Containerized 5G Infrastructure Visibility

Posted by Marshall England on Mar 26, 2021 10:57:01 AM

How to Get Visibility into 5G SA Ephemeral and Cloud-native Network Resources 

Cloud native and containerized architectures are becoming the de facto design standard for 5G networks and applications. In the telecommunications industry, the players are focused on building out 5G Stand Alone (SA) deployments to deliver the promise of faster connection speeds to enable IoT, medical, autonomous use cases - not to mention improved communications, support the streaming of real-time content and the promise of a myriad of new applications and services. As we work with Tier 1 operators, MVNOs and analytics providers we are encountering a staggering issue: they can no longer adequately monitor, correlate, and measure critical network and application communications events at the container level and across the infrastructure.

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Tags: Real-Time Monitoring, mantis, cybersecurity, cloud native network function, 5G

Gaining Visibility into the 5G SBA

Posted by Mike Fecher on Sep 15, 2020 10:15:59 AM

One of the biggest drivers that has impacted the design of 5G systems is the goal of providing extremely low latency and high-speed data rates throughout the entire network. The increase in data delivery speeds with 5G environments promises staggering benefits- we are talking about moving from the 1 Gbps world of 4G into a promised 10 Gbps future- or more simply put, an evolution akin to shifting from the horse and buggy to internal combustion engines. Such an enormous jump in the speed at which the world’s most valuable resource (data) can be exchanged helps explain the amount of energy and excitement around 5G that we are all collectively experiencing.

But how does this translate into architecture principles?

Leaving carrier aggregation (CA) and massive MIMO aside for another conversation, we will focus on the network itself. For starters, the 3GPP determined early on that the control plane (CP) and user plane (UP) must be split (across both the RAN and the core) so that each plane can be independently scaled and flexibly deployed. In addition to this split, the decision to take a NFV/SDN, or “cloud-native” approach to the underlying resources is critical in achieving the promised speeds of 5G. Cloud-native allows for centralization of compute resources, and optimization of all physical resources that are serving network functions (NF), regardless of location in the network.

NF communications within the SBA

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Tags: mantis, containers, cloud native network function, 5G

What is Cloud Native Observability v. Visibility and Why is it so Important?

Posted by Peter Dougherty on Aug 31, 2020 12:19:17 PM

In our last post “Introducing the MantisNet CVF: Solving Cloud Native, Serverless, Observability Challenges“ we provided an overview of the Containerized Visibility Fabric (CVF) capabilities and made some assertions about how revolutionary and disruptive cloud-native technologies are, the resulting opacity problems, as well the art of the possible insofar as enabling next-generation observability.

In this installment we’ll go into more detail as to what exactly we mean by cloud-native observability as well as the significance, deeper implications of it, interoperability and investment protection. So, let’s revisit containerization, and by extension, why cloud-native observability is so revolutionary.

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Tags: Real-Time Monitoring, Data-In-Motion, mantis, cybersecurity, containers, cloud native network function

Introducing the MantisNet CVF: Solving Cloud Native, Serverless, Observability Challenges

Posted by Peter Dougherty on Aug 7, 2020 11:59:56 AM

The MantisNet Containerized Visibility Fabric (CVF) is now generally available, and we want to provide a deeper dive into the challenges that we’ve seen with network visibility which compelled us to develop this much needed cloud native observability solution.

As we will discuss more deeply in this and future posts; serverless, cloud native systems are unique in that applications are deployed as microservices and containerized applications which can both more fully exploit the capabilities of the underlying machines and are further decoupled from the constraints of hypervisors. This provides programmatic visibility and access to the underlying nodes (hardware - machines) in such a way as to enable better scaling, fault isolation, observability and control.

In the cloud native world; network topology (physical and virtual) is hidden, interfaces (network namespaces) are hidden, data flows are hidden, and to make matters even more challenging - resources are dynamically configured, provisioned, deployed and reused.

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Tags: Real-Time Monitoring, mantis, containers, cloud native network function