Oracle Expands NFV Capabilities for Service Providers
The Services Gatekeeper is used to manage the application program interface (API) lifecycle, enabling service providers to use a GUI to generate APIs in a few minutes. This will enable them to speed up application development, quickly on-board partners and accelerate the monetization of assets to drive revenue growth. The virtualized offering can run on commercial hardware, engineered systems or the cloud, officials said. A virtualized Policy Management product not only will help service providers continue their migration to NFV and software-defined networking (SDN), but also tighten the integration with charging and billing systems and bring greater network insights through integrated policy analytics. The NFV push is part of Suriano's larger strategy for Oracle Communications. In his short time as the lead executive, he has brought together the resources from Tekelec and Acme (which Oracle bought a month before the Tekelec acquisition) with the OSS/BSS (operations support systems/business support systems), which before had been operating independently. Now they are a single, cohesive unit all under the same product, sales, services and support umbrella that can serve the broad range of communications customers, from enterprises to services providers to over-the-top (OTT) companies. "We're presenting one face to the customer," Suriano said, adding that internally the challenge is to ensure the company can manage and monetize everything now that they are under the same tent.
Along with the work to create a communications cloud environment and offer communications customers a single view of Oracle's communications offerings, Suriano also pointed to other efforts underway, including enabling service providers to offer their customers a better experience through analytics and cloud computing, and improving connections between customers and the growing number of connected devices they're using while driving down the cost of resources.