Active testing automation presents an early opportunity

Anil Rao, Senior Analyst, Analysys Mason

The success of NFV/SDN is deeply reliant upon an operational model that is based on the principles of automation. In this white paper, Anil Rao addresses the importance of automation in driving the future mode of operations for next generation networks, the unsuitability of current approaches to service assurance in supporting future networks, and recommendations on where to go from here.

By automating the active testing routines, albeit with a solution that caters for services spanning hybrid – physical and virtual – network environments, CSPs can significantly reduce the elapsed time for service delivery. Furthermore, CSPs can supercharge automation initiatives by using analytics, machine learning and policy rules to automate complex workflows, pre-empt service degradation and take remedial action to maintain service levels.

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