First, there is a need for congratulating our events team for getting things ready ahead of schedule. This is no minor feat when considering the scope, intensive schedule and impact of what we are showcasing at MWC (Mobile World Congress), the largest industry event in the telecommunications space.
The NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) Portfolio station, which Ted and I will be manning, is one of seven parallel live demonstrations displayed at our booth’s public zone. The NFV Portfolio demo addresses the value of our technologies in an open ecosystem. This becomes illustrated with a user friendly virtualization catalog supporting application onboarding and unprecedented rapid service launch.
We are working with sophisticated best of breed solutions coming together to deliver seamless operations and greater value than that resulting from endless patchworking. Seeing Motive Dynamic Operations, Nuage Networks’ SDN (Software Defined Networking) jointly with virtualized RAN (Radio Access Network), EPC (Evolved Packet Core), IMS (IP Multimedia System) all working together, and all running on CloudBand’s NFV Platform makes the point. Better yet, silo busting simplicity becomes the immediate wow factor in a quite compelling way.
The second half of our conversation is based on stress testing. Here we discuss SFC (Service Function Chaining) and RAS (Reliability, Availability and Serviceability) in a distributed architecture featuring HA (High Availability). This part of the demonstration is designed to inflict pain and to create havoc by purposely triggering a series of failures and/or unplanned pent up demand.
That’s the kind of stuff proven to bring a conventional network down to its knees. Predictive analytics and RCA (Root Cause Analysis) keep service continuity going: a video session over VoLTE (Voice over LTE – Long Term Evolution) remains unscratched throughout the entire demonstration time after time. Smart placement and healing events take care of business in the background. Programmable automation is crucial. This is all transparent to the end user experience (consumers, enterprises) and, therefore, one other wow factor.
Understanding an innovating on human factors matters to a great degree. The NFV Ops Center screen delivers a “single pane of glass” fed by the above solutions thanks to APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). The system’s topology shows dynamic operations in progress. A sliding dashboard overlay helps visualize correlated KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) when needed, across domains and with extreme ease: no self-defeating UI clutter and convoluted navigation here.
We are unveiling this demonstration at MWC tomorrow Monday. We have already had a number of private sessions to test drive messaging, the value of the underlying conversation, various discussion flows and the overall demonstration experience. This is a highly engaging and interactive demonstration. So far, “very impressive” was everyone’s feedback without exception.
No need to be overconfident: MWC’s intensive demo schedule and our customers’ blunt assessments are this week’s performance indicators.