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

Steven Van Rossem, Bessem Sayadi, Laurent Roullet, Angelos Mimidis Kentis, Michele Paolino, Paul Veitch, Bela Berde, Ignacio Labrador, Aurora Ramos, Wouter Tavernier, Eder Ollora Zaballa, José Soler

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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
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-4982-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum : Cloud native 5G Workshop - Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Sta. Clara, United States
Duration: 9 Jul 201811 Jul 2018
Conference number: 1


Conference2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum
LocationHyatt Regency Santa Clara
CountryUnited States
CitySta. Clara
Internet address


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

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