The huge numbers of connected IoT devices and applications, along with the need to reduce network opex and capex, is driving the adoption of NFV by service providers around the world. However, as service providers embrace NFV they are experiencing increased operations complexity and risk data inconsistencies across new management systems.

This white paper makes the case that service assurance is the key enabler of QoS differentiation for IoT services and a major requirement for NFV - and today’s current systems lack the necessary properties necessary to support a comprehensive solution. In order to meet the growing requirements, a tight integration between assurance, design, and provisioning is required from a real-time Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) solution.

This white paper discusses:

  • The new service demands of a connected and virtualized world
  • The service management and assurance implications of NFV and IoT
  • Key pillars of service assurance for NFV and IoT satisfied by an LSO solution 
  • The role of network data analytics and closed-loop automation for LSO