Agnes Mends-Crentsil

Due to the increase in 5G deployment worldwide—across more than 1,500 cities in more than 60 countries as of June 2021—connectivity will transform globally, and this will impact how enterprises manage their business. But is it certain that the shift to a cloud-native architecture will allow 5G to break down connectivity borders in 2022?

According to NETSCOUT CTO and Senior Vice President Bruce Kelley, a cloud-native ecosystem will provide a higher degree of flexibility to evolve the next generation of networks.

This will support the telecom industry’s direction toward a vertical business model. A cloud-native architecture is essential for the effective implementation and operation of 5G network slicing and ultra-reliable low-latency services for the unfailing support of mission-critical applications.

Within the agile cloud landscape, service providers will realize seamless continuity in the performance between existing 4G, the new 5G networks, and beyond only if they consider end-through-end observability measures from the onset. At NETSCOUT, we call this Visibility Without Borders.

Kelley’s recent article explores why observability from the onset is significant and ensures the following seven elements once implemented in a 5G cloud-native network, will help enterprises provide a flawless customer experience in 2022:

  1. Observability and security: To support the behavior of dynamic network functions and encrypted traffic, observability and security solutions need to address any barriers introduced by 5G.
  2. Higher degree of flexibility: In a cloud-native environment, it is simpler to make just-in-time upgrades, with significantly reduced downtimes.
  3. 5G network slicing: Network slicing, a key feature of 5G, needs a cloud architecture to guarantee essential operations and management.
  4. Mission-critical use cases: Because lives could depend on these critical 5G ultra-reliable low-latency communication use cases, the ability to implement and quickly detect and resolve problems is essential, and this is possible only in a cloud environment.
  5. Open architecture: The transition to cloud-native applies to both the core and the edge networks. An open and interoperable framework is crucial for assuring an optimum end-user experience.
  6. Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation: The next generation of networks cannot function properly without a high degree of automation. This applies to troubleshooting and cybersecurity protection. Cloud-based AI tools can help organizations understand the root cause of problems better and faster.
  7. Advanced AI-powered automation: The complexity of 5G networks and the broad range of partners within the ecosystem necessitates advanced AI-powered automation to derail the potential for suboptimal customer experience. Advanced automation will also free overworked staff to focus on and prioritize top trending issues.

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