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Service assurance is a critical part of operationalising NFV/SDN-based networks

Anil Rao Principal Analyst, Research

"Service assurance must provide unified monitoring for the physical and virtual network, and assure services delivered over the hybrid network."

Communication service providers (CSPs) are actively engaged in developing operational architectures for network functions virtualisation/software-defined networking (NFV/SDN).

While NFV management and network orchestration (MANO) has received most attention to date, other important functions such as service design and service assurance are now coming to the fore.

This free white paper discusses the characteristics of the new service assurance and why it will be a crucial component in operationalising NFV/SDN.

Figure 1: Service assurance in NFV/SDN based networks [Source: Analysys Mason, 2016]

Service assurance in NFV and SDN networks