Hybrid networks and VNF management will be challenging

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) enables service providers to be more efficient and launch services faster than ever. However, the dynamic nature of NFV adds incredible complexity to network management and operations. Compounding the problem is the fact that virtual network functions (VNFs) do not usually operate in isolation, but rather work alongside existing physical network functions. This hybrid network approach makes assuring the reliability and availability of networks and services more challenging, and even more critical to achieve.

Complete visibility is the key to NFV success

NFV deployment makes perfect sense – it will allow you to simplify your network operations and lower operational costs, but once a service is virtualized, how can you be sure it’s performing as it should?  With a universe of activity out there, you need a seamless view across your virtual and physical networks. Visibility into VNF performance through packet data analysis of the traffic flowing across your entire network is absolutely critical to successful NFV deployments.

NETSCOUT’s Service Assurance for NFV

NETSCOUT’s NFV Service Assurance solution helps service providers manage this complex and dynamic environment with correlated, end-to-end, 360° visibility across the entire network. Our InfiniStream family of products include virtual, COTS-based software and appliance-based instrumentation that provides a single view across virtual, physical and hybrid environments, enabling us to pinpoint the exact location of an issue, wherever it occurs.

NETSCOUT’s patented Adaptive Service Intelligence technology (ASI) analyzes wire data in real time for valuable insights into the performance of your virtualized services. ASI’s multi-dimensional smart data ensures high-performance and cost-effective NFV service delivery - and is the most valuable data source for virtual machine orchestration.

NFV Service Virtualization Monitoring

NETSCOUT supports OpenStack® + KVM and VMware® Cloud environments, providing visibility to critical network data that is lost when operators virtualize key network functions. This allows administrators to use the full suite of OpenStack and VMware administrative tools to orchestrate the NETSCOUT virtual probes and the VNFs monitored by them.  

Network virtualization implementations vary

We understand that NFV evolution looks different for every service provider. Whether NFV is being implemented to add EPC and IMS network capacity, or to add new services and applications for customers, NETSCOUT delivers the information you need, when you need it, ensuring the best customer experience. Wherever you are in your NFV journey, NETSCOUT can help minimize the disruptions caused by NFV transformation.

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Assuring the performance of virtualized network functions and services will be challenging for service providers.  Speak to one of our highly experienced subject matter experts to get the insights and answers to help ease your NFV transition.

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NETSCOUT’s Service Assurance for NFV

  • Ensures the reliability and availability of your new and existing networks and services

  • Provides a seamless view across your entire network, no matter the environment – physical, virtual, or hybrid

  • Supports industry standard cloud environments from OpenStack + KVM and VMware

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The New Mobile Reality

Mobile carriers are facing the daunting task of upgrading and adding 5G technology to their networks along with new, dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) networks by utilizing virtualization and cloud technology to fundamentally change their cost structure and increase the velocity of service delivery. All these moves increase the complexity of the network and services they deliver.

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5G Virtualization, Vital Not Optional

Leading CSPs are embracing the concept of virtualization technologies but are proceeding with caution due to the immense complexity involved in the management – or orchestration – of virtualized infrastructure. This stall is set to end with the arrival of 5G mobile networks. For CSPs to showcase the advantages of a fully virtualized operational environment, they'll need smart visibility across their network.

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Assuring Application Agility in Multi-Cloud Environments

Enterprises worldwide are undergoing digital transformation. At the heart of these transformations is an intent to provide consistent and superior real-time customer experiences to end customers, rapidly deliver new services, and significantly reduce the cost of operations.

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Is Your Information Close Enough to the Edge

With the Network Edge now a key foundation for data analytics, it is playing an ever more important part in the performance of service provider networks. It is important to ensure that this network infrastructure, in the form of mobile edge computing, delivers on its promises and is carriergrade in the same way as the service provider network that enables it.

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Recipe for Success

Enterprises and Service Providers Need to Trust a Proven Recipe to Assure Hybrid Cloud Environments

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International Carrier Battles to Maintain Market Position

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NFV Cloud Network Readiness

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TCO Reduction through Vendor Consolidation

NETSCOUT's service assurance solution delivers complete visibility into networks while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

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Visibility Without Borders for Service Providers

Learn how NETSCOUT's solution with Smart Data can help you achieve Visibility Without Borders for any service, any cloud, any network, and any workload.

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vSTREAM Virtual Appliance for Service Providers

The vSTREAM virtual appliance complements existing Adaptive Session Intelligence (ASI)-based instrumentation to provide the same level of visibility within virtualized and cloud infrastructures that is already possible in physical environments.

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NFV Service Assurance Solution

NFV enables rapid and dynamic deployment of new services in a fraction of the time it takes today.

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How Smart Data Impacts Digital Transformation

Dr. Saksena shares how Digital Transformation specifically cloud native architectures are driving the need for Smart Data solutions to ensure real time intelligence for service assurance.

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Service Providers: Are You Cloud Confident?

Dr. Vikram Saksena, chief solutions architect of NETSCOUT's CTO office, and Light Reading's Principal Analyst Jennifer Clark, discuss the exciting transition to cloud native for communications service providers and how service assurance is critical to the success of industry 4.0 for 5G. View the video and learn the three key benefits of going cloud native, how cloud native is critical for 5G success and the important business drivers that are making cloud native a necessity for service providers.

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