Explorer Path Provisioning
The Explorer Path Provisioning application is a key component of the Blue Planet Route Optimization and Assurance (ROA) product family.
Like the Traffic Engineering application, it leverages ROA's vendor-independent IP/MPLS telemetry and analysis to provide network operators with powerful automated service delivery capabilities.
The Path Provisioning application allows service providers to quickly and easily create a catalog of IP/MPLS transport services that can be used to automate the fulfillment of subscriber requests when integrated with an SDN controller or service orchestrator such as Blue Planet Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO).
Restrictions can be applied to take into account a variety of use cases for the provision of paths, such as diversity, low latency, disaster recovery and data sovereignty.
- Increase your competitiveness by satisfying customer service requests in minutes.
- Accelerate time to revenue while making the most of network assets.
- Minimize interference by integrating with the SDN controller, service orchestrator, or the OSS platform of your choice.
- Reduce the time you have to spend on the daily service requests.
- Make the newly provided paths visible in real time.
- Automate the delivery of services at your own pace.
IP/MPLS Define transport services quickly
The Path Provisioning application allows network providers to create a catalog of IP/MPLS transport services using an intuitive web-based wizard.
Service routes can be created for a variety of subscriber requirements, such as low latency, data sovereignty (e.g. to ensure that traffic does not cross national borders) and diversity.
Each service can also be defined with its own priority and optimization algorithm used to calculate the path, including the lowest delay, the lowest number of hops, the shortest IGP, or the shortest TE metric.
If necessary, additional restrictions can be made. These include the use of RSVP-TE or segment routing tunnels with various path diversity and protection options, such as inclusion or exclusion of nodes, links, interfaces, shared risk link groups (SRLGs), and user-defined affinities with masks.
Rapid Fulfillment of Subscriber Service Requests
When a subscriber requests an IP/MPLS service path between two endpoints with certain restrictions, the operator simply selects the appropriate service from the catalog already created and links it to the subscriber.
The operator can then provide the new path by specifying only the source and target PE devices and the required bandwidth. Explorer Path Provisioning's path calculation and optimization engine calculates the best path based on the defined constraints and delivers the results in seconds.
If he determines that no path is available to meet the supplied restrictions, the operator can quickly adjust the restrictions and resend the request.
The new path details are presented to the user, including a mini topology map showing each node in the path. The changes to the network configuration can then be deployed manually or automatically.
Automated Path Provisioning
After the application's Path Calculation and Optimization Engine has calculated the new path(s) based on the constraints provided, it returns the results and allows the operator to review the details of the new path before approving the required network changes.
As soon as the operator is satisfied, he can decide to make the changes manually available. Or they can simply click the "Provision" button in the application's user interface to pass the configuration changes via open APIs to Blue Planet MDSO or another SDN controller or orchestrator, which are then automatically deployed.
Once the network changes are made, they are immediately detected by ROA's real-time routing data capture and complete the automated closed-loop path provisioning.
This software-defined control allows operators to switch to a more flexible network that reduces operational complexity and provides a more flexible network.