Hewlett Packard Enterprise Simplifies NFV Operations for Communications Service Providers

JANUARY 14, 2016 • News Advisory

New HPE Service Director helps CSPs manage hybrid NFV environments, enabling CAPEX and OPEX reductions

PALO ALTO, Calif., January 14, 2016 Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced HPE Service Director, a new end-to-end service operations solution designed to help communications service providers (CSPs) manage services across hybrid networks. HPE Service Director enables automation, providing a simplified approach to managing services in network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments by bridging existing physical and new virtualized environments. This new offering expands upon HPE NFV Directors management and orchestration (MANO) capabilities.


NFV promises significant business benefits to CSPs, where service agility can drive increased revenue by enabling new services to be launched more rapidly and at a lower cost. However, current OSS setups and the coexistence of physical and virtual infrastructure can introduce obstacles that hinder service agility, slowing time-to-market. Such inhibitors require a new approach to end-to-end service operations.


There is a clear industry need for an end-to-end service orchestration capability that spans the NFV MANO and existing OSS silos, is model-driven and ties together fulfillment and assurance, said Caroline Chappell, principal analyst, NFV and Cloud, Heavy Reading. Such a capability is emerging as key to the accelerated and agile delivery of services across a hybrid physical and virtual network.


Revolutionizing operations for hybrid networks

Providing unified operation of existing NFV orchestrators and traditional OSS assets, HPE Service Director is a natural extension to HPEs OpenNFV portfolio. HPE Service Director features include:



  • Automation Enabling closed-loop automation of assurance and fulfillment for unified operations




  • Shared information Utilizing common data to help ensure quality and accuracy and single pane of glass management, providing a comprehensive view to improve productivity




  • Dynamic service descriptors Providing open, flexible modeling of services, their relationships and their behavior, to drive operational agility




  • Openness Delivering the ability to interface with third-party components, including SDN controllers and policy engines, to enable dynamic, highly personalized modes of service delivery




There is no such thing as a greenfield NFV implementation, said David Sliter, vice president and general manager, Communications & Media Solutions, HPE. HPE Service Director is a transformational change in the relationship between assurance and fulfillment, allowing the OSS resource pool to be treated, automated and managed as a service. Our approach provides a more dynamic service model, enabling CSPs to bridge existing physical and new environments and dramatically improve their service agility.


HPE Service Director joins existing HPE OpenNFV portfolio offerings, including production ready NFV platforms and orchestration solutions, a rich ecosystem of virtual network functions (VNF) partners and solutions that are pre-integrated in the HPE OpenNFV Labs, and transformation consulting and services. HPE Service Director extends the HPE OpenNFV portfolio to provide agile management of services across both NFV-enabled and traditional CSP infrastructure.



HPE Service Director 1.0 will be available worldwide in early 2016. Pre-configured solutions addressing specific use cases will be delivered as extensions to the base product, starting with HPE Service Director for vCPE 1.0.


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