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Driving NFV from the Lab to Reality: Overture Introduces Ensemble Service Intelligence

Overture announced today the introduction of Ensemble Service Intelligence (ESI), an addition to its industry leading Ensemble Open Services Architecture (OSA). ESI leverages big data technologies and applies advanced analytics in an open system to provide actionable intelligence for service orchestration. ESI stores and correlates data from virtual and physical network components, as well as from existing performance management, EMS and other management systems. ESI enhances automated orchestration across a multi-vendor NFV environment with features such as service lifecycle management, policy-based auto-scaling and multi-level service verification and diagnostics.

ESI joins the company’s already released Ensemble Service Orchestrator (ESO) and Ensemble Network Controller (ENC), as well as the new Ensemble Carrier Ethernet (ECE) VNF, also announced today, as parts of the growing Ensemble OSA portfolio. Each component of Ensemble OSA is designed to work seamlessly as part of a broader open systems architecture, but is also capable of operating as a standalone solution, offering greater flexibility and deployment options to service providers.

“Management and orchestration are the twin keys to the transformation promised by NFV, SDN, and next-generation networking overall,” said Tom Nolle, president, CIMI Corporation. “Overture has long held a lead in orchestration, and their introduction of actionable intelligence for services extends that lead decisively. Their mastery of NFV was impressive before, and now it's complete.”

Within increasingly complex virtualized network architectures, Overture ESI provides a simplified way to achieve OSS integration by bridging NFV with legacy systems, while its open architecture allows further application development. ESI comes with an initial suite of service intelligence applications that provide full service lifecycle history, as well as the capability to monitor network VNF performance to ensure customer SLAs are met.

“The industry is witnessing unprecedented changes tied to service provider cloud virtualization and software-defined services. Today’s enhancements to Ensemble OSA demonstrates our commitment to helping our customers as they transition their current networks into agile, automated, open environments, driving dramatic cost reductions and acceleration of service delivery,” said Mike Aquino, president and CEO, Overture. “We are continually focused on maximizing operational efficiencies, while driving new revenue-generating services faster than ever before into service provider mobility, business services, and consumer offerings.”

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:42 AM by David Marshall
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