Network equipment providers (NEPs) are trying to develop their network management systems (NMS) to encompass the new needs of network function virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) while maintaining physical infrastructure management, and are seeking best practices and guidelines. This report provides a network orchestration framework to help NEPs navigate the evolution from NMS/EMS to the new network orchestration space, and uses the new taxonomy to track the market and its associated vendors.
This Strategy Report Provides:
- an overview of how a new approach to network design and operational systems can support communications service providers' (CSPs') digital economy business objectives
- analysis of the key characteristics and building blocks of an end-to-end functional architecture that pulls together NFV management and orchestration (MANO) and OSS
- a blueprint for the technical requirements of a vNGN-OSS
- a summary of how the vNGN-OSS will affect segmentation in the software market and Analysys Mason's research plans
- recommendations for vendors and CSPs.
This report analyses the changes that network virtualisation will demand of communications service providers’ (CSPs’) OSS architecture so that virtual and hybrid next-generation networks (vNGN) can be properly operated and maintained to meet customer expectations and CSP business objectives for service innovation in the digital economy. An expanded, more open control layer architecture will create new technical requirements and enable new products and services, which will change the vendor competitor landscape and lead to changes to telecoms software market segmentation.
This report provides recommendations for those engaged in transforming physical networks to hybrid or virtual networks.
The research in this report is based on several sources.
- The extensive qualitative and quantitative telecoms software market research.
- Interviews with more than 10 software vendors regarding their capabilities and strategies, and 20 CSPs regarding their needs and expectations.
- Secondary research into the enabling technologies and market forces that are shaping this OSS evolution.
Key Questions Answered in this Report
- How does a new approach to network design and operational systems support CSPs’ digital economy business objectives?
- What are the key characteristics and building blocks of an end-to-end functional architecture that pulls together network function virtualisation
- (NFV) management and orchestration (MANO) and OSS?
- What are the business and technical requirements of a vNGN-OSS?
- How does the vNGN-OSS affect segmentation in the software market?
- What opportunities and threats do OSS evolution present to vendors?
- How are different vendor types approaching the vNGN-OSS and related professional service opportunities?
Who Needs to Read this Report
- OSS and infrastructure strategy, product marketing and management executives in incumbent and new entrant vendor organisations, who
- want a forward-looking analysis of market shifts to help them position their products and services and develop their businesses.
- CTO and CIO staff in CSPs, who want a forward-looking analysis of vNGNOSS architecture in order to understand the functional blocks and how
- they fit together so they can start building their evolution plan.
- Strategy officers in CSPs, who want to understand how virtual networks can be part of their platform for providing digital economy services.