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Service providers are rapidly taking up plans to shift to gain the advantages of the cloud in the world of the network. Cloud based networking using NFV/SDN technologies allows for the speed, performance, and innovation of the cloud to transform the business of networking.
However, setting up a new function or service in a virtual world is just the beginning of enabling a service. Operations, development, and customer engagement are all affected and have significant impact to the overall value from optimization of costs, process and speed of delivery of this new delivery of services. When changes to these areas are embraced with the technology shift, service providers can rapidly seize the value this new world of cloud based networking provides.
Cloud based networking success requires thinking across three basic layers of a provider’s environment: Infrastructure, Service Life cycle and Customer Engagement. Today many are working to enable new infrastructure afforded from NFV/SDN, but to gain full value, this has to be done in concert across the infrastructure with the existing legacy network, the constantly evolving world of IT both on premise and as a service, as well as the support of this layer that is rapidly changing to cloud technologies.
Next, service providers need to think across the service life cycle enabled on this infrastructure. This is not a one time occurrence but as a continuous and collaborative on-boarding, development and operational environment. Through the ongoing upgrades of services and functions, as well as rapid and agile development of new services and offerings, this must be enabled by not just functions and tools but also processes and collaborative skills.
Last is the customer engagement layer both in how a customer is enabled into this new world but also in how they are serviced and billed for services going forward. IBM brings these together in an architecture for cloud based networking that provides the way to bring these new technologies together with an existing world to enable growth.
IBM Cloud Based Networking platform is brought together as an open and multi-vendor environment to meet the needs of service providers that want to enable NFV/SDN. Using this cloud based networking platform service offerings can be rapidly enabled from “idea to offering” in an agile way and from “order to operations” using real time operations through out their service life cycle. IBM does this both through supporting products as well as through our systems integration and consulting services to enable this end to end environment and the business transformation of the network.
We have also defined a target architecture with Comptel and Juniper to complete this platform and be able to rapidly implement this for providers to shorten time to value and drive transformation more rapidly. IBM is uniquely positioned to help client transform to cloud based networking with global competencies in services for both integration and transformation as well as competencies in assurance, cloud, DevOps and security.
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