Oracle has last week, unveiled a new application orchestrator to assist Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to manage the lifecycle of a Virtual Network Function (NFV). The new software suite, Oracle Communications Application Orchestrator, reduces deployment time considerably for new network functions, enabling CSPs to improve operational efficiency and service agility.
The newly launched orchestrator complies to NFV architecture standards from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and works as virtual network function manager in the ETSI architecture.
According to Oracle, the Communications Application Orchestrator supports CSPs in their migration to NFV, enabling them to move away from rigid network architectures designed for a few select services to a flexible platform that can be automatically reconfigured to support current and future services.
"Replacing hardware networking elements with standalone, virtualized network functions instances is not enough for CSPs to unlock network virtualization service agility benefits. They also need interoperable, standardized application programming interfaces (APIs) between virtualized network functions, virtualized network functions managers, virtualized infrastructure managers, orchestrators, policy controllers, and OSS service orchestration. Oracle Communications Application Orchestrator provides an essential piece in ETSI’s NFV architecture that will facilitate CSPs’ transition to virtualized next-generation networks."
- Glen Ragoonanan, Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason
"As smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices explode in popularity, communications service providers are experiencing increasing pressure to deliver compelling data services while competing with over-the-top providers to remain relevant. Oracle Communications Application Orchestrator enables CSPs to move away from rigid network architectures to a flexible platform that can be easily reconfigured to address any number of current or future services."
- Bhaskar Gorti, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Communications