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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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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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NFV Induced Operational Complexity and the Absent VNF Supplier Support Myth

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An article on SDxCentral.com yesterday points out a few major issues facing Service Providers when it comes to NFV and the operational complexities involved. It focuses most attention on the maintenance of VNFs and how the software model will be very different than the traditional, hardware-based model Service Providers are used to. I have to take exception with comments about VNF support from vendors in the following excerpt from the article: “Often, when service providers ask incumbent suppliers for VNFs, suppliers merely produce virtualized versions of existing boxes, writes Aloke Tusnial, VP…

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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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The Current State of NFV: Introduction

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We are going to be posting a series of blogs over the next few weeks to cover where we see the NFV landscape right now, the issues we see still outstanding, an assessment of the maturity of various layers to the NFV reference architecture (considering both the ETSI NFV and AT&T ECOMP frameworks), and where we see things moving in the future. Itential has spent the last 2 years or so working with clients in a hands-on capacity trialing various tools and solutions for SDN and NFV. We have at a…

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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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Why is young talent not flocking to the SDN/NFV world?

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Many of us can agree that the networking world as we know it is changing.  The adoption of programmable networks is not a discussion of “if” it will happen but “when”.  It has been our experience that technology shifts of this magnitude occur about once a decade.  Skill-sets and technology can very quickly become obsolete as the demand for new solutions scale rapidly.   As a result, we experience a very significant resource gap that favors job applicants with relevant experience.  In the 90’s when we went through the shift…

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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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What is your Intent?

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Wouldn’t you love to be able to just tell your network to turn up a VPN for customer x between their Chicago office and their New York office that needed to be able to easily handle video traffic and it just knew what to do? Welcome to the world of Intent Based Networking! In the course of talking about this (not so) new idea we will discuss just what it is, what it is supposed to deliver, and the reality of where we are now and what needs to happen…

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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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