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Business-driven policy optimization for service management

Rubio-Loyola, J; Toscano-Pulido, G; Charalambides, M; Magana-Aguilar, M; Serrat-Fernandez, J; Pavlou, G; Galeana-Zapien, H; (2015) Business-driven policy optimization for service management. International Journal of Network Management , 25 (2) pp. 113-140. 10.1002/nem.1886. Green open access

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Abstract

The performance of services offered by network operators has a direct impact on its reputation, on its revenue due to new customer subscriptions, and also on penalties that can apply when services are not provided to an acceptable quality level. Previous research on business-oriented network and service optimization has mainly focused on optimizing individual business indicators, such as profit and revenue, in isolation without analyzing the effect on network configurations and the subsequent impact on other indicators. Given that different business objectives are usually incompatible, a single network configuration cannot optimize them simultaneously. Determining the configuration and the associated trade-offs that satisfy multiple objectives is a complex task. This paper addresses this gap and presents a framework that derives policy configurations that optimize the business value of the network infrastructure. We describe a methodology to quantify business functions considering the dynamics of network events, the dynamics of end-user service usage, the nature of the business indicators, and their relationships with the underlying control methods. The proposed approach addresses the complexity of the target problem through a surrogate-based optimization approach properly tailored to match our application domain needs. We evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed approach through experimentation in a simulation environment we developed over OPNET.

Type: Article
Title: Business-driven policy optimization for service management
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/nem.1886
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1002/nem.1886
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1502971
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