Alcatel-Lucent will be announcing the commercial availability of its Network Services Platform (NSP) software product this month, which the company claims to be the first Carrier SDN platform to marry service automation with network optimisation across broad multi-vendor IP and optical infrastructure.
Essentially, Alcatel-Lucent's NSP can provision IP, Ethernet and Optical services across all network layers over any vendor's equipment, and in hardware-based, virtualised or hybrid networks.
To thrive and quickly deliver high-quality network services in today's cloud-driven environment, operators are faced with many challenges. Provisioning of services is a laborious, time-consuming process; and long-cycle, offline network engineering makes it difficult for service providers to prepare their networks to meet their customers' dynamic needs.
Sharing more about this solution, Manish Gulyani, Alcatel-Lucent's VP Product Marketing, Networks and Platforms Group, said that NSP helps to bridge the gap between service automation and network automation. On-demand service provisioning processes become network-aware and make the best use of available assets, he added.
Using purpose built SDN-based software, NSP offers a unified approach to the automation and control of a broad IP and optical infrastructure. It gives a full visibility of the state of the network across all layers at all times, allowing automatic multi-layer service provisioning, to use the best available network resources as well as real-time network optimisation.
According to industry analyst firm ACG, the Alcatel-Lucent NSP simplifies and automates complex multi-vendor IP and optical provisioning so operators can turn up services in a matter of seconds instead of days or weeks. The platform greatly reduces the network complexity on IT so that new network services can be created twice as fast, at a lower cost of 56%.
"By accelerating service innovation and service delivery over wide area networks, the gap with cloud compute infrastructure is closing, making the IP and optical network just as agile and efficient as the cloud," said Gulyani. "Network operators gain a competitive advantage by making it easier for their customers to buy and use network services that are delivered on-demand - faster and with greater efficiency than ever before."
The Alcatel-Lucent NSP adapts and optimises networks in real-time so operators can get more out of their existing assets. A separate research by Bell Labs showed that operators are also able to support 24% more revenue-generating traffic by using sophisticated algorithms to intelligently distribute new connections across their network.
Where the establishment of a new service often took days or weeks, with NSP service, establishment is automated and can be performed in minutes. Similarly, connections can be rerouted faster; and consequently, service providers will be able to run networks more efficiently and get better return on their assets. Service providers can introduce new network elements faster without requiring expensive integration efforts related to their OSS systems.
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