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Cisco Makes Changes to Its Network Services Orchestrator Technology

Networking giant Cisco took advantage of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) to announce a new feature for its Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) technology. The feature, known as Layered Services Architecture (LSA), is designed to increase horizontal scalability and performance on the company’s service orchestration platform. MWC 2017 is running this week — Feb. 27-March 2 — in Barcelona, Spain.

The goal of LSA is to give providers the ability to manage as many as 1 million devices connected to a single network at once, according to the company.

“As service providers look towards demands of cloud-scale networking, their legacy management tools and process are stretched to a breaking point of scalability and complexity,” the company said in a statement. “Cisco NSO with LSA gives service providers the capability to manage over one million devices in their networks.”

Network Automation for Service Providers

Cisco’s NSO service is designed to help companies automate network functions and simplify their operations. Many service providers use the NSO platform to automate services across both traditional and virtualized networks, often in situations involving multivendor networks, according to the company.

Network automation can allow service providers to cut activation time from months to minutes, Cisco said. It also lets enterprises create, modify, and remove services in real time using data models and transaction-based network changes.

The ability to make changes to a network on the fly, modify services, and reconfigure devices while in live production is another important feature of network automation, particularly when it comes to maintaining consistent service and uptime.

NSO allows enterprises to automate more than 50 percent to 70 percent of their customers’ operations workflows, while offering full life cycle management for designing, updating, and deleting network services, according to Cisco.

More than 10 Billion Devices

But that proposition has become more difficult as the number of networked devices…

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