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TM Forum Builds Blueprint for Managing Virtualized Networks and Services

As demand for elastic and software-defined network (SDN) capabilities rise, service providers are facing a digital transformation of the way they build and operate their networks and manage services. The transformation opens up a new wave of innovations and business growth opportunities, but requires reimagined operations practices to realize the promise of this new approach, including flexible, personalized services and drastically decreased time-to-market. To provide a blueprint for these new practices, today, TM Forum is launching its new Zero-touch Orchestration, Operations and Management (ZOOM) project.

The Vision of ZOOM

Led by TM Forum and supported by the world’s leading providers and suppliers, including AT&T, IBM, Huawei, Oracle, Orange and Telecom Italia, ZOOM’s goal is to define a vision of the new virtualized operations environment, and a management architecture based on the seamless interaction between physical and virtual components that can easily and dynamically assemble personalized services.

In addition, ZOOM aims to identify and define new security approaches to protect infrastructure, functions and services across all layers of software and hardware; and complement ongoing work within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and other organizations so that the Forum and its members are working together with other industry leaders to provide the management platform and transformation guidance to support successful deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV).

TM Forum and its members are already working on ZOOM’s tangible outputs as part of the Forum’s renowned Collaboration program. This work includes specialized NFV workshops, Action Week working sessions, and six ground-breaking Catalyst proof-of-concept projects, or rapid collaborative projects, driven by Forum member companies that will demonstrate their first results in just four months at TM Forum Live!, June 2-5, in Nice, France.

“The pressure for IT and operational agility to enable new digital service revenues, and continuing demand for cost reduction makes it essential to radically rethink network, operations and service management. Virtualized environments can open up previously unimaginable expectations for service personalization, speed, flexibility, automation and customer centricity,” said Nik Willetts, chief strategy officer, TM Forum. “ZOOM brings together the industry and the Forum’s extensive set of best practices and standards to deliver practical answers for game-changing operations concepts, including operations, adaptive automation and customer-created service definitions.”

NFV Workshops and Action Week

To date, TM Forum has held three NFV management workshops for its members beginning with Action Week in Baltimore in June, 2013. Second and third workshops followed at Digital Disruption 2013 in San Jose, Calif., and in December at TM Forum’s headquarters in Morristown, NJ. The Forum incorporated the output of those workshops to accelerate the work at Action Week in Madrid (Feb. 10-14) which featured five days of sessions focused on virtualized technologies like NFV and SDN, and the impact they will have on the operations management.

At TM Forum Action Week in Madrid, members including Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Ciena, HP, Huawei, Microsoft, Oracle, Orange, Sprint and others, validated the ZOOM concepts as part of the project launch. The meetings focused on detailed technical discussions on a number of management and operations challenges for NFV, including the operational management of virtualized infrastructure, TM Forum’s Information Framework (SID) model and NFV requirements, enterprise-to-enterprise service level agreement management, policy management, security and more.

Published Monday, February 24, 2014 7:09 PM by David Marshall
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