SONATA hosted recently in Madrid a workshop on Zero-Touch Network Service Management (ZTNSM), with the participation of representatives of more than twenty organizations, from industry and academia. This workshop was a result of an ongoing discussion within the network management community about how to leverage the new Software Network technologies to increase network management automation, and address the challenges that the advent of 5G will bring.
ZTNSM is conceived as a next-generation network and service management system that leverages the principles of NFV and SDN. ZTNSM will be designed for the new, cloud-based network infrastructures and functions, and based on cloud-native principles to address zero-touch (fully automated) management and operation. It is intended to integrate together OAM (Operations Administration and Maintenance), EMS (Element Management System) and OSS (Operations Support System) components, and to address the scale challenges of the future 5G management environment.
As a result of this workshop, several of the participant organizations are seeking to start a standardization activity focused on these aspects. We can consider this coming standardization activities as one of the main industrial results SONATA has contributed to, that will continue to be influenced by SONATA results, and constitute a forum for future standardization of 5GPPP project results, especially of 5GTANGO as a continuator of the SONATA efforts in service management automation based on advanced orchestration.
More on SONATA and ZTNSM here.