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Modeling: Where We Are And Where We Need To Go

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We at Itential tout modeling all the time. We use it in our integrations with the Cisco Network Service Orchestrator (NSO) when working with its YANG models and Device Templates. We often tout it as the answer to the limited scalability offered by a scripting approach to automation, but we rarely talk a lot about the reality of where we are now in the industry when it comes to modeling. A recent blog I read talks about this in a thought provoking way that deserves some consideration. Everybody seems to…

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Ops Automation: A New Year, Same Old Challenges…With New Answers

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As we move into a new year some things have become very clear. Some of these are things we have known for a while, some are revelations from working with clients, and some are things we SHOULD have known all along. There are many efforts going on within service providers and enterprises alike at the moment. There is the work to maintain legacy operations and service offerings under the weight of declining, or at best stable, revenue with a constant, and sometimes increasing, cost of maintenance. There is the effort…

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Where The Magic Happens: What You Need…

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It is common for a vendor to espouse all of the virtues of their software, regardless of whether it is something you actually need right now or not. I am positive we have been guilty of that at Itential as well…we all are sometimes. I wanted to focus a little bit on not what Pronghorn CAN do, but on the things that you NEED to be able to do and how Pronghorn fits into that picture, along with other systems you may already have from other vendors. Every customer we…

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Quantum NFV: The Future Is Closer Than You May Think

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I am constantly thinking about just how network functions are going to become virtualized effectively enough to impact carrier transport networks, where you see the need for very large bandwidth circuits. The current state of virtualized network functions (VNF) is such that you wouldn’t even consider going down this path due to the limitations that exist today. The coming containerization of VNFs is not going to fix this issue either. What might fix it? Well, believe it or not, quantum computing. Before we decide I have gone off the deep…

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The Secret Sauce of NFV? Operations, With A Side Of Automation…

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This is probably not what a lot of the technology vendors want you to know. They want you to keep thinking that the secret is that new controller they offer, or maybe containerization of their cool new VNF. All of those things, and more, do indeed matter, but they are not what is going to make or break your NFV implementation. An article the other day by Scott Raynovich on SDx Central points this out, and does a pretty good job of backing up the core message we at Itential have been trying to preach…

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OSS/BSS: The Sticking Point for Success in SDN/NFV

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In a recent article on SDxCentral.com they talked about OSS/BSS being the main challenge to successfully implementing NFV and SDN solutions in your network. This is so true, and one of the primary drivers of what we at Itential are trying to achieve with our Pronghorn Application Platform. Traditional OSS is built around the idea of a very static network, with very static services, built on top of legacy equipment that happily hums along within that paradigm. SDN and NFV introduce a level of dynamic flexibility that I truly believe it…

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Is Culture > Technology?

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One of the interesting points presented in the keynotes, and a theme through many other sessions, at the OpenStack Summit a few weeks ago in Austin was the idea that culture trumps technology many times when it comes to seeing real improvement and innovation. This is true in any domain, but can be especially true in the areas we operate in day to day. There is this laser focus on the technology, the next release, the next hot feature, the next open source project you can add to your lab, etc. We…

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Orchestration, Orchestration Everywhere…What Are We To Do?

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One of the most overused phrases in the industry is orchestration. This is the case now, it was the case in the past, and it probably will continue to be in the future. It seems to be everyone’s answer to everything. Every vendor that has an “orchestrator” will promise you they can do anything you want, and this is true if you give them enough time and pay them enough money. You can “orchestrate” anything. So what is orchestration and why should you care about it. An orchestrator automates and “arranges”, to…

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The Dynamic Service Catalog

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As we work with customers we notice many things about this new landscape that is being introduced. Some of these things are very network-centric, most are very operations-centric, and some of the most interesting are OSS-centric…especially in the area of Service Catalogs and Service Inventories. The changes being injected into the network are causing a bottoms-up wave of impacts that move through the management domains, sometimes causing chaos and other times providing a refreshing level of clarity to how things should have been done all along. Traditional OSS has focused on…

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The “Non-Order” Order

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Customers spend most of their day with network access through computers, smart phones, tablets, and, in the not so distant future, even the devices around them in the home…like light bulbs, refrigerators, and the like. With everything being self-serve these days it’s beginning to be expected that service providers get with the times and offer the “Non-Order” Order. So, just what is a “Non-Order” Order? It’s the instant fulfillment of what the customer wants, which means much more than that buzz-phrase that has been so popular in the past, Zero…

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