Cloud computing has changed the view on how companies shall operate their infrastructure for service offerings. Based on several well-known technologies including service-oriented architecture, distributed grid computing, virtualization and networking, technologies can aim to provide software, infrastructure, and platforms as a service.
Historically vendors built their own server farms designed to meet peak demand using bundled hardware and software solutions to fit the needs of communications service providers (CSP) and the classical IT/telco model. This was time consuming, capital intensive and relatively inflexible.
With the cloud computing model, companies can rent as many virtual machines as they need at any given time, and then either design or use off-the-shelf solutions to integrate company-wide data in order to easily distribute access to users both within and outside the company firewall. This converts fixed capital costs into variable costs, prevents under and over provisioning, and allows minute by minute flexibility.
With available Home Subscribers Server (HSS) and Home Location Register (HLR) functionality, CSPs around the world can find that the best solution to HLR/HSS deployment is through software, not through hardware. With a software-centric approach, one HSS server and its software features can perform the tasks of many specialized servers.
Such HSS customers can then achieve:
This software-based approach to carrier services is 40% less expensive in terms of deployment, maintenance, and scalability. Another cost reducing element is the future-proof nature of software design: there is no end-of-life of your components, which forces replacing expensive hardware. On the contrary, customers just upgrade their software to the HSS vendor’s latest versions.
Benefits of such a HLR / HSS solution:
The economics of an all-software HLR/HSS speaks for themselves.
Miguel Monforte, CTO at Summa Networks