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Openwave Validates Subscriber Data Management with Mirantis OpenStack

By Paula Bernier October 27, 2016

Openwave Mobility’s user data repository has been validated in the Mirantis OpenStack environment.

That’s important, suggests Kamesh Pemmaraju, vice president of product marketing at Mirantis, because while there are several network functions virtualization orchestration solutions in the marketplace today, they fail to address subscriber data management. Aman Brar, vice president of global solutions and global alliances at Openwave Mobility, adds that without subscriber management capabilities operators will struggle with service provisioning, and network applications will not be able to deliver on their promises of monetization.

“The data that describes your subscriber – your customer – is the most important asset on the network,” Openwave Mobility President and CEO John Giere, writes in a Oct. 4 blog. “Yet, operators often overlook its potential and consider subscriber data purely as an operational requirement. Managing digital identities via SDM underpins all of our businesses, and ultimately that’s why SDM will help operators successfully overcome all of these challenges.” 

The Openwave Mobility subscriber data management solution, which is being used by several tier one operators around the world today, is called vUDR (for virtual user data repository). It is used to manage subscriber profile information on data and voice networks. This kind of solution is important for virtualized networks because these new environments decouple applications with subscriber awareness from IT provisioning systems, and networks need to be aware of what subscribers have rights to what network resources and services. As a result, vUDR cuts down on provisioning times. It also has federation and replication features that allow network applications to read and write data from any data center or system. And it delivers five nines availability on commodity virtual machines.

Mirantis OpenStack enables enterprises and service providers to build Web-scale clouds that allow for business agility.

“For mobile operators to succeed with next generation services and business models, they need to address both the cost and revenue sides of their business,” notes Rich Karpinski, principal analyst for mobile operator at 451 Research. “NFV can help operators significantly cut deployment costs, while increasing service agility. Meanwhile, leveraging NFV to make subscriber data more available, more quickly, and to more applications, can open up significant new revenue opportunities. That's the right equation for operator success in today's more competitive digital markets.”

Edited by Alicia Young

Executive Editor, TMC

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