The Shifting Sands of Network Element Management

Anita Karvé
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We've all heard of SaaS, IaaS and PaaS. Now with the influx of connected devices and the data they will generate, it makes sense for service providers to start looking at the potential of IOTaaS.
Service providers are constantly on the lookout for that next big thing to drive new revenue streams and capture and retain customers, and for many, wireless services are a big part of their future strategy.
Peer-to-peer communications can be used in a wide range of applications and features scalability without the need for expensive network equipment, reliability and human intervention. As a result, it's starting to make its way into next-generation software-defined and virtualized networks thanks to IP-over-P2P.
No discussion of software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) is complete without a mention of open source which is quickly becoming the de facto approach to enabling the next-generation of carrier networks. But as carriers spend considerable energy and resources on overhauling their networks to make them more nimble, scalable, flexible and cost effective, they also need to consider what these infrastructure changes will mean to their OSS and BSS systems, which will need to support everything.
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