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10/29/2014 | 2:27:55 PM
Great question on if the Traditional OSS sector is capable.  I, personally, have my doubts.  They have so much invested in the old, static methods of managing everything that I think their play will be to try and evolve current solutions.  The problem is current solutions have a core that is not very adaptable in most cases.  Many solutions floating around out there still have core technologies that are pre-web, even though they do an admirable job of hiding things like Powerbuilder and such that remain by deploying on thin client environments like Citirx to make it seem "web based".

I think the answer is that existing solutions live on as long as legacy networks are around, which will be quite a while longer.  New solutions, possibly from legacy vendors IF they realize they need to start from scratch.  To make it palatable to the customer base this can't be a forklift situation where new solution means the old goes away, at least not right away.  I think there has to be a transition plan that includes:
  • Implementation of Agile OSS in parallel with SDN/NFV element introduction - this must include solid abstraction of the network, including discovery equivalence, into the OSS that is as close to real time as possible
  • Federation with legacy systems that won't go away anytime soon - some of these legacy systems may live on for a long time and be relegated to only managing the physical aspects of the network that will be the supporting infrastructure for NFV in the future
  • The idea of a Network API that gives all OSS a single point of contact with the network, and talks directly to the network using things like OpenFlow and NETCONF instead of mixing in the EMSs and CLI interfaces to the NEs.
  • Orchestration that understands NFV and doesn't try to apply old-school methods to managing those new-school elements.
  • Blends IT centric and Network centric methodologies, meaning you are selling a new paradigm to the customers, into a new way of managing the network.

This is early thought on my part, but something my company is seriously looking at right now so we can guide our clients appropriately.
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10/29/2014 | 2:00:13 PM
Absolutely right -- so the big question is, where does this new OSS come from?

Is the traditional OSS sector capable of delivering such capabilities?
User Rank: Lightning
10/29/2014 | 1:01:21 PM
A key thing to remember, in addition to the need to have strong and consistent links between OSS and BSS, is that traditional OSS is going to have to evolve as the network does.  This doesn't mean just adding fields to a database to accomodate the new SDN and NFV environments. OSS is going to have to become agile and dynamic, just as the networks are evolving to be.  Otherwise the all too common issue today of the data in your OSS not being in sync with your network is going to become even more of an issue.  For example, your inventory can't be a static thing when your network become elastic and extremely dynamic in operation.  OSS may be hot, but Real Time OSS is going super-nova...or should be.
User Rank: Light Sabre
10/28/2014 | 4:24:57 PM
OSS will never be sexy, but yes, combined with BSS, it will be a marriage made in heaven as carriers begin to migrate away from boxes to software. Itz important that both are linked so that the services offered can then be billed to customers and also have a mechanisim for potentialy sharing revenue on the back end. It aint sexy, but complicated and something carriers need to move on to get beyond the pricing wars used for differentiation.

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