Oracle's Communications Service Availability Machine is aimed at enabling NEPs to create "zero downtime" applications for communications service providers.
Oracle is rolling out its latest integrated hardware and
software platform, this one aimed at giving network equipment providers another
tool for dealing with the growing demand for real-time applications on a
variety of devices, including smartphones and tablets.
Network equipment providers (NEPs) can now deliver to
communications service providers a solution that can handle such zero
downtime applications as IPTV, policy control and charging, Oracle officials
said in announcing the Oracle Communications Service Availability Machine March
The system includes Oracle Communications Service
Availability software running on the vendors Sun Netra 6000 system and its
Linux variant. Oracles availability software came via its acquisition of
in September 2011. GoAhead
offered carrier-grade software that helps speed the time to marketand reduce
the costof services that need to be always available.
NEPs are moving
to a standardized software and hardware platform that can deliver and manage
highly available services, Nigel Ball, vice president of Oracles
Communications Industry Solutions, said in a statement at the time the deal was
announced. The addition of GoAhead technology will help us deliver a comprehensive, standards-based,
carrier-grade platform that supports the delivery of new services in the call
path of the network.
The new offering also fits in with Oracles push to offer
tightly integrated hardware and software solutions that leverage Oracle
software on data center hardware inherited when the software giant bought Sun
Microsystems in 2010. Other examples include Oracles Exadata database machine
and its Exalogic cloud computing offering.
With the Communications Service Availability Machine, Oracle
officials said they are aiming to help NEPs and communications service
providers deal with the rapid growth in mobile broadband services, use of
smartphones and tablets, and demand for rich media applications. The system
will enable these parties to offer high levels of availability, and relieve
NEPs from the need to custom-build such capabilities into each application, a
time-consuming, costly and risky proposition, they said.
Now they can build the applications and rely on Oracles
system to deliver the high levels of availability, Oracle said.
With increased adoption of real-time and near-real-time
applicationsespecially on smartphones and tabletsservice availability is a
critical must-have requirement and business need in the communications
industry, Oracles Ball said in a statement. Oracle Communications Service
Availability Machine combines Oracles hardware and software leadership, and
proven service availability software to help NEPs bring service available
applications to market quickly, with minimal project risk, while helping ensure
zero interruption of the customer experience.
Tech vendors throughout the industry are designing solutions
aimed at addressing the back-end data center challenges presented by the rapid
growth of Internet-connected users and devices. A study last year conducted by
Cisco Systems has predicted that by 2015, there will be 3 billion people in the
world using more than 15 billion Internet-connected devices, a trend that will
put increasing pressure on data center systems and networks to ensure that
service keeps up with the demand.
Most recently, Intel officials on March 6 rolled out their
much-anticipated Xeon E5-2600 processors
, which are
aimed at data center systems and offer 80 percent more performance than their
predecessors while improving energy efficiency by 50 percent. A wide range of
systems makersincluding IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco
embraced the new platform, unveiling systems running the chips.
In all, Intel officials said there were more than 400 designs
being created based on the Xeon E5-2600 chips at the time of launch.