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New case study available! Case study Part 1 - Operator-governed, end-to-end, autonomic, joint network and service management

News date: 
Mon, 2012-09-17

The UniverSelf project is proud to announce the release of the case study- Part 1: 

Use Case #6 - Operator-governed, end-to-end, autonomic, joint network and service management

The case study can be accessed under the Dissemination/White papers section, or directly at the following link: http://www.univerself-project.eu/white-papers


A Network Operator (NO) wants to deploy new services and/or accommodate new traffic on top of its multi-vendor and multi-technology infrastructure involving both Radio Access Networks (RANs) and backhaul/core segments. The automation and achievement of coordinated, end-to-end performance in such a process is both desirable and challenging, especially considering the problems dealing with the different manifestations of heterogeneity in the considered underlying networks i.e. heterogeneity in the used technologies and domains, in the equipment coming from different vendors and of course in the management tools/systems.

Although there have been efforts towards integrating and automating such service deployment processes, they are not completely successful in delivering a convincing, end-to-end solution. In addition, even though they may be elaborated enough, they exhibit loose or no integration and partial or no automation at all, having humans with special skills and expertise still being highly involved into the processes.

This case study reports on the above problems and calls for solutions that will provide a unified, goal-based, autonomic management system for the service deployment and/or new traffic accommodation on top of heterogeneous networks encompassing both OFDM-based RANs and MPLS-based backhaul/core segments.

This document presents a brief description of the case study, its methods, concepts and expected innovation. The specific functional, non-functional requirements and the associated problems of this case study were presented in the deliverable D4.1 [1]. The prioritization of the problems and functional requirements were presented in deliverable D4.2 [2].