& cplSiteName &

TM Forum Tries ZOOMing to NFV

Carol Wilson
2/24/2014
50%
50%

The TM Forum unveiled its blueprint today for transforming network operations to support the telecom industry's move to virtualization. The plan's focus is on enabling more rapid deployment of new services by automating the provisioning process.

Ken Dilbeck, vice president of strategic programs for the TM Forum , told us that the Zero-touch, Orchestration, Operations and Management (ZOOM) project is an effort to step back and take a broader look at where operations support and billing support systems need to be in the long run as part of the adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV).

"We decided that, if we only focus on the migration steps of how to get from where we are today to where we think we need to go, we could lose out on the full benefits of network virtualization," Dilbeck said. Using feedback from the major operators behind ZOOM, the Forum is instead looking at what a virtualized network operation would be if it were built from the ground up as a greenfield deployment.

In particular, network operators view NFV as an enabling technology for automating back-office processes and getting services to market at Internet speeds. Without accomplishing those goals, NFV adoption won't be successful.

The operators driving this particular effort include AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Orange (NYSE: FTE), Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), and Telecom Italia (TIM) . They are joined by technology companies such as Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), and Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL).

ZOOM is intended to define the forum's vision for a virtualized operations environment and to define the architecture needed to support that environment. That will include helping service providers rethink their business and operations practices, Dilbeck said, since those must change along with the systems and software. "They need to be learning from IT groups, and the things they have been successful doing in the datacenter environment, and leveraging what has been learned from moving to virtualization there."

One of the things that ZOOM intends to do is draw in thought leaders from service providers, software providers, industry standards groups, and entities outside the telecom industry -- he calls them "disruptive technologists" -- to share their thinking about what the new architecture should look like and should be able to accomplish.

"We are actually asking [participating] companies to bring someone with experience in IT virtualization, as well as another person with experience in network virtualization," Dilbeck said. "We want to get both perspectives."

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
2/25/2014 | 12:49:12 AM
Re: Speed AND Vision?
Something tells me you are being diplomatic here...
Carol Wilson
50%
50%
Carol Wilson,
User Rank: Blogger
2/24/2014 | 3:07:27 PM
Speed AND Vision?
It will be interesting to see if TM Forum can pull together this vision and bring it to market quickly. 
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
May 14-16, 2018, Austin Convention Center
May 14, 2018, Brazos Hall, Austin, Texas
September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
November 7-8, 2018, London, United Kingdom
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
I'm Back for the Future of Communications
Phil Harvey, US News Editor, 4/20/2018
Verizon: Lack of Interoperability, Consistency Slows Automation
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/18/2018
AT&T Exec Dishes That He's Not So Hot on Rival-Partner Comcast
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 4/19/2018
Facebook Hearings Were the TIP of the Data Iceberg
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/20/2018
Pay-for-Play Is a Sticking Point in Congress
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 4/18/2018
Live Digital Audio

A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed