IBM has introduced hybrid cloud AI-powered automation software for communications service providers (CSPs) to help in providing 5G with reduced costs, zero touch operations, and quick delivery of innovative services to clients.

With the help of IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation, CSPs can use AI-powered automation to stand up and manage networks rapidly, in a wide range of environments. These are engineered to scale new services in days instead of months.

As per the IBM Institute for Business Value study, around 82% of CSPs surveyed identified faster time-to-market of new services as the most necessary aspect for successful automation initiatives. IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation is engineered to run a huge range of environments on Red Hat OpenShift.

It also delivers a full suite of AI-powered automation capabilities to implement 5G and edge services by handling multi-vendor software-based network functions. The software integrates AIOps, machine learning, and advanced analytics to help CSPs in finding hidden trends and patterns in networking data so they can continuously optimize network operations and performance without major human intervention.

CSPs can automate the delivery of resources where they are required dynamically with the integration of IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps and edge solutions including IBM Edge Application Manager.

Benefits To CSPs With The Addition Of IBM Cloud Pack For Network Automation To The IBM Cloud Pak Portfolio

  • Intent-driven orchestration – models the required optimal operational state of a network that is automatically created instead of preprogramming workflows
  • Closed-loop operations – paired with the IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps, operators could realize a feedback loop between assurance and orchestration as they evolve to zero-touch or lights-out operations
  • Automated service design and testing – automation for the service itself and all underlying resources for test, pre-production, and production environments
  • Generalized network lifecycle monitoring – develops and automates vendor-agnostic models of virtual, physical, and container network functions
  • Real-time view of live network performance – access to real-time view of all network and cloud infrastructures to monitor network uptime, faster-automated problem resolution, and performance optimization

General Manager’s Take

Photo Andrew Coward, General Manager, Software Defined Networking, IBM
“As the telco industry races to capture new value from 5G and Edge computing, many are transforming their networks to software-defined platforms that can deliver on this promise,” said Andrew Coward, General Manager, Software Defined Networking, IBM. 

General Manager at IBM, Software Defined Networking, Andrew Coward, said that as the telco industry is all set to capture new value from edge computing and 5G, many of them are transforming their networks to software-defined platforms that can keep up the promise. He further said that the customers of IBM have found out that limited automation and the lack of real-time visibility over networks have hampered their ability to provide innovative services to customers quickly.

Mr. Coward concluded by saying that to help in fulfilling the growing demands, IBM’s new Cloud Pak for Network Automation software works on AI-powered automation to authorize zero-touch provisioning of new services which can simplify the management of network functions from the core to the edge.