Why your traditional network management system doesn't measure up

Advanced networks are complicated to manage. They require more complex and dynamic networking solutions. More traffic. More technical requirements. And there’s more at stake than ever.

LTE mobile backhaul

For many operators, a more intelligent network management system (NMS) can help reduce this pressure by providing a more holistic, accurate view of the network.

An array of variables
The lifecycle of service operations contains many variables that need to occur in a continuous flow:

  • Network planning
  • Service provisioning
  • Network and service configuration
  • Performance monitoring
  • Recovery from traffic interruptions
  • Changes to network configuration

Traditional fault-monitoring tools only track whether a connection is up or down. As networks become more dynamic and packet based, traditional tools don’t give operators the visibility they need to manage such increasingly complex networks. User experience may be affected by packet delays, losses, jitter or similar issues.

In addition to the general trend toward all-IP networks, operators are also introducing self-organizing networks (SON) and GMPLS control-plane–based optical networks. These architectures make networks more fluid and dynamic than ever.

An accurate view of your network’s present and future state
All these factors make it difficult for operators to understand how their network is configured at any point in time. This is a big problem for the operating staff in network operations centers (NOC), who do their best to avoid and control outages.

It’s also a challenge for operators to pinpoint where bottlenecks are in their network. This becomes increasingly important as network traffic grows. Even further, operators need to be able to predict where these bottlenecks may lie in the future—or they put their profitability at risk through errors in capacity planning.

And of course, the user has last word. If the user experience suffers because operators have difficulty understanding the state of their networks, those operators risk increasing churn and decreasing profitability.

Intelligent network management provides visibility and control
An intelligent NMS gives operators a faster, more accurate view of the network, including:

  • a structured, top-down view of how the network is currently configured
  • an understanding of recent network- and service-configuration changes
  • automated troubleshooting of service problems
  • trending of network utilization

Not just an afterthought
Traditionally, network management has been an add-on or afterthought. But network management becomes a strategic advantage when it’s considered an integral part of the network solution. With this approach, a network management solution can enable:

  • Less downtime, because NOC staff easily understands how the complicated, dynamic network is currently configured
  • More profitable planning, because operators can predict future bottlenecks, thus maximizing their return on existing investment and optimizing upcoming investments
  • Improved customer satisfaction, because troubleshooting is faster

Intelligent network management can truly provide differentiation and a competitive advantage as an integral part of the overall network solution – both in optical and mobile.

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*GMPLS = Generalized Multiple-Protocol Label Switching