The Importance of VIM

The needs of your business are the driving force when dynamically mapping the physical resources of your infrastructure to the application, even if those needs are changing and evolving. It’s important to aggregate your servers along with network and storage into a pool of IT resources that can be used by the application when needed. This will optimize resources and provide greater flexibility in the organization.  This will result in lower capital and operational costs. 

A virtual infrastructure system allows you to share the physical resources of multiple machines across your entire infrastructure, providing maximum efficiency. That’s why virtual infrastructure management (VIM) is so important.

Lifecycle Management For Virtualized And Distributed Architecture In Cable Networks

An integrated solution was presented that allows the MSO to manage the lifecycle of distributed architecture devices in a cable network. This targets the control and automation of the fulfillment, maintenance, and assurance process. Typically, 200 to 500 RPDs might be connected to a single CCAP, this poses operational challenges in configuration and monitoring for the MSO. 

This solution allows:

– The ability to control and automatize the attainment E2E process including,  but not limited to RPD and Core Provisioning.

– The ability to keep an active inventory of elements that were implemented.

– Interaction with operational tools at the MSO such as firmware management to guarantee working operations and integration.

– The ability to utilize bottom-up provisioning, which includes the validation of installing parameters and generation of birth certificates for the RPDs.

– The ability to supply access to monitoring and telemetry data to external platforms from standard APIs.

– Evolution into the monitoring and telemetry of the RPDs in the network to trigger maintenance or dynamic changes in the network.

– The support of the engineering function during migration to DA and network design.

This solution has three different modules that can be used together or on their own. One of these modules is Virtual Infrastructure (VIM). 

Virtual Infastructure (VIM)

This module was designed to control the “design time” throughout the use of RPDs. This includes the process of operations in relation to the launch of new RPDs in the field.  As well as the definition of the migration strategy from standard fiber nodes to RPD nodes. Utilizing traffic engineering rules to control the definition of how the RPDs are going to be configured and distributed between the different physical or virtual CCAP Cores. This process of engineering and design makes the input to the VIO or RPD provisioning tool for actual deployment. 

Using this approach in combination or alone can result in multiple benefits and functionalities. These include reducing time to implement and manage the configuration of a distributed architecture by more than 40 percent. Along with minimizing the human error that can occur during the design process while making optimal utilization of the network resources. It can also provide immediate feedback on the quality of installation to a field technician and more. These are only a few of the benefits and functionalities.

Managing over 55 million devices deployed in 22 countries over 3 continents, our solutions help improve communications service providers’ profitability, time-to-market, and customer experience. In other words, we unleash the full potential of networks by adding the latest cutting-edge functionalities while reducing operational costs.

Contact us today to learn more about VIM and how it can benefit you.

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