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Orchestration and Automation for Telecom Networks

The orchestration concept is widely seen in the industry as the pillar for intelligent automation, arrangement, and coordination of complex networking elements, services, and resources. The continuing evolution of telco networks has led to heterogeneous environments where the “old” technology must coexist with the “new”. Orchestration solutions in the market have advanced considerably from legacy management systems, however, the latter still plays a key role in the telco’s network service provisioning. A cohesive software suite for orchestration and network automation should eventually harmonize legacy mechanisms with emerging cloud-native architectures; for example, Amdocs is one among many other vendors in the market strongly positioned to address this space.

In this report, ABI Research provides detailed insight into different orchestration layers in the telco ecosystem and it discusses the control elements and associated enabling technologies in the context of a diverse telco infrastructure with disparate siloed applications.  Other topics discussed in this report include pertinent open source activities in the market, commercial applications of orchestration products and how they are expected to be re-designed to fit the rapidly changing telco landscape. The report also includes profiles of vendors such as Ciena, Cisco, and NEC/Netcracker, a few among many market players intent to help telcos navigate their transition to cloud-native computing.

 

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 2. RECOMMENDATIONS
  • 3. DEFINING ORCHESTRATION
    • 3.1. Network, Resource, and Service Orchestration
    • 3.2. Software-Heavy Network Elements and Cloud-Native Architectures Change the Nature of Orchestration
  • 4. TELCO CLOUD ORCHESTRATION AND AUTOMATION
    • 4.1. Control Elements
    • 4.2. Underpinning Technologies
    • 4.3. Service Lifecycle Management
    • 4.4. Cloud-Native Computing
  • 5. INDUSTRY SUPPORT AND STANDARDIZATION
    • 5.1. Open-Source Orchestration Solutions
    • 5.2. Standards Activities
  • 6. COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS OF ORCHESTRATION AND AUTOMATION CASE STUDIES
    • 6.1. Case Study 1: Telefónica—Unica and OSM's Embedded Service Orchestration
    • 6.2. Case Study 2: AT&T Plots a Blockbuster Telco Network Future
  • 7. NEXT STEPS: THE RISE OF THE APPLICATION NETWORK
  • 8. ORCHESTRATION SOLUTIONS AND VENDOR PROFILES
    • 8.1. Orchestration and Automation Solutions Available in the Market
    • 8.2. Vendor Profiles
  • 9. ACRONYMS