Introduction and about Accedian
Accedian delivers detailed and real-time insights into network and service performance. It does this via a portfolio of network performance elements, modules and virtualised instrumentation that deliver network visibility from the edge to the core of the network.
THE PERFORMANCE ASSURANCE CHALLENGE
As service providers seek to deliver applications to end users and enterprises that are very sensitive to delay and performance degradation, so their requirements for service and performance assurance are becoming more and more stringent and business-critical. At the same time, the underlying network responsible for delivering that QoS is becoming more complex: multi-vendor, multi-domain, and consisting of legacy and next generation technology.
To be able to assure performance, and the service levels that underlie their business models, operators must be able to view and understand network performance in a granular, real-time manner from across these different operating environments. That means instrumenting and gaining visibility into their networks on a network-wide basis
Accedian’s Network Performance Assurance solutions do this by enabling service providers to assure performance from Core-to-Edge, and therefore to gain the control they need to optimize the customer experience and drive new revenues.
Accedian delivers exceptional end-to-end network performance visibility, for control over the best possible user experience.
Providing the most complete, current view of network health, Accedian dramatically improves visibility with actionable insights that providers use to reach peak reliability and significantly boost quality of service (QoS). Accedian enables control over increasingly complex, multi-vendor networks to increase agility and reduce cost—without constraint. With unrivaled performance assurance, providers extract the most from their network, and can fully embrace the migration to Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) with confidence.
By delivering a fully optimised and performance assured network, Accedian proactively ensures networks meet increasingly stringent performance requirements to deliver exceptional quality of experience (QoE) to every end-user.
Since 2005, Accedian has delivered platforms assuring hundreds of thousands of networks and services globally, turning performance into a key competitive differentiator.
This is the story of how operators can design instrumentation as part of the network fabric, creating the visibility they require to manage and monitor the elastic, automated networks of the future.
Patrick Lopez, Founder of Core Analysis, has tracked the way in which network intelligence has evolved and developed more than anyone. Lopez says that in the future networks must deal with a demand profile that includes 80% of the traffic being video, and huge volumes of IoT devices. The issue is that networks cannot possibly be economically designed to meet the demands of peak video flows and hyper-dense IoT rollouts and near-zero latencies using the current method of statically provisioning resources. Instead, they must become elastic and agile, capable of expanding and reforming resources to meet differing demands.
One answer to meeting these competing demands on the network has been to look towards 5G – with its inherent promise to give operators the ability to act in an agile and flexible fashion. 5G takes advantage of technologies such as NFV and SDN to architect a heterogeneous access network that delivers the required performance on a per-use case basis, at scale.
These requirements mean that in the future network, direct human involvement in every decision becomes impossible. Automation and programmability become the key.
But in a soft, programmable, automated network where machines rule - how do we know the machines are doing their job properly?
Lopez’ view is critical, and explains the foundation of how the billions of decisions being made in these networks will be visible, and available, for human review. “Some level of automation is necessary... but I don’t think those networks will be [exclusively] self-resilient and self-governed. I think there will be a hierarchy of different alarming and viewing mechanisms that will allow network operators to decide the level of comfort they have towards the degree of automation of the network.”
Interestingly, there are providers out there that are already instrumenting programmable networks that rely on high degrees of automation. Who are they and what can mobile operators, potentially, learn from them?
It’s time to get to the big league now.
A Google data centre has 250,000 links, five generations of routers, 10 million policy rules. The networks have sensors that monitor and manage each and every physical link. You are not going to be able to manage that at human scale.
It becomes a question of visibility and relevance. Google achieves that by testing the network proactively, carrying testing loads through their live traffic, monitoring whether traffic management is homogenous across the network.
Instrumention can no longer be the afterthought. It must be designed-in, with instrumentation woven into the fabric of the network. That will take a structural change within the operator as well - in terms of how teams and people are organised.
The End Game - the way the network reacts to you and me
When instrumentation is woven in, and reporting only what needs to be reported when it needs to be reported, then the user experience can truly change. The network becomes aware of your predicted experience, and if it needs fixing, fixes it. This is the customer-aware, self-aware network. That is the end game.
Best Technology Enabler in the industry’s biggest mobile awards event - the GSMA GLOMOs.
Virtualised solution empowers providers to tap their entire network and gain complete visibility.
Sandvine and Accedian partner to demonstrate real-time, VoLTE QoE monitoring across the network from EPC to eNodeB.
Commercial SDN deployment with SK Telecom nominated in Best Technology Enabler category.
Telefónica advances customer experience by optimising end-to-end network performance to ensure exceptional quality of service and reliability.
Complete QoE insight will be foundational for the migration to, and success of, 5G - and will rest on network visibility.
Establish, Assure and Optimize VoLTE Quality of Experience
Operators Require All Layer Visibility to Assure QoE – Here’s How.
Delivering the message on booth: greetings, meetings and briefings.
Nothing feels like winning feels... and in a headline category it feels even better.
What will Accedian be focusing on at this year’s event?
Accedian is showcasing the world premiere of FlowBROKER, an industry-first virtualized solution for all-layer quality of experience (QoE) monitoring.
FlowBROKER allows operators to gain direct insight into application performance, multi-layer network behavior, intrusion detection, policy enforcement, and user experience at all locations throughout LTE and 5G networks.
Throughout the show, Accedian will be demonstrating FlowBROKER monitoring VoLTE calls, using DPI to resolve QoE metrics from multiple locations, in real-time. Reserve a time to meet directly with our CEO and CTO for a hands-on demo, and to see how FlowBROKER can significantly enhance network efficiency, granularity, fidelity, and visibility.
Who would you like to meet at MWC, in terms of potential customers and partners?
Our main customers are Tier 1 mobile network operators, and we are always looking to deepen our engagement in that sector. We also work closely with partners in the mobile security space, where the visibility and insight solutions add value.
In terms of the network - what operator requirements and needs do you think will be most prominent at MWC?
I think we will see prominence given to the need operators face to build networks that can economically and efficiently meet the massively growing and divergent demands they face from IoT, mobile broadband, voice & messaging and cloud-based services.
To meet those requirements we will see operators continue to discuss how to build data-analytics led, Software Defined Networks that rely on new control and user plane flows, increased automation and machine learning in the network, and the Virtualisation of core and radio network functions.
Accedian will be able to inform and enhance that debate because our solutions provide the scaleable, granular and real-time visibility of the network that operators will need to assure these new architectures. A solution like FlowBROKER is ideally situated to enable the delivery of the new mobile network paradigm
Where can we find you at MWC this year?
We are in Hall 8, Stand 8.0I27.