Orchestrated Assurance: Closed-loop Automated Troubleshooting and Healing

This video illustrates Orchestrated Assurance principles focusing on service troubleshooting and healing.

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Cisco Orchestrated Assurance powered by Netrounds At a Glance

Netrounds Orchestrated Assurance Solution Brief

Cisco Orchestrated Assurance powered by Netrounds Solution Overview

Orchestrated Assurance Use Case and Benefits Whitepaper

What if you could automatically verify that each provisioned service works when delivered and continues to work throughout its lifetime?

Service assurance and quality insights are among the foremost drivers of profitability for service providers; however, testing and monitoring from an end-user perspective using traditional, resource-focused assurance solutions is practically impossible as the connection between the network resources and the service consumed by the end-user cannot be accurately defined. To further complicate matters for service providers, networks are becoming increasingly software-defined and dynamic, with frequent updates and changes, workload relocation and resource sharing.

Customers today also expect immediate and flawless service turn-up. This expectation creates high demands to deliver the service “right the first time.” To achieve this goal of agile, assured service creation and delivery, active testing must be an integral part of the service provisioning process.

In addition to these challenges, today’s bandwidth- and media-intensive services require a consistently high level of quality. An inability to monitor and assure end-to-end service quality from the end-user’s perspective will lead to customer dissatisfaction and churn. Active, multilayer monitoring is therefore required to gain real-time insights into service quality.

To address the challenges that service providers are facing with service assurance in existing and emerging networks, the concept of Orchestrated Assurance was developed together with Cisco in ETSI NFV PoC #36. The model-driven Orchestrated Assurance methodology is designed to bridge the gap between service fulfillment and assurance, where end-to-end activation tests and monitoring scenarios are defined at the service design stage and automated throughout the full service lifecycle in closed-feedback loops.

Learn more about the challenges Orchestrated Assurance solves in our whitepaper with Cisco below.

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“Integrating the Netrounds active testing and monitoring component with a proven orchestration system will allow increased agility for faster delivery of assured services and to take advantage of new business opportunities more quickly. Automatically verifying delivery of service quality as expected by customers will be of critical importance for staying competitive today and in the dynamic, software-defined environment of tomorrow.”

– Patrick Waldemar, Vice President and Head of Technology, Telenor Research

Benefits of Orchestrated Assurance

Actively verify services work after provisioned by
Cisco NSO

Generate real-world traffic to ensure services are delivered correctly before they are exposed to end users and deliver birth certificates to key stakeholders.

Reduce manual and field test efforts

Automate test sequences and use remote troubleshooting to reduce manual field efforts, dispatching technicians to fix problems, not to find them.

Help ensure that provisioned services continue to work throughout their lifetime

Get service quality insights from the end-user perspective through active, real-time measurements.

Resolve problems faster

Take advantage of remote testing capabilities; automate advanced test scenarios through Cisco NSO; and test across layers, services, and domains.

Get started easily today

Netrounds’ components are easily installed and interwork with the network devices already deployed in your network. In addition, Cisco NSO has a prebuilt integration module to enable full Netrounds automation.

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What does the solution look like?

Cisco Orchestrated Assurance powered by Netrounds includes two main Netrounds components:

  • Netrounds Control Center with relevant feature packs
  • Netrounds Test Agents with active traffic-generation capabilities

To automate and orchestrate testing and monitoring through Netrounds Control Center using NSO, a prebuilt network element driver (NED) for NSO is used. In addition, Netrounds Test Agents can be dynamically deployed on virtualized compute hosts on demand.

Netrounds Control Center

Netrounds Control Center provides a graphical designer environment for developers to build activation testing templates and other automatable test sequences. NSO triggers these templates using the NETCONF and YANG API to achieve closed-loop automation.

The Netrounds Control Center GUI environment also presents test reports, alarms, and real-time key performance indicators (KPIs) of actual end-user experience through dashboards and drill-down charts. Ongoing monitoring with errored-second calculations and SLA compliance indicators are visible on the dashboard. The dynamic Test Agent inventory is also viewable in the Control Center, and Test Agents will automatically appear in the inventory when they are connected to the network using a call-home method.

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Netrounds Test Agents

All testing and monitoring activities are performed using traffic-generating Netrounds Test Agents remotely located at strategic locations in your network.

Test Agents actively generate authentic traffic and analyze detailed, real-time measurements across multiple applications, services, and interfaces. Test Agents support concurrent measurement of network performance (UDP, TCP, Y.1731, and TWAMP), IPTV and OTT video, and the Internet (HTTP, ping, and Speedtest), as well as VoIP and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) telephony.

All Test Agents are centrally managed and updated from the Netrounds Control Center using an automated call-home mechanism.

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More Orchestrated Assurance Content

Assuring and Troubleshooting Business VPNs Webinar

In this Cisco Knowledge Network webinar, we cover a real-life use case example of assuring and troubleshooting business VPNs. We address the customer challenges, how to deploy Orchestrated Assurance within the customer network to successfully deliver a new, assured business VPN and then troubleshoot that service once a network issue arises, which test and monitors should be created and utilized to assure the VPN, which key metrics will be collected and reported using these, and the outcomes and Orchestrated Assurance solution ROI for this business case. A live demo is also included.

Cisco Orchestrated Assurance Powered by Netrounds Explained

Watch this video to learn how Cisco Orchestrated Assurance powered by Netrounds solves the assurance challenges of today’s dynamic network environments. How does Orchestrated Assurance help you to lower operational costs while driving revenue with new assured services?

Orchestration YANG Data Model Map

This orchestration map outlines the Orchestration YANG Data Model for Cisco Orchestrated Assurance powered by Netrounds and the interaction between Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) and Netrounds Control Center.

Operational Imperative of Automated Active Testing and Monitoring Whitepaper

Download the white paper from Cisco and Netrounds and learn more about the business impact and ROI of Orchestrated Assurance!

Orchestrated Assurance: Closed-loop Automated Troubleshooting and Healing

This video will illustrate Orchestrated Assurance principles focusing on service troubleshooting and healing.