What is Leitstand?
Leitstand is an open-sourced network management solution for carrier-scale networks. It provides the tools needed to operate the underlying infrastructure in a telecoms network built from disaggregated software and hardware systems.
Leitstand’s aim is to increase the efficiency of developing, buying and running network management systems by applying a web-scale approach to problem.
Deploy new infrastructure in minutes
software version management
Automate and control software upgrades across the entire network
Automated network topology visualization
Self-generated views of installed equipment, software images and element roles
Set thresholds,alerts and logs for any network parameter
Inspect operational states, investigate faults and network issues
What are the benefits of Leitstand?
In the past, equipment providers developed bespoke management systems to assist carriers in operating their networks. Although common protocols and interfaces emerged, these tools were usually optimized for the vendors’ own equipment. This resulted in inefficient use of development resources within equipment vendors and complex integration challenges for carriers operating multi-vendor networks.
By providing the operational toolset on an open-source basis, Leitstand will increase the efficiency of producing, maintaining and enhancing carriers’ operational tools and processes, for both the vendors and the carriers.
Sharing resources across a wider community brings an economy of scale to the solution developers, allowing contributors to focus on their core competences. And, of course, tools are made available at no charge to operators and system integrators.
Developers can focus more effort on solving higher-value problems, rather than ‘reinventing the wheel’ for every system element. Coupling this with an agile software development approach leads to even faster development cycles. A wider pool of developers also means a deeper pool of ideas, with the most innovative solutions bubbling up to the top.
A wider community of developers is better able to find and fix bugs, producing more robust software than a proprietary approach. And should a security issue arise, for example, the subsequent fix benefits the entire ecosystem of downstream developments.