BENGALURU: NASDAQ-listed Viavi Solutions has collaborated with pioneers in network function virtualization (NFV) to demonstrate the automated delivery of dynamic, bandwidth-on-demand services via an orchestrated multi-carrier, multi-platform solution. The demonstration will occur as part of a Proof of Concept Showcase at MEF16, November 7-9 in Baltimore, Maryland. Viavi will provide a demonstration of virtualized test and assurance of Layer 1-4 connectivity and service quality.
The proof of concept (PoC) will demonstrate how a customer may order a circuit via a web portal, to be provisioned through three different carriers, into a cloud provider data center on another continent, and have an application turned up and monitored with minimal human touches. The MEF Lifecycle Orchestration (LSO) framework architecture will be showcased as the means to seamlessly connect these disparate domains. Viavi will provide its virtual test and service assurance solution located in both the cloud and at the customer edge. The VNF-based service acceptance and testing technology verifies the newly created service meets previously defined SLA requirements. More information about the PoC can be found here. Orchestrated Multi-Carrier Multi-Platform Proof of Concept at MEF16
Viavi’s Virtual Test and Assurance Solutions: As carriers virtualize their networks, they will require similarly virtualized test and service assurance to be able to test on demand or as an integrated part of the service roll-out. Instead of dispatching a technician carrying specialized equipment to perform a test on site, service activation and performance tests can automatically be run when required—remotely—reducing operating expense and time to service.
Viavi’s virtualized test and performance monitoring solutions for the PoC will include:
Service Activation and Throughput Testing: TrueSpeed VNF is a virtual network function in conjunction with hypervisors, based on the IETF RFC 6349 TCP throughput testing methodology, monitoring the performance of live customer circuits from a service provider call center and providing actionable information to help resolve problems without dispatching a technician. Together with SAMcomplete, TrueSpeed VNF is the industry’s only integrated Y.1564 -based Layer 2/3 and RFC 6349 Layer 4 solution for comprehensive cloud-ready Ethernet service installation.
Assurance and Performance Monitoring – EtherASSURE is a service assurance solution for managing the complete Ethernet lifecycle. It enables service providers to conduct remote critical test standards such as RFC 2544, helping to ensure a seamless experience for network traffic, and to support ongoing performance management, troubleshooting and service level agreement (SLA) management with two-way active measurement protocol (TWAMP) and Y.1731 performance monitoring functionality.
“Network technology is well down the path of virtualization, and all members of the ecosystem need to adapt accordingly,” said Kevin Oliver, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test, Viavi Solutions. “However, there are two market requirements that must also drive development: interoperability, and streamlined ability to address hybrid configurations of physical and virtual networks. With our broad range of legacy test equipment and our innovations in virtualization we are well positioned to bring both worlds together. Viavi is pleased to participate in such coordinated public demonstrations with industry leaders.”