Network management technologies are rapidly changing. Software solutions in common use today are being replaced by architecture solutions which prove to be more flexible and economical. These new technologies will change how network management applications look, how operators monitor and manage as well as how software and hardware interact.
Here are the top network management influencers and what you can expect:
CLOUD Most network management software providers are working towards making their computing environments distributed and easily accessed. The infrastructure management relies on the fast-growing capacity of cloud providers and cloud services and most application vendors are already testing this approach by moving their most user interactive applications to the cloud. Moving enterprise-level applications will require cloud providers to improve security, performance and accessibility, but those solutions will come. It is not a far off day when a NOC administrator can resolve a ticket remotely while reviewing 24-hour performance report.
MTOSI Northbound interfaces for network management software are not standardized and this results in chaos and confusion in the OSS/BSS operations. Most service providers are using custom scripts and commands to provision services, generate reports and manage role-based access to devices and other management operations. The TM Forum addressed this issue by defining a set of standards that can be used to facilitate application-to-application interworking , reducing time to deployment and lowering the cost of system ownership. The resulting Multi-Technology Operations System Interface (MTOSI) allows service providers to seamlessly integrate multi-technology EMS systems, providing a common API to access them from their NMS systems. Network management software companies are implementing and re-architecting solutions to support interfaces compliant to these standards to help service providers consolidate management operations.
SDN Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an exciting development for service providers and network operators. This approach to networking moves hardware control to a software application (controller). SDN allows network operators to quickly and easily make changes to switching rules and priorities from a centralized control console, without having to manage individual hardware switches. As important, SDN allows network engineers to manage switching operations across multiple hardware and application-specific integrated circuits. Finally, SDN makes could computing possible because operators can manage across multiple systems easily and efficiently and allow the use of less expensive, commodity switches. Our product NOCVue is re-architected to conform to this cutting edge technology, you can find more information at http://www.velankani.com/
NFV Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), first presented at the OpenFlow World Congress in 2012, will virtualize network functions previously carried out by proprietary, dedicated hardware. NFV will allow the functions currently handled by routers, firewalls and load balancers to be managed virtually. Used together, SDN and NFV move important core network functions from proprietary hardware to software, allowing service providers and operators to enable new services more quickly, reducing CapEx, Opex as well as training and personnel cost.
These disruptive technologies will greatly benefit service providers, giving them a flexible architectural fabric that can be molded in multiple ways and improving ROI by saving investment dollars and operator time. For equipment manufacturers, incorporating these technologies into the products delivered to service providers will improve their competitive position in the marketplace. The payoff will be substantial to the companies that move quickly. At Velankani Communications Technologies, we are working on these new technologies, helping our clients to get ready take advantage of the changes to come.
For more information on VCTI and the NOCVue products, contact Rekha Poosala (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.velankani.com.
Written by Rekha Poosala, Marketing Manager, Velankani Communications Technologies, Inc.