Orange, EXFO Integrate vProbes into ONAP to Deliver Service Assurance for SDN/NFV

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Orange and EXFO announced that Orange has integrated EXFO's passive virtual probes (vProbes) into the Beijing Release of the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP).

This industry-first integration of a passive probing virtual network function (VNF) into the ONAP release delivers service assurance for SDN/NFV commercial deployments. It also provides monitoring and troubleshooting of the service quality experienced by end customers.

EXFO and Orange's collaboration will enable the ecosystem to roll out open infrastructures based on SDN/NFV with the capability to monitor and troubleshoot complex end-to-end issues. It will also define a reference design for virtualized service assurance over 4G/LTE networks. 

The unique on-demand monitoring function dynamically instantiates end-to-end troubleshooting resources based on multiple criteria like service degradation and customer complaints, or in association with the provisioning of a new service. It also opens the way to the elasticity of virtual network function's monitoring in order to cope with sporadic traffic increases or relocation of a network function. ONAP is seen as the global framework to orchestrate and automate the deployment and the lifecycle of the vProbes.

Eric Debeau, Head of Orange's Network Automation Platform
Orange and EXFO have successfully removed a major barrier to ONAP deployment: the lack of monitoring solutions for dynamic, orchestrated virtual networks. EXFO's unique on-demand provisioning of virtual passive probes significantly reduces the resources required to check service availability and troubleshoot issues. 

Abdelfrim Benamar, VP Service Assurance, Systems and Services, EXPO
We are also proud to have integrated our virtual passive probes in the ONAP in just two weeks, which demonstrates the maturity of our virtual network functions and the ONAP Beijing Release.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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