Espoo, Finland – February 10, 2014
NSN takes telco cloud to commercial reality with new automated application management #MWC14
Proven portfolio supports all aspects of preparing, deploying and running a telco cloud for operators
Nokia Solutions and Networks is launching Telco Cloud Management, the most comprehensive solution from any telecom vendor to comply with ETSI NFV*. The release supports operators as they host their network functions on cloud-based infrastructure. NSN is also extending its end-to-end Services to help operators prepare, implement and run their own telco clouds and migrate existing telco services to cloud-based networks. Based on its extensive work in recent years to develop and run a wide variety of trials and pilot implementations, NSN has now brought the telco cloud to commercial readiness, and is building a telco cloud partner program to support it.
NSN Telco Cloud Management includes two main components: the cloud-ready NetAct Operations Support System (OSS) for managing virtualized and non-virtualized network elements, and the new Cloud Application Manager for managing applications in the telco cloud**. Cloud Application Manager automates many phases in a telco application’s life cycle from development to deployment, through to maintenance. It also provides automated elasticity management of cloud resources to ensure the right network capacity is available to run applications.
The new function enables operators to take full advantage of the benefits of the telco cloud, such as flexible capacity to ensure the best customer experience under any traffic conditions, higher utilization of hardware investments, shorter time to market for new services and efficient development of more innovative services.
NSN’s current virtualized network functions are already designed to be platform independent. Building on this, NSN Cloud Application Manager is cloud platform agnostic, supporting a number of cloud stacks to meet different operators’ requirements***. As new cloud stack vendors become relevant for the telco industry, this approach ensures they can be supported.
In line with its platform agnostic approach, NSN is building a telco cloud partner program with a number of players in the industry. Within the scope of this program, the company is extending its relationship with HP, one of its IT platform providers, to the telco cloud****. In addition to IT platform sourcing, the collaboration’s new scope includes integration services as well as joint telco cloud architectures and delivery models. Operators can benefit either by deploying a complete NSN-built telco cloud infrastructure or by integrating NSN telco cloud solutions on top of their operator clouds, based on the HP cloud platform.
“NSN’s track record in telco cloud innovation is unmatched by any other vendor*****,” said Michael Clever, senior vice president of Core, NSN. “Now we are launching the industry’s first commercial, standardized telco cloud solution backed by expert services. The telco cloud has finally become a reality for operators worldwide. And our new Cloud Application Manager makes sure operators can tackle the complexities of telco cloud any time, with flexible network capacity, shorter time to market and high return on hardware investment.”
The company’s enhanced end-to-end Services for telco cloud support operators as they migrate to telco cloud operations, addressing their key questions: How do I prepare for the telco cloud? Which deployment model should I adopt? How do I operationalize the telco cloud? The services are tailored to the individual needs of each operator and can encompass areas such as migrating existing telco services to the cloud, deploying cloud applications, security solutions, software maintenance and operations support.
“Our Services for telco cloud are based on our long experience of providing services and our expertise in the telco aspects of building and running cloud-based infrastructure. Services focused on the pure IT aspects of the cloud are delivered by NSN with support from leading cloud and IT platform services partners. Our Services help to ensure a smooth evolution to the cloud,” added Clever.
To learn more about NSN’s innovations in telco cloud, network operators, customers, press and analysts are welcome to visit NSN’s Experience Center in Hall 3, 3B10 at Mobile World Congress, Fira Gran Via, in Barcelona, Spain.
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* Many aspects of the telco cloud are not yet standardized, but the European Telecommunications Standards Institute Network Functions Virtualization (ETSI NFV) working group is aiming to harmonize the various approaches to implement cloud-enabled solutions. NSN Cloud Application Manager complies with the VNF Manager.
** This clear separation of element management/OSS functionality on the one hand and the cloud application manager on the other complies with the ETSI NFV reference architecture for standardized multi-vendor telco cloud scenarios.
*** NSN’s multi-stack cloud agnostic approach demonstrates the company’s commitment to further developing carrier-grade telco cloud solutions. As mentioned in the press release ‘NSN builds on telco cloud leadership with multi-stack cloud approach’, ‘NSN is working closely on cloud technology with major operators, leading cloud stack vendors such as VMware Inc., open source cloud platforms such as OpenStack® and ETSI NFV Group.’
**** The IT partnership agreement between NSN and HP is non-exclusive for both parties.
***** NSN has taken a pioneering role in telco cloud having spearheaded core virtualization with its Liquid Core in 2011. The company has since demonstrated and proven telco cloud capabilities in a proof of concept project in 2012 and a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) test program in 2013. More recently, NSN gave the first live demonstration of VoLTE over a telco cloud at the IFA fair in Berlin, Germany, in September 2013.