A Vision for the Next Generation Platform-as-a-Service

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In an increasingly interconnected world, new opportunities for telecom-based services are emerging. Innovative applications profit from cloud versatility and
scalability, but require a platform to combine the optimized 5G network fabric with the advancements in the domain of cloud computing, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). In this multi-domain context, we find that available service platforms are lagging, because they tend to be tightly coupled to a constrained set of technologies. In practice, we need the flexibility to deploy different microservices over a heterogeneous range of infrastructure types, aggregating various virtualization, orchestration and control mechanisms. Moreover, the integration of the service requires collaboration
among a wide mix of actors (e.g. developers, operators, hardware/software vendors, infrastructure/service providers or vertical integrators). We propose a next-generation Platform-asa-Service (NGPaaS), devised as a modular framework for the development and operation of network services, while targeting a high degree of both customization and automation. The presented architecture is built around a workflow-based orchestrator which coordinates custom-built tasks across a
tailored group of specialized infrastructure or platforms. We also explain how NGPaaS enhances DevOps-principles, to achieve a more efficient integration process across the many isolated administrative domains in the modern telco landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum
Number of pages6
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-4982-4
StateAccepted/In press - 2018
Event2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum - Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Santa Clara, United States
Duration: 9 Jul 201811 Jul 2018


Conference2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum
LocationHyatt Regency Santa Clara
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Clara
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    Research areas

  • NFV, SDN, 5G, PaaS Architecture, DevOps, Devfor-Operations
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