Oracle today launched the Oracle Network Applications Platform, its first industry-specific engineered system, designed to meet the extreme network workload requirements for the development and deployment of mission-critical communications services and applications.
The communications industry is experiencing rapid mobile broadband network growth, a proliferation of smart connected devices and intensifying competition. To compete with disruptive competitors – such as Over-the-Top providers – network equipment providers (NEPs) and communications service providers (CSPs) must innovate faster and at a lower cost.
Traditionally, NEPs and CSPs have spent months and the majority of their development budgets on integrating, testing and managing diverse platform components from multiple vendors. NEPs and CSPs must then make significant additional investments to ensure that the applications they build on top of these platforms meet carrier-grade performance requirements.
Today, by standardizing the pre-configured, integrated and tested Oracle Network Applications Platform, which can deliver up to seven 9’s (99.99999%) service availability and unified platform management, Oracle customers can:
• Reduce platform integration and testing costs by up to 33% and operational costs up to 64%;
• Accelerate time-to market of new services by up to 40%; and
• Shift highly-skilled resources to focus on innovation, with up to 50% savings from application lifecycle spend (1)
Oracle Network Applications Platform is an application-ready engineered system combining Oracle’s Sun Netra 6000, Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage 7320, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Communications Service Availability (OCSA) and Oracle Clusterware software technologies. Key product features include:
• Unified Availability – out-of-the-box capabilities can support seven 9s (99.99999%) service availability and enterprise-grade clustering, which enable users to preserve session integrity during application and system faults to eliminate service interruptions and enable a “zero-downtime” user experience;
• Unified Management – a robust set of application and system management capabilities – such as complete lifecycle management, command line interface and graphical user interface console options, automated installation, configuration management, telecom presentation and interfaces – supports complete end-to-end system management to reduce time-to-market;
• Integrated Technology Stack – built-in tools for appliance assembly – including an integration development kit and a plug-in architecture for platform service modules (PSMs) – streamline system installation, configuration, monitoring, diagnostics, patching and upgrades;
• Extensibility – the core building blocks of the platform can be supplemented and extended to add critical functionality and application support by either integrating additional Oracle or third-party software, helping to create a future-proof solution and significantly decreasing the cost of building carrier-grade applications.
Oracle will highlight the Oracle Network Applications Platform at Oracle OpenWorld during,“Oracle Communications Portfolio Highlights and Strategic Direction” on Tuesday, October 2 at 1:15 pm. at the Palace Hotel in Twin Peaks South Room, and “Reducing Time to Market: Oracle Engineered Systems for the Network” on Wednesday, October 3 at 10:15 am. in Twin Peaks North Room.
In addition, Oracle and Analysis Mason will host a Webcast entitled “Engineered for Innovation – Carrier Grade Application Platform for Evolving Next-Generation Telecommunications” on October 30 at 10:30 am. EST.
“As we evolve to an all-IP telecom landscape, communications service providers (CSPs) and telecommunications suppliers will be differentiated from their competitors on the basis of applications, not hardware. As a result, next generation, pre-integrated, carrier-grade platforms, such as Oracle Network Applications Platform, will be needed to address the current pain points of cost and time to market for the broader information and communications technology industry, as well as providing a platform for application development and service innovation,” said Glen Ragoonanan, senior analyst, Analysys Mason.
"The ubiquity of connected devices driving massive data consumption, coupled with the ongoing network evolution to IP, has brought the communications industry to a critical inflection point. Increasingly, network infrastructure will move to become a global commodity with massive economies of scale. In engineering standards-based software and hardware together, Oracle is taking an important step toward the industrialization of network infrastructure," said Martin Creaner, president and chief executive officer, TM Forum.
“We are excited to extend Oracle’s family of engineered systems to support next-generation telecommunications services. The introduction of Oracle Network Applications Platform underscores Oracle’s commitment to the communications industry by integrating all the key infrastructure components – which have historically been custom-assembled – into a single solution that accelerates time to market for the next wave of innovative communications services,” said Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications.
(1) Analysys Mason “Engineered for Innovation: Carrier-Grade Application Platform for Evolving Next-Generation Telecommunications,” by Glen Ragoonanan, September, 2012.
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