AT&T ECOMP initiative leans on DCAE for SDN, NFV goals

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AT&T detailed the DCAE work within its ECOMP initiative as key to its goal of tapping SDN and NFV for greater control over network resources

AT&T’s push into gaining software control of its network has led to a number of innovations for the telecom space, with one of the more recent examples coming from its enhanced control, orchestration, management and policy project.

AT&T said the ECOMP initiative, which was unveiled in March, is designed to automate network services and infrastructure running in a cloud environment. The carrier had been working on the project for two years, tackling the initiative due to a lack of guidance for network functions virtualization and software-defined networking deployments in a wide area network environment.

As part of the project, AT&T in a blog post recently detailed its data collection, analytics and events component, which it said was a key aspect to the ECOMP program. Mazin Gilbert, assistant VP for intelligent systems and platform research at AT&T Labs, explained DCAE was “responsible for collecting, managing, storing and analyzing data for an ecosystem of control loop automation systems and network and cloud services.”

Read more at RCR Wireless News.