As network operators race to establish a profitable 5G business, service quality teams need to ensure that new network slices are being properly turned up and that individual slices meet committed quality levels during the lifetime of the slice. In this paper we discuss the importance of combining extreme network automation with active assurance of individual slices in 5G network deployments.
After reading this white paper you will understand the characteristics of a new active approach for service assurance :
- Being able to orchestrate the assurance solution directly into the service fabric.
- Testing services as part of delivery.
- Exposing a centralized API for service orchestrators to consume end-to-end quality metrics for service activation testing, ongoing real-time data plane monitoring, and remote troubleshooting.
- Providing real-time feedback to orchestrators and analytics frameworks to achieve closed-loop orchestration.
Image: Automated active traffic on the data plane bridging the gap between classical assurance and orchestration