Amdocs launches virtualised intercarrier service orchestration tool

13 November 2017 | Jason Mcgee-Abe

Amdocs has launched a new intercarrier service orchestration solution that allows communication service providers (CSPs) to automate traffic scaling across multiple carrier networks.

Amdocs’ latest offering resolves CSPs’ challenges associated with how to commit and meet enterprise service level agreements (SLAs) for high performance connectivity, with the future proof advantages of an open source architecture based on open network automation platform (ONAP) that provides elasticity and automated scaling. It also uses MEF’s lifecycle services orchestration (LSO) application programming interfaces (APIs) for connectivity services across multiple global networks. 

Anthony Goonetilleke“Amdocs’ new solution leverages several technological developments pioneered in our Amdocs NFV powered by ONAP portfolio, which is the industry’s first comprehensive software and services offering built on ONAP open source technology,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, group president of Amdocs.

“Today we have a unique virtual intercarrier orchestration solution created using ONAP’s open-source framework. It offers service providers the ability to easily automate intra and intercarrier network scenarios end to end from initial ordering to in-life management of the service sub-components in a virtualised network. The use of MEF standards and APIs enhances the solution by simplifying intercarrier connectivity and by combining this with ONAP, Amdocs is leading the market with practical NFV solutions that accelerate service agility for our customers.”

CSPs servicing multinational enterprise customers are reliant on other partners across the globe to provide a complete service while committing to SLAs for end to end network connectivity and Amdocs’s latest solution claims to help leverage and deliver elastic connectivity that can be “spun up on demand and can be flexed to match the demands of cloud-based solutions”, by orchestrating the dynamic international connectivity needs of their enterprise customers.

Amdocs is showcasing the tool at MEF 17 alongside three major international multi-play carriers and partners including Fujitsu.

Pascal Menezes, CTO of MEF, added: “This launch and new initiative from Amdocs demonstrates how technology companies are meeting communication providers’ needs by using MEF’s emerging LSO Sonata APIs for serviceability and ordering and integrating them with ONAP’s open source network architecture to provide a seamless service experience both within and between service providers.”

"Intercarrier service orchestration solutions are a compelling example of how versatile ONAP’s architecture has already become,” added Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking and orchestration at the Linux Foundation.

“When integrated with MEF’s standards, these type of solutions can be used to solve network traffic management issues across networks. Support for intra and intercarrier operations resolves a major business problem for CSPs today specifically for enterprise customers.”

In September, Amdocs launched its NFV service by ONAP’s open source platform, offering design and monitoring of SDN networks.

To find out more about how MEF is transforming as the driving force enabling agile, assured and orchestrated Third Network services and standardising and orchestrating SD-WAN managed services, read our Carrier Ethernet Special Report.

Topics: Amdocs, MEF, intercarrier, CSP, network, cloud, LSO, ONAP, SLA