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Fujitsu Launches FUJITSU Network Virtuora SP, Software for Automating Network Operations and Maintenance

Promptly provides customers with network services and reduced operating costs

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, February 24, 2016

Fujitsu today announced the launch of FUJITSU Network Virtuora SP, software that automates tasks such as network system operation and maintenance. Sales start in Japan from today.

By turning expertise with regard to tasks such as network systems operation and maintenance into scenarios that allow those tasks to be automated, Virtuora SP greatly reduces the time to start providing services to customers, as well as reducing operating costs.

Fujitsu aims to speed up customers' network service provision through software-defined networking (SDN) technology, and by providing network DevOps solutions(1) such as Virtuora SP, Fujitsu can support the total lifecycle of network services.

Background

In recent years, network operation and maintenance tasks have tended to become increasingly automated and sophisticated due to the implementation of SDN technology. At the same time, network system operation and maintenance tasks are becoming more complex, and there is an increasing need for highly specialized knowledge in on-site developers and operations and maintenance personnel. In addition, as experienced personnel decline in numbers, there are the issues of increased costs due to adding workers and diminished work quality when knowhow is not passed along. With the launch of Virtuora SP, the newest product in the Virtuora series, Fujitsu has improved the quality and speed of customers' service provision by automating tasks and compiling experience in operations and maintenance.

Features of Virtuora SP

Virtuora SP, as software that automates tasks such as network system operation and maintenance, offers two functions through its Policy Design Tool(2) and Policy Engine(3). The Policy Design Tool enables customers to define policies (individual settings defined by the customer) for their operations and maintenance tasks. The Policy Engine automates a variety of tasks, making network system operation and maintenance tasks easier, by setting schedules according to a defined policy.

1. Operators can easily write policy definitions

Policy definitions normally have to be described in a programming language, but using the Policy Design Tool, users can easily create a graphical workflow using standard Business Process Model and Notation(4) flowchart formatting, and define it as a policy. Moreover, they can also easily and quickly customize and tune these policies.

2. Complete interface necessary for network device operation

Using SSH/SCP(5) as well as REST(6), which are broadly used as standards, this software functions as a network device control interface and is able to collect and analyze the status of a variety of network devices and the traffic volume per port. It also enables control of such things as network line switch over and switch back.

3. Simulator that can test scenarios without preparing actual devices during testing

By using the simulator function, users can test the workflows they create in a virtual environment, even when it is difficult to prepare the system and the actual devices to be controlled, leading to reductions in time and cost compared to testing on actual devices.

Use Cases for Virtuora SP

When a network experiences a fault, it switches from the operating network line to a standby network line, and then back after the fault is repaired. Virtuora SP defines these tasks as policies, enabling automatic operation. In addition, it is possible to set the switch back to occur at night when communication data volume is low, or to set a threshold for data volume levels when the network is switched to prevent problems. In this way, tasks that had been performed by a dedicated manager can be automated.

Automation of the switchover from active to standby network route when a fault occurs, and of the switch backAutomation of the switchover from active to standby network route when a fault occurs, and of the switch back
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Retail Price

Starting from JPY 4.72 million (tax excl.)

Sales Target

Sales of JPY 4 billion by fiscal 2018 (Fujitsu's fiscal year ends at the end of March)


  • [1] Network DevOps solutions

    Solutions where Fujitsu co-creates the network with the customer and enables safe and efficient network development, testing, operation and maintenance.

  • [2] Policy Design Tool

    A development environment in Virtuora SP for customers to design and develop policies.

  • [3] Policy Engine

    The engine feature in Virtuora SP that handles policy operation and implementation.

  • [4] BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation)

    A standard graphical notation for expressing a business process as a workflow.

  • [5] SSH/SCP

    Protocols for safely communicating with remote computers using encryption and recognition technology.

  • [6] REST (Representational State Transfer)

    A resource-specification interface based on HTTP specification.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 159,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

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Date: 24 February, 2016
City: Tokyo
Company: Fujitsu Limited