Transactional intelligence solutions provider Openet (News
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By combining Openet’s FusionWorks platform and Sun’s Fire T2000 server and Solaris operating system, the two companies have created a solution that can, per server, process 7,000 transactions per second for charges and 2,300 transactions per section for ratings.
To learn more about this deal, and what it means for Tier 1 service providers, TMCnet asked Joe Hogan, chief technology officer at Openet, to provide some background.
TMCnet: In what capacity, if any, have Openet and Sun Microsystems (News - Alert) worked together in the past?
JH: Openet and Sun have worked side-by-side on numerous Tier 1 accounts. However, this is the first formalized joint development effort between the two companies. Openet has become an associate member of the Sun’s Partner Advantage program, and now takes full advantage of the Sunsm Sales Connect co-selling program.
TMCnet: What are the challenges telecom service providers encounter today regarding charging and rate processing?
JH: Service providers today face many challenges with charging and rating—most notably, speed, accuracy, scale and technology reliability. With the number of voice and data transactions traveling over service provider networks increasing every day, service providers face potential revenue loss through ineffective charging and rating practices. Openet’s FusionWorks Platform enables customers to capture transactional intelligence at the network edge to ensure accurate, real-time charging and rating, regardless of transaction volume—100 percent of the time.
TMCnet: What motivated Openet and Sun to collaborate on this project, and what strengths do each bring to the table?
JH: Openet and Sun formed a technology partnership at the request of a joint Tier 1 customer aiming to leverage cost-effective solutions to achieve a reduced ecological footprint and as a result, lessen the economic and environmental impact for telecom service providers.
TMCnet: What are some of the economic advantages service providers can achieve by undertaking green initiatives?
JH: Running a green datacenter saves cooling and other energy costs through the combined deployment of efficient, scalable systems with less expensive, lighter-weight hardware. The Openet FusionWorks Platform and Sun Fire T2000 solution bring together the key ingredients service providers need to realize the value of green.
Beyond the immediate cost savings, there is the opportunity to generate additional ROI. This solution is able to process 7,000 transactions per second (TPS) for charging and 2,300 TPS for rating per single server. These results far exceed the levels of throughput available from other vendors in the industry, as well as the current requirements of today’s Tier 1 service providers for the hardware footprint used, extending the value and life of this type of deployment well into the future.
TMCnet: How does the Openet and Sun standard address service provider needs to improve rate processing and launch green initiatives?
JH: Establishing industry standard performance thresholds at a competitive price helps save resources today and allows service providers to scale their capabilities efficiently without dramatic overhead. Since the Openet FusionWorks Platform leverages the Sun Fire T2000 server and the powerful Sun Solaris Operating System, service providers are guaranteed a solution that meets the challenges of today and tomorrow’s escalating number of records with IP-based traffic. The results far exceed the levels of throughput available from other vendors in the industry, as well as the current requirements of today’s Tier 1 service providers for the hardware footprint used.
TMCnet: What type of feedback have Openet and Sun received so far from service providers regarding this new standard?
Our customers have been very happy with the results they can now achieve using Openet and Sun in tandem. In addition, reducing OPEX (News
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TMCnet: What else should people know about the Openet and Sun deal?
JH: As part of the partnership Openet and Sun will jointly engineer solutions going forward so that service providers can continue to see performance improvements on Sun servers when using Openet solutions.
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Mae Kowalke is an associate editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. She also blogs for TMCnet here.