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Key Technologies in the Context of Future Networks: Operational and Management Requirements

Group of Analysis, Security and Systems (GASS), Department of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence (DISIA), Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Office 431, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Calle Profesor José García Santesmases , 9, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editor: Dino Giuli
Future Internet 2017, 9(1), 1;
Received: 11 September 2016 / Revised: 24 November 2016 / Accepted: 7 December 2016 / Published: 22 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Collection Information Systems Security)
The concept of Future Networks is based on the premise that current infrastructures require enhanced control, service customization, self-organization and self-management capabilities to meet the new needs in a connected society, especially of mobile users. In order to provide a high-performance mobile system, three main fields must be improved: radio, network, and operation and management. In particular, operation and management capabilities are intended to enable business agility and operational sustainability, where the addition of new services does not imply an excessive increase in capital or operational expenditures. In this context, a set of key-enabled technologies have emerged in order to aid in this field. Concepts such as Software Defined Network (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Self-Organized Networks (SON) are pushing traditional systems towards the next 5G network generation.This paper presents an overview of the current status of these promising technologies and ongoing works to fulfill the operational and management requirements of mobile infrastructures. This work also details the use cases and the challenges, taking into account not only SDN, NFV, cloud computing and SON but also other paradigms. View Full-Text
Keywords: 5G; future network; NFV; SDN 5G; future network; NFV; SDN
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Barona López, L.I.; Valdivieso Caraguay, Á.L.; Sotelo Monge, M.A.; García Villalba, L.J. Key Technologies in the Context of Future Networks: Operational and Management Requirements. Future Internet 2017, 9, 1.

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