Service provider networks possess a wealth of information (network intelligence) relative to subscribers, applications and network state. Attempts to leverage this intelligence have, in the past, fallen short. The potential gain associated with network intelligence is significant. Additionally, new network technologies such as NFV and SDN, provide new possibilities for network and application optimization.
This focus group report has taken a “use case” approach in analyzing how network intelligence can be better leveraged in the network. Eleven different use cases have been analyzed. For each use case, both the network data inputs as well as potential outputs/network actions were considered to better leverage network intelligence.