Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and the planned 5G service-based architecture will fundamentally transform network (NF) functionality. The network functions will implement more and more cloud native principles. For this purpose, off-line stateless functions are split off, while internal information about subscriber-specific session and registration states are outsourced to an external, cloud-based database. The network functions achieve much better scalability, elasticity and availability, and the network architecture is considerably simplified.
Choosing an appropriate cloud database becomes essential to customer satisfaction as it becomes the foundation of all network capabilities and can significantly improve availability and operational costs.
SilverEngine, with its longstanding experience, helps telecom companies to select the most appropriate databases, define implementation methods, and implement and deploy these technical solutions as well as cloud database and NVF providers to understand and comply with the requirements of an NSP-grade cloud database for the telecommunication industry.
Our approach for cloud databases
To realize a viable cloud database which supports stateless and cloud-native network capabilities, a comprehensive analysis of the current system architecture, data structures, and data distribution is recommended.
On the basis of the actual analysis, the target system architecture is defined and possible transformation and migration scenarios are evaluated. For the effective implementation of a cloud data architecture, a detailed step-by-step plan is defined together with the customer. During the implementation phase, SilverEngine also supports its customers and the change process.
Analyze current architecture (applications and databases), data structure, data flow and redundancies as well as evaluate and prioritize uses case
Definition of target architecture
Define integrated target system architecture, develop requirements list for cloud database and support selection process related to possible database solutions
Design of transformation
Evaluate different approaches for transformation and migration as well as develop a staged implementation plan
Data migraton, project management and provision of technical support
Services tailored to different services provider
Improved customer service and thus, better customer experience
Higher speed-to-market of new services and applications
Increased customer loyalty
Improved performance an scalability as well as reduced OPEX
SilverEngine is one of the pioneers in implementing Unified Data Repositories (Subscriber Data Management - One-NDS). Right from the beginning, SilverEngine’s team has defined the requirements for cloud databases based on the planned 5G service-based architecture. SilverEngine has in-depth knowledge of the latest technologies and many years of experience in the implementation of scalable, highly available and above all robust data center architectures.
Essential is also SilverEngine’s outstanding know-how regarding concept, architecture and functional and non-functional requirements as defined in the white paper “A Network Data Layer (NDL) Concept for the Telco Industry” issued by ngmn – next generation mobile networks.
- Knowledge of telecommunication protocols, TCP / IP protocols and application protocols
- Knowledge related to cloud native IT architectures
- Virtualization technology
- Database knowledge (e.g. directories, SQL, no SQL)
- Substantial experience in design and implementation of database solutions
- Extensive experience in implementing highly distributed and scalable data center architectures
- Experience in implementing concepts for robustness with a focus on end-user service
- Implementation of “big data” projects using Hadoop, Hbase, Hive or Storm
- Analysis of system architectures and enterprise modeling
- Management of software development projects
- Management and execution of acceptance tests, commissioning and operational support
- Software development