Virtualisation is often more challenging than you think – you need real expertise to support B2B and IN transformation efforts
Virtualisation projects can be challenging. Migration is just the first step – operators need to be able to realise the expected agility, so that they can evolve and innovate. Our experience with complex IN / B2B service virtualisation and migration projects gives us the expertise to help you converge and ensures a consistent platform for future innovation.
Operators are gradually transforming their networks and moving to fully-virtualised architectures. This is a key and profound change. While it’s necessary to support new 5G capabilities, it also offers enhanced flexibility, can increase agility and, ultimately, will allow operators to offer more services, faster.
Part of this process means the porting of existing solutions to a virtual environment. This, it turns out, isn’t quite as simple as some have suggested. Operators have to be sure that their services and applications continue to perform at the levels they expect. It’s not a simple matter of porting software – there are other considerations, including compatibility with execution layers, orchestration platforms and that the desired elastic scalability can be realised in practice.
This applies to services, such as B2B solutions, as much as platforms, such as IN nodes and entities within the IMS and other domains. Operators need to work closely with vendors to ensure that this transition not only takes place, but that it succeeds.
At Gintel, we’ve been working on effective, efficient virtualisation for B2B and IN services for many years. We’ve collaborated with service providers, as well as infrastructure vendors to ensure full compatibility with the desired virtual environment and to ensure optimum outcomes for our operator partners.
This means working as part of the project delivery team and providing proactive support through complex migration and implementation projects. Each environment brings a different set of requirements and service demands, which requires micro-customisation and the flexibility to optimise for each situation.
Of particular importance is delivering the required flexibility. For example, while virtualisation is the goal, there are several steps. The first is migration. This can be complex, as has already been suggested, because achieving the right performance levels is challenging. But, the next steps are equally important. The new infrastructure must deliver the agility to add new services and to deploy them rapidly – otherwise, all that has been achieved is the replacement of one architecture with another.
In our virtualisation projects, this has been critical, because we need to be able to support operators with new innovations and the creation of new services. Central to this is EasyDesigner, our SCE platform. This provides the flexibility to define, test and launch new services, quickly and easily, ensuring compatibility with micro-services approaches being adopted by operators.
So, even after delivery, we have a key partnership role to play, helping our partners unlock creativity and to support them as they evolve beyond migration to a truly innovative, virtualised operational position.
Virtualisation is essential for today’s operators but it’s not a simple or finite transition. It’s a complex, ongoing process. We can help you bring your IN and B2B services to a new, consolidated virtual architecture, while delivering the agility for future innovation. This helps you capitalise on new opportunities and meet new requirements.
Gintel can help, because we understand the difference you need to compete and to do so from a flexible, agile architecture. Talk to us about IN and B2N service migration and find out how we can help transform your service performance for the virtual era.