Re-inventing Network Inventory for the Virtual Age


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The report begins with a look at the effect of virtualization on operations support systems (OSS); then, drills down into network inventory, where we analyze how physical, logical and virtual views of the network and its services must come together to support emerging architectures.We note the extraordinary level of OSS transformations currently underway—some with the impetus of virtualization, and some without. Back office systems need to automate and become more agile, regardless of the type of network they support. Because virtualization for the network infrastructure is driven by the CSP and supplier members within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s (ETSI) Industry Specification Group

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
2. Introduction
3. Network Transformation’s Perennial Question
What about the OSS?
The MANO Point of View
A Model for Network Inventory
Inventory as the Anti-Warehouse
To Overlay or Not to Overlay
4. OSS Suppliers and the Virtual – Physical Network Inventory Conundrum
Amdocs Navigates the Future
Cerillion fills GE Gaps in Wireless
Cerillion CNI Product Capabilities
Comarch Virtualizing OSS in Tandem with NFV/SDN
Smallworld Partnering to Extend Outside Plant Inventory
5. Ericsson Brings Just-in-Time Concepts to Inventory
The four primary components of the Ericsson Adaptive Inventory platform:
Unified Inventory Engine
Network Designer
Extension Kit (SDK)
Provisioning Dashboard
6. NetCracker Rides J2EE from Physical to Virtual
7. Nokia Goes All In on Telco Cloud
8. Oracle Breaks with Tradition—Its Own
Oracle Unified Inventory Deployed as Part of Rapid Service Design & Offer Delivery
Rapid Service Design and Order Delivery (RSDOD)
Network Resource Management (NRM)
Network Service Orchestration (NSO)
9. The Last Word

List of Figures & Charts

1. Evolution of OSS and BSS to a More Far-Reaching Business Environment
2. ETSI NFV MANO Architecture Model
3. Amdocs Network Navigator Taps into Multiple Data Sources
4. Cerillion Network Inventory Bolted to GE Smallworld
5. Cerillion CNI Product Capabilities
6. Comarch Placing Apps Closer to the Customer with NFV/SDN
7. Smallworld Network Inventory and APIs to External Apps
8. Ericsson Adaptive Inventory as Part of the Fulfillment Process
9. Adaptive Inventory Components Share Network Knowledge
10. NetCracker 10 OSS BSS Integrated Solution Framework
11. Nokia’s Telco Cloud Architecture
12. Oracle Unified Inventory Deployed as Part of Rapid Service Design & Offer Delivery
13. Process Changes for Adding Virtual Network Functions

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