As STL describes Microservices for Telco BSS/OSS are the next big thing as they allow separating any application or functioning into a bundle of independent functions running in separate docker containers.
The key benefit of running various components of BSS in the telecom domain and networks as microservices is that it can be launched, stopped, or restarted independently, meaning managing updates and scaling them each in virtual network function seamlessly without stopping the entire system.
Redhat defines a roadmap for modernizing legacy OSS for the Cloud Native OSS era.
The new environment will be microservices based. OSS and BSS functions will be instantiated as containerized microservices interconnected via a service mesh, guided by business policies and governance rules, and ultimately overseen by people. This architecture will eliminate silos and provide the underpinnings for continuous integration and continuous development (CI/CD).
Amdocs are applying the microservices architecture to the OSS/BSS layer, creating Microservices360 (MS360), an end-to-end carrier-grade accelerated microservices development platform for its own new generation of products, with a full SDK for cloud-native code development and deployment.
Other vendors like Accolite and Intraway are also fully embracing the trend. Accolite describes the benefits of their Cloud Native OSS architecture and Intraway are offering a SaaS-based OSS/BSS built on Cloud Native principles including ‘ChatOps’ features.