TM Forum, the industry association driving digital business transformation of the communications industry, launched a blueprint that helps communication service providers (CSPs) address the industry-wide problem of managing hybrid network environments.
Deploying virtualised network infrastructure and systems alongside traditional infrastructure and systems creates many operational challenges. The ‘Implementation and Deployment Blueprints for Hybrid Environments’, provides a standardised and interoperable approach to solving the fragmentation between traditional and virtualised infrastructures and systems.
Industry and standards bodies have been developing standardised ways to manage new virtualised networks and systems. Until now, little attention has been given to the complex operational challenge of managing the move to virtualised networks alongside maintaining mission critical traditional infrastructures.
The Hybrid Infrastructures Blueprint, goes beyond the very basic management capabilities typically deployed with NFV today. It provides CSPs with measured ways to manage the migration between virtualised and traditional environments, creating a smoother digital transformation.
“Bringing our members together from across the industry to collaborate and create a standardised way to address the industry-wide challenge of managing hybrid network environments, is a great example of the pragmatic problem solving and innovation that TM Forum enables.
As the telecoms industry rapidly transforms, it is essential that enabling technology and standards are put in place to allow existing infrastructures and systems to communicate with new and future architectures,” said Nik Willetts, CEO at TM Forum. “The Hybrid Infrastructures Blueprint provides the practical help that TM Forum’s CSP members need to navigate what is a complex and lengthy digital transformation.”
This is a complete implementation and deployment blueprint for managing a multi-vendor, Hybrid / NFV infrastructure. Collaboratively developed by leading service providers, vendors and other stakeholders in TM Forum’s ZOOM (“Zero-touch Orchestration, Operations and Management”) project, the blueprint contains practical solutions and information, which can be used by TM Forum members on demand.
This includes Open APIs, information models, best practices and deployment guides, which assist in the delivery of the standard interface required for multi-vendor hybrid deployments. It provides a number of management capabilities not currently available together in a standardised package, including Resource Function Activation and Configuration, Inventory Management, Catalog Management, and Assurance.
The launch of the Blueprint further builds on TM Forum’s commitment towards Open APIs, which provide a way to dramatically cut the time and risk associated with business transformation projects.The suite of documents is being offered as part of TM Forum’s Agile OSS/BSS Toolkit which provides a range of assets – including the Hybrid Infrastructures Blueprint – to support architects and other members of the IT community in realising OSS/BSS solutions according to best IT practices and in line with the requirements of Digital Service Providers (DSPs).
“Operators today are faced with the massive challenge of managing hybrid infrastructure composed of virtual and physical components,” said Milind Bhagwat, Enterprise architect at BT. “The intent-based, catalog-driven and policy-enabled approach for management of the Hybrid Infrastructure Platform delivered by the Blueprint allows us to effectively automate end-to-end service provisioning and management. And as it is now well known, automation is the key that unlocks the benefits of network virtualisation.”
The Hybrid Infrastructures Blueprint is available now to TM Forum members. For more information about TM Forum’s blueprint, click here.