Service Management and Orchestration

Innovate Services Faster

Learn the attributes of Network Functions Virtualization management and orchestration.

Innovate Services Faster

Deploy Services on Demand, Make Money Faster

Take advantage of the combined benefits of network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), and automated orchestration in these innovative solutions from Cisco.

Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio of software products for the management and orchestration of network and cloud services. They help service providers rapidly deploy services, on demand and at scale.

Our solutions are a part of the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP), a unified service management platform for deploying physical and virtual network services in today's carrier networks. The solutions are also aligned with the ETSI NFV management and orchestration framework, offering best-in-class attributes such as:

  • Scalable, automated, and model-driven orchestration across distributed data centers, supporting multi-tenant environments
  • Open technology and standards-based interfaces
  • Service elasticity with intelligent and optimized workload placement
  • Zero-touch, on-demand provisioning
  • Policy compliance that spans regulatory and security requirements for stringent service-level agreements (SLAs)

The solutions are available as ESP service modules. These prepackaged offerings can be deployed in minutes and scaled elastically as your business needs dictate. You also have the flexibility to purchase the software products individually, depending on your needs.

Cisco offers a number of products for customer-facing services (CFS) orchestration and fulfillment. These products provide capabilities for services definition, ordering and fulfillment, as well as assurance. They help to enable the Service Broker capabilities of the Cisco ESP.

Cisco Prime Service Catalog helps end-users find what they need through a self-service portal. End-users can place new service orders, update existing services, or delete services.

Cisco Prime Order Fulfillment helps you meet customers’ service expectations by automating the business and operational processes involved in the end-to-end fulfillment and ongoing management of services.

Cisco provides service orchestration products based on powerful and proven, industry-leading technologies.

Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) enabled by Tail-f, is a resource-facing cross-domain orchestrator that helps you create feature-rich services quickly and iteratively across physical and virtual network infrastructures. It provides real-time elastic scaling of services through its seamless integration with the Cisco Elastic Services Controller, and supports the open and modular framework aligned with the Cisco Evolved Services Platform(ESP).

Cisco infrastructure management products offer the powerful benefit of SDN technology. They significantly simplify services delivery over the complex, and fast-evolving service provider network.

Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), designed to support the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric, provides scalable application lifecycle management and provisions across both physical and virtual resources.

Cisco Virtual Topology System is an open software solution for multi-tenanted data centers. It delivers high-performance interconnectivity between network services and applications and the WAN.

Cisco WAN Automation Engine (WAE) helps you easily deploy and optimize innovative new services, such as global load balancing, bandwidth calendaring, bandwidth on demand, and premium network routing.

Service Assurance in the Virtualizing Network
Heavy Reading explains why a new approach to service assurance is required for NFV environments. Learn how you can help ensure a smooth migration path.

Service Orchestration Requirements for a New Era of Networking (PDF - 1.5 MB) Adobe PDF file
Heavy Reading explains the basic principles of an effective service orchestration system in supporting today's hyperfast businesses.

The Keys to a Successful NFV Roll-Out (PDF - 10 MB) Adobe PDF file
Phil Harris, Cisco vice president and CTO in the Chief Technology and Architecture Office, explains how service providers can make the most of virtualization opportunities.

Faster, More Accurate Catalog Synchronization (PDF - 198 KB) Adobe PDF file
Analysys Mason shows the benefits of Cisco Real-Time OSS ( RTOSS) service fulfillment in preparation for NFV.