Tier-1 Service Provider Deploys Spirent VisonWorks for Network Automation Enablement

First deployment of VisionWorks new cloud-native architecture enables fast, cost-effective automation of service assurance workflows in physical and virtual networks

CRAWLEY, UK, 21 February, 2018: Spirent Communications plc (LSE:SPT), the world leader in lifecycle service assurance, today announced that a tier-1 service provider has selected Spirent VisionWorks to automate its service assurance workflows for enterprise customers. The service provider selected VisionWorks for its ability to rapidly and cost-effectively automate service assurance workflows, helping to keep operational costs in check as enterprise services ramp up. The multi-million dollar network automation project represents the world’s first deployment of a true cloud-native service assurance solution featuring virtual test agents (VTAs) in lieu of physical probes. The deployment, which is currently underway, will enable network automation for both physical and early-stage virtual infrastructure.

VisionWorks features a cloud-native architecture that leverages the latest open source data buses and frameworks. The architecture simplifies integration of service assurance functions with network management and back-office operational systems, enabling complete automation of workflows without the need for time-consuming and expensive custom software development. Automation benefits include faster on-boarding of new enterprise customers, better service quality at turn-up and rapid resolution of SLA issues after turn-up. Furthermore, virtual test agents (VTAs) may be instantiated on-demand on white boxes or network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi) throughout the network. The shift to virtualized, on-demand VTAs reduces the need to deploy expensive, fixed physical probes, lowering the cost of deploying service assurance and accelerating detection and resolution of complex service issues.

“As leading providers seek to scale up their enterprise services, they’re realizing network automation is required to stop operational costs from scaling at the same pace,” said Dave Stehlin, General Manager of Spirent’s Lifecycle Service Assurance segment. “Historically, automation of physical and early-stage virtual networks has been time consuming and expensive. VisionWorks makes network automation fast and cost-effective with a cloud-native architecture that leverages open source initiatives to simplify the integration of service assurance functions with network and back-office systems.”

VisionWorks is part of Spirent’s Lifecycle Service Assurance (LSA) suite. For more information on LSA and VisionWorks, please visit our website; and to learn more about the network automation benefits of cloud-native service assurance, download our latest ebook ‘The Benefits of Cloud-Native Service Assurance for Today's Networks’.