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RADCOM's MaveriQ Software to Help AT&T's Migration of Network Probe Functions

By Frank Griffin August 05, 2016

Telecom operators are migrating to software-based network systems to cope with the immense amount of data they have to manage. And as 5G is ready to come online in the next four years, they have to be fully ready to handle the deluge of information that is going to be carried on their networks. As part of that process of getting ready, AT&T just announced it is going to be using RADCOM's new service assurance software, MaveriQ, to migrate network probe functions to the cloud.

In order to boost its performance optimization as well as help identify and isolate network issues, AT&T is going to be using virtualizing service assurance functions as it continues to shift to network virtualization. By turning routers, switches as well as other network hardware into virtual network functions, AT&T will be ready to handle the current capacity and future demands. In addition to providing improved performance capability, the total cost of ownership is also lower because virtualization replaces custom hardware with software running on standard equipment.

Since AT&T announced its 2020 virtualization goal, the company has virtualized 5.7 percent of its infrastructure, and it is looking to reach 30 percent by the end of 2016. One way it is going to achieve this is using RADCOM's MaveriQ software so it can accelerate its goal.

Susan A. Johnson, senior vice president, AT&T Global Supply, said, “Our shift to a software-based network began a few years ago when we saw the exponential growth in traffic on our wireless and broadband networks. To keep up with that demand and scale our capacity, we needed to change our network to be more software-centric.”

The MaveriQ software will be used to deploy virtual probe (vProbe) as virtual network functions running on the AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC) to improve network visibility and performance monitoring. The functions of the vProbes will be integrated into AT&T's network through ECOMP, the company's infrastructure delivery platform that powers its software-centric network.

MaveriQ is a service assurance software with native cloud capabilities, scalability, performance and efficiency designed to help organizations make the network transition to virtualization as simple as possible while delivering high quality of service. It supports Terabit speed networks, which is more than enough for today's network speeds, but also suitable for what is coming in the pipeline.




Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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