IBM Releases Network Automation Cloud Pak for 5G and Edge
To reduce the time needed to get 5G and edge services up and running, IBM is announcing its Cloud Pak for Network Automation at MWC 21 in Barcelona. It combines it with the Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps, as well as its Edge Application Manager solution. It is also taking advantage of its recent takeover of Turbonomic in AIOps.
As Mobile World Congress 21 kicks off in Barcelona, IBM is presenting communications service providers with a Cloud Pak to automate the management of their software-defined networks and simplify 5G adoption. The Cloud Pak for Network Automation is a hybrid solution that leverages artificial intelligence to enable operators to deploy new services at scale faster. Start-up times can be counted in days and not in months, says IBM.
With 5G and the shift to edge computing, the telecommunications industry has had to accentuate the transformation of its networks into software-defined platforms. “Our customers have identified that limited automation and a lack of real-time network visibility has hampered their ability to deliver innovative services to customers fast enough,” said Andrew Coward, general manager of the Software Defined Networking business at IBM, in a statement. In this context, the Cloud Pak for Network Automation helps deploy services without manually intervening in their provisioning, from the core of the network to the edge.
Combined with Turbonomic for network performance
This Cloud Pak runs on Red Hat OpenShift, in multiple environments. It makes it possible to model the life cycle of the network by creating models, independent of manufacturers or publishers, for the functions of physical, virtual and container networks. The solution provides a real-time view of the performance of all network and cloud infrastructure to monitor availability and resolve issues automatically. The Pak provides analytics and machine learning functions to uncover trends in network data to optimize operations with minimal intervention from IT teams. Combined with the Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps and a solution like Edge Application Manager, service providers will be able to automate resource allocation based on identified needs.
According to IBM, its Pak was designed so that a network engineer could start a site in 4 to 5 days. The solution allows the implementation of thousands of network functions. With the recent acquisition of Turbonomic in the field of AIOps, IBM will couple its Pak to this solution to provide performance monitoring capabilities for virtualized and automated networks. Turbonomic has the ability to ingest large volumes of telemetry data to provide insight into day-to-day operations performance.
The Cloud Pak for Network Automation provides a real-time view of the performance of different network infrastructures. (Credit: IBM)
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna is among the business executives scheduled to speak at Mobile World Congress 2021 today.