Mobile and broadband communications service providers (CSPs) are facing a proverbial “good news / bad news” situation.
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is bringing efficiency, cost savings and flexibility to the networking world in the same way that virtualization and cloud technologies transformed the enterprise server world
But for telcos, reliability and availability are non-negotiable. In the telecoms industry, five nines (99.999%) network availability is the benchmark: The reputation of a telco rests on its ability to reliably connect calls and transfer data. If the network goes down, even just for a few seconds, millions of people can be affected. System failure not only results in loss of revenue for the operator, it can seriously damage its reputation and, in some cases, lives could be at stake
A private and hybrid OpenStack-based solution, the Stratus Cloud Solution for telcos and communications infrastructures provides software defined, fully automated, selectable levels of resilience to cloud workloads, including fully stateful fault-tolerance, with geo-redundancy and transparent service continuity. Unlike traditional approaches for fault-tolerance, which require duplicate or triplicate resources, limiting utilization to 50% or 33% respectively, with resultant high costs, our Software Defined Availability (SDA) uses virtualized resilience based on our unique StatePoint™ Technology enabling dramatic increases in resource utilization levels of 80% to 90%, while providing uncompromised reliability at a fraction of the resource cost
The Stratus Cloud Solution for Telcos and Communications infrastructure is desired for the new converged IP network that includes NFV, SDN, IMS, LTE and WiFi. Beyond network functions, it provides a platform for telcos to offer competitive cloud propositions and big data analytics, potentially opening up valuable new revenue streams.