for automation across any IT or networking technology.
Built-In Network Intelligence
Itential’s built-in model driven network intelligence mitigates the need for change driven code development.
Easily integrate the emerging 5G platform with broader set of technology ecosystems.
Simplify the Complexity
Itential is the only solution able to automate the complexity of multi-domain 5G networks.