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Red Hat and Mycom OSI, a management, automation, and analytics provider, formed a partnership to provide automated assurance across hybrid network functions virtualization (NFV) environments.

The partnership deploys Mycom OSI’s cloud-native Experience Assurance and Analytics (EAA) platform on Red Hat’s OpenStack platform and its OpenShift container platform. This provides telcos with a cloud-native way to manage performance and service quality for traffic in hybrid, virtual, and physical networks.

On its own, Mycom OSI’s EAA assurance suite provides performance, fault, and service quality management, service automation and orchestration, and closed loop and network analytics. When deployed on Red Hat’s OpenShift, it is delivered as containers and integrates into a cloud native platform.

“Telco clouds are a key enabler to unlocking on-demand, real-time consumer and enterprise digital services such as SD-WAN [software-defined wide area network] and IoT [Internet of Things],” wrote Mounir Ladki, CTO of Mycom OSI, in an email to SDxCentral. “But to assure the telco cloud, which is critical to overall network and service quality and customer experience, assurance systems themselves need to be cloud-native.”

The collaboration between Red Hat and Mycom OSI assures the telco cloud by discovering, monitoring, and correlating vertical layers in NFV and software-defined networking (SDN) telco cloud architectures — such as hardware, cloud platforms, NFV infrastructures, virtual network functions (VNFs), and service chains. This provides closed-loop network automation. It also reduces risks of poor quality and service interruptions in NFV environments by providing additional visibility and analysis, according to Mycom OSI.

“Red Hat provided a good technical fit for our cloud-native solution, as well as the telecom expertise to solve the real-world problems that inevitably arise when dealing with highly complex, highly customized CSP environments,” wrote Ladki of the partnership.

According to Ladki, this partnership solves issues for telcos as they move toward “cloudification.” Hybrid network topologies are becoming more complex while demand for mobile broadband — along with the sheer number of connected devices — is growing, he explained. These factors make it increasingly difficult to deliver high network performance.

“As telco cloud projects have matured we’ve seen the focus move on from testing network virtualization concepts to assurance of those virtualized environments,” Ladki wrote. “Soon we’ll see AI/ML [artificial intelligence/machine learning] -driven, closed-loop automation of the end-to-end network based on assurance data and targets.”

The Red Hat and Mycom OSI collaboration has been deployed for multiple telcos including Three UK’s telco cloud. The product has time reduction benefits, in both operations and the deployment itself, the companies claim. It also includes built-in elastic scaling and continuous feature upgrades.

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