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Oracle Introduces an Array of NFV Solutions

By Paula Bernier June 26, 2015

Oracle Communications this week unveiled four new products that address service providers’ move to network functions virtualization. The solutions were announced at the LTE World Summit 2015 in Amsterdam.

The new products include the Oracle Communications Converged Application Server, the Oracle Communications Policy Management solution, the Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper, and the Oracle Communications Session Border Controller. All of the above are deployable as virtual network functions – meaning as software-only solutions.

“Virtualization is changing the scale and economics of the technology landscape as services such as VoLTE and voice-over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) grow in popularity,” said Diane Myers, research director, VoIP, UC and IMS at Infonetics Research, an IHS entity. “Oracle’s NFV-enabled solutions provide the capabilities needed to successfully virtualize communications service providers’ networks—including flexibility, scalability, automation, and maintainability.”

According to data released earlier this month by Infonetics, 35 percent of telecommunications carriers around the world expect to deploy NFV this year.

"Though we're still in the early stages of a long-term transition to NFV-SDN architected networks, many carriers will be moving from proof-of-concept tests and lab evaluations to commercial deployments of NFV in 2015," added Michael Howard, senior research director for carrier networks at IHS.

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The Oracle Communications Converged Application Server is a modular, Java-based solution that simplifies the work of connecting services to network elements, thus accelerating new service introduction. It also leverages Oracle Coherence in-memory data grid technology for fast and reliable data storage. The new version of the Oracle Communications Policy Management solution allows CSPs to serve all subscribers from a single policy management instance, offers network insights, and enables tight integration with charging and billing systems. The Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper enables service providers to generate APIs quickly via a simple GUI. The Oracle Communications Session Border Controller supports secure fixed line and mobile services, enables service providers to add capacity when and where needed, and allows for faster service introduction by automating the creation and deployment of SBCs.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Executive Editor, TMC

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