Automation and orchestration can bring significant benefits to service providers as they seek to reduce costs and improve revenue.
Network management teams are facing unprecedented change because service providers are under pressure from their enterprise customers to deliver and support more agile service offerings. Traditional network operation processes tend to focus on internal processes, rather than customer-driven requests. Service providers are looking to update their technology platforms to deliver services in a more efficient manner, as well as to improve customer responsiveness.
However, efforts to introduce automation and agility in network operations are often limited by an installed base of legacy network management tools and techniques. This can pose a liability in today’s competitive environment, where mobility, IoT, and cloud investments depend on diverse, dynamic and distributed network architectures.
Applying model-based abstraction technologies to the management of virtualised networks is emerging as the preferred alternative to traditional means of network operations and service provisioning, according to a research survey by IDC sponsored by Cisco Systems.
Network modelling technologies such as NETCONF and YANG offer a new means of tackling primary customer business challenges, while delivering improved business outcomes. IDC found that service provider innovators are increasingly adopting this new approach towards the automation of network management and service provisioning – resulting in increased operational agility and scalability, and improved customer-focused innovation.
Learn how service providers are adopting model-based automation and agile network management in order to reduce operational stresses in this IDC whitepaper – and associated webinar. The research yields insights into the impact of model-based network management approaches, while offering recommendations on how SPs can position themselves for success by embracing an agile approach to network management.
John Malzahn leads product marketing for Cisco’s Cloud and Virtualization Solutions team. He is responsible for driving marketing activities for Cisco’s Cloud, NFV, and Orchestration solutions in the telecommunications service provider and enterprise segments worldwide.