Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Technology to Help Enable Service Providers to Manage More Than One Million Devices in Their Network.

With more than 10 billion devices and connections projected by 2020, according to Cisco’s Mobile Visual Networking Index Forecast (2016-2021), service providers will need the scalability and performance to manage the high growth of devices in the network.

Cisco announces today, Layered Services Architecture (LSA), a new innovation to the Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) enabled by Tail-f, will pave the way for service providers to support the next order of magnitude of devices in the network. The more than 100 existing and new customers that have adopted NSO’s technology will benefit from the near-infinite scalability and performance enhancements to the industry’s most advanced and flexible service orchestration platform. As service providers look towards demands of cloud-scale networking, their legacy management tools and process are stretched to a breaking point by its scale and complexity.  Cisco NSO with LSA allows service providers the potential to manage over one million devices in their networks.

Service providers, cloud providers, and enterprises are increasingly adopting Cisco’s NFV solution, NSO, for its unique capabilities to:

  • Work in multi-vendor environments with the industry’s broadest set of proven orchestration interoperability capabilities, spanning over 50 network equipment vendors and up to 100 device models today.
  • Offer a model driven approach— NSO allows customers to create and change services using standardized models without the need for time-consuming custom coding or service disruption.
  • Automate more than 50 to 70 percent of customers’ operations workflow.
  • Offer full life cycle management for designing, updating, and deleting network services faster and easily.

Since its inception, NSO has helped our customers meet their customers changing demands, while driving revenue growth and reducing operational concerns when deploying and managing new services,” said Charles Stucki, vice president and general manager of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Business Unit, Cisco. “With our new innovative NSO feature, LSA, we want to continue to meet the needs of our customers by solving scalability concerns in the network as devices and connections increase over the next few years.”

Our vision to provide our customers with comprehensive multivendor orchestration solutions led us to Tail-f’s NCS as the best available framework at the time. When Cisco acquired Tail-f, we first focused on the development and delivery of comprehensive training and learning packages for Cisco NSO through which we provide the key competences needed to build and maintain NSO solutions. Alongside our enablement focus, we also help our customers in designing and deploying solutions with end-to-end orchestration using Cisco NSO. The biggest advantage of Cisco NSO technology is the operational optimization and ease of providing new services. Compared to legacy management platforms, Cisco NSO solutions are also more flexible and tunable because of YANG and are extremely scalable using NSO clusters with Layered Service Architecture,” added Dejan Miletić, Director - Consulting and Professional Services, NIL Ltd.

In addition to strong customer growth in the past few years, NSO’s partner ecosystem is backed by engagement of our 47 vetted and trained Advanced Technology Program (ATP) channel partners and strongest multivendor support with over 100 Network Element Drivers (NEDs).

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