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OSS that make men feel more masculine and in command

"From watching ESPN, I'd learned about the power of information bombardment. ESPN strafes its viewers with an almost hysterical amount of data and details. Scrolling boxes. Panels. Bars. Graphics. Multi-angle camera perspectives. When exposed to a surfeit of data, men tend to feel more masculine and in command. Do most men bother to decipher these boxes, panels, bars and graphics? …

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Old Assurance Architecture

Moving from traditional assurance to AIOps, what are the differences?

We're going to look into assurance models of the past versus the changing assurance demands that are appearing these days. The diagrams below are highly stylised for discussion purposes so they're unlikely to reflect actual implementations, but we'll get to that. Under the old model, the heart of the OSS/BSS was the database (almost exclusively a relational database). It would …

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Is your service assurance really service assurance?? (Part 6)

Seems this post from last week has triggered some really interesting debate - Is your service assurance really service assurance?? (Part 5). It was a post that looked into collecting end-to-end service metrics rather than our traditional method of collecting network device events/metrics and trying to reverse-engineer to form a service-level perspective. Thought I'd give you an update. I'm thinking …

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Going to the OSS zoo

"There's the famous quote that if you want to understand how animals live, you don't go to the zoo, you go to the jungle. The Future Lab has really pioneered that within Lego, and it hasn't been a theoretical exercise. It's been a real design-thinking approach to innovation, which we've learned an awful lot from." Jorgen Vig Knudstorp. This quote …

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Is your service assurance really service assurance?? (Part 5)

In yesterday's fourth part of this series about modern network service assurance, we wrote this: I also just stumbled upon OpenTelemetry, an open source project designed to capture traces / metrics / logs from apps / microservices. It intrigued me because just as you have the concept of traces / metrics / logs for apps, you similarly have traces / …

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Is your service assurance really service assurance?? (Part 4)

Yesterday's post introduced the concept of active measurements as the better method for monitoring and assuring customer services. Like the rest of this series, it borrowed from an interesting white paper from the Netrounds team titled, “Reimagining Service Assurance in the Digital Service Provider Era.” Interestingly, I also just stumbled upon OpenTelemetry, an open source project designed to capture traces / …

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Is your service assurance really service assurance?? (Part 3)

Yep, this is the third part, so that might suggest that there were two lead-up articles prior to this one. Well, you'd be right: The first proposed that most of what we refer to as "service assurance" is really only "network infrastructure" assurance. The second then looked at the constraints we face in trying to reverse-engineer "network infrastructure" assurance into …

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Is your service assurance really service assurance?? (Part 2)

In yesterday's article, we asked whether what many know as service assurance can rightfully be called service assurance. Yesterday's, like today's, post was inspired by an interesting white paper from the Netrounds team titled, "Reimagining Service Assurance in the Digital Service Provider Era." Below are three insightful tables from the Netrounds white paper: Table 1 looks at the typical components …

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Is your service assurance really service assurance??

I just came across an interesting white paper from the Netrounds team titled, "Reimagining Service Assurance in the Digital Service Provider Era." You can find a copy here. It's well worth a read, so much so that I'll unpack a few of the concepts it contains in a series of articles this week. It rightly points out that, "Alarms and …

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