18 May 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
AT&T, Orange and TIM have partnered up to sponsor a project aimed at developing a framework for rapid service innovation in virtual networks.
The project, which was unveiled at this year’s
TM Forum Live, is part of the joint agile development (JAD)
catalyst and demonstrates how network functions virtualisation
(NFV) and open interfaces enable radically faster service
innovation with fewer resources.
It featured a collaboration from Huawei, IBM, Infosys, Spirent
Communications and Tech Mahindra. Together, the vendors worked
to address the core need for rapid service innovation,
streamlining and automating the process by which virtual
network functions (VNFs) are enhanced, validated and then
deployed to the production network.
Spirent, for example, supports the project by offering fully
automated validation of VNF on-boarding and end-to-end service
layer performance through its VisionWorks platform.
Sean Yarborough, senior director of marketing for
Spirent’s Lifecycle service assurance segment,
said: "Working with the JAD team, we have shown how
virtualisation and open interfaces can be leveraged to design,
validate and deploy service enhancements dramatically
"The VisonWorks service assurance controller extends beyond
simple test automation, integrating with workflow management
systems to completely automate VNF and end-to-end service
validation. With VisionWorks, providers can move past legacy
testing processes that last weeks or months to automated
validation that takes minutes."