New White Paper on Cloud Native VNF Operational Automation

Telia Company and Metaswitch have written an industry guide to how Network Functions Virtualisation radically changes the way communication networks are designed, built and operated.

Telia Company and cloud native communications software leader Metaswitch today announced the availability of their new “Cloud Native VNF Operational Automation” white paper, an industry guide to how Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) radically changes the way communication networks are designed, built and operated. The guide explores the automation benefits of VNFs and clearly describes how cloud native approaches to development and deployment are required for carriers to take maximum advantage of the operational and economic gains promised by NFV.  

Cloud environment
The paper focuses on the architecture of a Virtual Network Function (VNF) and how the VNF should interact with the cloud environment to simplify the automation of lifecycle management. The paper provides clear directions on the underlying functional requirements for the VNF to achieve such automation and is designed to enable the entire telco community to achieve faster, error-free operational management of their cloud-based virtual network infrastructures.

"Convergence of networks"
“The goal for telcos is not to virtualise our networks or introduce new software technologies on an ad hoc basis, but to make substantial use of such tools to help automate the end-to-end production factory,” says Mauro Costa, Director, Network and IT Infrastructure,Telia Company. “This will eventually create an opportunity for a more agile service environment and, ultimately, the convergence of networks and IT systems, at least from an infrastructure and process perspective.” 

Faster and more efficient
“One message that we hear over and over again is that improved operations efficiency is the number one motivation for embarking on the transformation to a virtualised network,” says Martin Taylor, Chief Technology Officer, Metaswitch Networks.  “We hope that this paper, based on the combined perspectives of cloud software developers and network operations experts, will help the industry to better understand how to maximize the most important benefits that NFV transformation can bring, namely faster and more efficient network operations.”

White paper
Building on the existing European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV management and orchestration (MANO) framework, the paper outlines target scenarios for VNF deployment, examines various aspects of lifecycle management for a typical VNF, identifying desired behaviours that ease operational automation and identifies key requirements on a VNF to achieve operational simplicity.

Read the report here