Netcracker Technology has announced the launch of what it claims is the industry’s first end-to-end, cloud-based SDN/NFV and IT solution – from VNFs to orchestration, OSS, BSS, portals and a digital marketplace – as a service.
The solution, Netcracker Business Cloud, eliminates the time, cost and complexity barriers service providers typically face in deploying cloud-based applications and virtual connectivity services, the company says.
Netcracker Business Cloud, as part of its end-to-end offering, also includes comprehensive consulting and go-to-market services, making it a full turnkey solution.
Netcracker Business Cloud offers deployment flexibility using Netcracker’s cloud or a multi-cloud environment comprised of a service provider’s private cloud and public clouds, with Netcracker taking responsibility for the end-to-end service.
For large service providers with OpCo and ServCo models, Netcracker Business Cloud offers the flexibility to host the solution in a single location and deliver it as a service to the affiliates, enabling them to offer next-gen B2B services quickly. While it is a full-stack solution, its microservices-based architecture allows operators to use only parts of the solution they need to further augment or replace their own cloud solutions.
Netcracker Business Cloud also has a broad range of service packages that are ready to go, leveraging an extensive set of pre-integrated VNF and cloud partners from its Ecosystem 2.0 program. By bundling cloud connectivity services, such as SD-WAN, with value-added network services, enterprise and IoT applications, service providers can create and launch highly differentiated enterprise and vertical-specific offerings in a matter of weeks.
“The time has come for service providers to adopt new approaches when offering virtual network services and cloud applications, as the traditional CSP approach of ‘do it and build it all yourself’ takes too long and is too expensive,” said Karl Whitelock, VP of communications service provider operations and monetization at IDC. “When B2B customers are moving at the speed of the digital economy, time-to-market becomes a critical success factor. Solutions such as Netcracker’s Business Cloud, which can be deployed in a matter of weeks not years, address this challenge, enabling service providers to rapidly seize new business opportunities without significant disruption to the business.”
“The business, sales and marketing organizations within CSPs that are responsible for B2B revenue growth have often been frustrated by the slow pace of network and IT transformation that is holding them back from quickly offering a new and diverse set of connectivity and value-added services to the B2B market,” said Sanjay Mewada, chief strategy officer at Netcracker. “CSPs now have a choice to start offering virtual services and cloud-based enterprise applications much more quickly, with flexible commercial and operational models.”