Netcracker Active Resource Inventory - Netcracker Active Resource Inventory on AWS

Netcracker Active Resource Inventory

Netcracker Active Resource Inventory delivers consolidated, real-time visibility of telco multi-level resources and infrastructure, including physical and logical networks, devices and technologies, adjacent numeric resources and asset data, virtual and cloud network functions and slices,as well as telco software workloads running on AWS. It serves as a consistent, accurate source of data for the entire BSS/OSS and enterprise application ecosystem.

The system offers a fully open solution, configurable and technology-agnostic, which allows for the quick introduction and support of new network technologies including 5G New Radio and Core, Open vRAN, ,and SD-WAN. It enables YANG-based data modelling with OpenConfig, IETF standard-based model. Full explanations of all these terms are in the glossary at the end of this White Paper.

Screenshot of the Netcracker Active Resource Inventory Graphical User Interface

Netcracker Active Resource Inventory Graphical UI Screenshot

Active Resource Inventory provides an end-to-end multi-layer view of physical and logical resource inventory, location management, equipment management, number management, capacity management and IT infrastructure management.

It offers rich graphical UI, enabling friendly views of network topology, properly positioned on a geospatial (GIS) background map, of devices and racks properly positioned on a floor plan, and circuit visualization. It also offers real-time discovery and synchronization with network via support of various dynamic protocols, including BGP-LS, LLDP, NETCONF, CLI. Network workload running on AWS infrastructure are updated dynamically and reflected in the end-to-end topology. Full explanations of all these terms are in the glossary at the end of this whitepaper.

It can act as a central inventory system across all a provider’s assets as well as address the needs of a specific domain, technology or equipment. The module feeds planning, operations, support & readiness (OS&R), fulfillment, assurance, revenue management and ERP processes with precise and truthful data.

Screenshot of Netcracker Active Resource Inventory Network Topology

Netcracker Active Resource Inventory Network Topology Screenshot

Netcracker Active Resource Inventory enables each network domain to be self-sufficient and fully automated. Below are highlights of Active Resource Inventory as applied in select domains.

  • Open vRAN domain: Netcracker Active Resource Inventory enables the smooth adoption of virtual and cloud 5G RAN. It offers up-to-date inventory of hardware, for example, remote radio heads (RRH) and cell site gateways, and of software components, including RIC, CU, DU, RU, slices. To help rollout new access networks, it consolidates inputs from many sources including RF planning systems for physical radio parameters, vCU/DU EMS for configuration parameters and assurance systems for load performance, usage statistics and quality degradation. The resulting end-to-end view can be visualized in different ways, including real time geo views to highlight the most problematic or business critical RAN zones. Full explanations of all these terms are in the glossary at the end of this whitepaper.

  • Edge domain: Netcracker Active Resource Inventory also consolidates information about SD-WAN, SD-LAN, SD-WiFi and Edge Cloud. It serves as an umbrella system with multilayer cross-domain topology and performs cross-domain event correlation. It stores information about the available resources – virtual machines, routers, servers, HW CPEs; L3 overlay topology inventory - interfaces, IP Addresses, VLANs/VXLANs; correlation of events in routed L3 network with on-premises workloads, and xNFs running on AWS; VNF/CNF Inventory – uCPE, running on AWS Outposts and in AWS regions. It is designed to make self-serve service management easy enough for providers to successfully grow in the SMB market and strengthen their role in enterprises. Full explanations of all these terms are in the glossary at the end of this whitepaper.

Screenshot of Netcracker Active Resource Inventory Geo View

Netcracker Active Resource Inventory Geo View Screenshot

  • Core domain: Netcracker Active Resource Inventory manages topology across virtual, containerized, logical resources, licenses as well as slices at a domain level. It spans 4G, 5G, and vIMS. It supports offload of core functions to the edge with multi-cloud deployment capabilities and location management, including NFx workload placement between AWS Outposts and AWS Regions. Active resource inventory solution becomes the key enabler of zero-touch provisioning, orchestration and assurance of Core xNFs and slice subnets. A range of pre-onboarded descriptors for major vendors speeds up the TTM and reduces cost. Full explanations of all these terms are in the glossary at the end of this whitepaper.

  • Network transport domain: Netcracker Active Resource Inventory stores (and keeps up-to-date) information on links, interfaces, NEs, numeric resource, DWDM and OTN equipment, L1-L3 topology. It distinguishes between those which are updated in real time for next-gen services like Bandwidth-On-Demand, and those which are static. The southbound integrations can be direct or via EMS/NMS – using REST APIs. The solution allows for automation of daily complex manual and error-prone operations. Customers use it to launch new B2B services and to cut costs with reducing overprovisioning of services. Full explanations of all these terms are in the glossary at the end of this whitepaper.

  • Across Network and IT: Each domain Active Resource Inventory consolidates information about network and IT resources. It acts as a single point of contact for northbound requests to achieve full-service automation. The solution breaks down those requests into segment-specific requests to a fully-integrated AWS solution, CISMs, SDN Controllers and EMS systems. Netcracker Active Resource Inventory supports resource discovery functionality via the southbound REST API/TMF 639 interface for both IT and Telco resources. As the result, service providers can optimize xNF placement and cost of IT infrastructure. Full explanations of all these terms are in the glossary at the end of this whitepaper.