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September 25, 2012
Technology Innovations Changing the Telecom Platform Deployment Landscape
By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor
The private cloud is becoming a go-to source for successful telecom platform deployment projects. In an effort to make projects more efficient, telecoms are using existing infrastructure, which is also helping architects to create flexible and scalable solutions for telecom platform deployment projects in the private cloud.
As telecom platform deployment gets underway, project leaders quickly note the great number of improvements in nearly all areas of the technology available today, from memory to processors to network I/O, according to this NEI (News - Alert) blog post. The upgraded technology, including cryptography and high-capacity Ethernet, becomes very useful in a telecom platform deployment in the private cloud.
The Sandy Bridge processors, which are fairly new on the market, can deliver processing power that is more than 50 percent faster than its predecessor. As a result, it’s easy to see how telecom platform deployment procedures can be affected by the latest and greatest equipment on the market.
While companies and users are becoming increasingly familiar with cloud computing, the private cloud hasn’t quite made it into the lexicon as readily as public cloud computing. The public cloud uses computing resources that are offered over the Internet, and all data is stored off-site from the user’s system.
The private cloud, which is also sometimes referred to as an internal or corporate cloud, operates in much the same way. The difference is that it is defined by its proprietary computing architecture that serves a limited number of users, and almost always exists behind a firewall. A telecom platform deployment in a private cloud gives the user a designated type of resource that is designed specifically for the few users within the private cloud.
A number of telecoms are without a choice now that the OEM suppliers are being steered in the direction of the cloud due to the various efficiencies associated with a cloud-based solution. The OEM suppliers are also being pushed in that direction because more companies are looking for efficiencies in their software solutions, as well as new avenues to reduce energy costs.
This trend affects telecom platform deployment projects because the OEMs are continuously reviewing their processes and adapt to the wants and needs of the telecom industry. Like all other industries, however, OEMs are simply assessing the current market and making adjustments where necessary to drive the best results.
Carrier-class virtualization that is coupled with flexible provisioning allows developers to build telecom platforms that are extremely scalable. With a scalable platform, telecoms can avoid over provisioning their resources, particularly during times when usage levels are at all-time highs.
Deployments are becoming complex as more users are transitioning to mobile and the technology involved in creating a platform becomes high powered and available through multiple vendors. For the end user, the end result should be greater functionality at a lower cost.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein