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How NG-EADs Help Network Transformation

May 13, 2019

Much has been said about network transformation and its impact on carrier services. Specifically, the need to address the mega-surge in traffic volumes, expanding enterprise networks and hyperscale DC evolution. This is true for enterprise services as well for initial 5G rollouts and the enhanced interconnectedness brought on by IoT.

In a recent RAD webinar, we’ve explored the shift towards automation in carrier services and networks.  One such notable undertaking – the MEF 3.0 framework – aims to bring Carrier Ethernet services into the fold together with NFV, SD-WAN, and other recent developments. The key “ingredient” in MEF 3.0 is the introduction of open APIs to enable lifecycle service orchestration (LSO) across multiple providers and technology domains. The end result? Dynamic services deployed anywhere and anytime, or, in the MEF’s own words:

“On-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.”

A new breed of services requires evolved EADs. Nowadays, the cost of high-rate optics has dropped to a level that allows deployment of higher capacity Ethernet Access Devices fitted with 100G interfaces, rather than using multiple, n x 10G ports, to accommodate the rise in required bandwidth. Beyond that, the introduction of automation demands NETCONF support, with specific implementation of MEF-defined YANG models for Carrier Ethernet services and integration with next-generation orchestrators and controllers. Additional NG-EAD must-haves include:

  • Zero-touch operation allowing CSPs to automate provisioning and maintenance and, ultimately, reduce truck rolls and OpEx
  • Complete service lifecycle management capabilities, from deployment to onboarding, provisioning, assurance, and modification, including service continuity
  • NFV-ready platform, enabling a seamless introduction of vCPE capabilities, such as routing, SD-WAN, firewall, and more, when needed and without forklifting the entire network

As we’ve demonstrated in the webinar, such capabilities are required in all forms of carrier services today – business, mobile xHaul and wholesale. We’ve also shared some insights from recent deployments, illustrating how service agility and greater assurance help CSPs cope with a fiercely competitive market.

If you haven’t caught it yet, the webinar is now available for on-demand viewing. We’ve also made the slide deck available for download

And, of course, check out RAD’s very own NG-EAD here.


 

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