Oracle Communications grows NFV service provider portfolio

Oracle Communications has released four new products as part of its network function virtualization (NFV) portfolio designed for communications service providers (CSPs.) The latest NFV additions include the Oracle Communications Session Border Controller, Oracle Communications Converged Application Server, Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper, and Oracle Communications Policy Management.

The Oracle Communications Session Border Controller helps CSPs provide secure and reliable fixed line and mobile services, with the latest release offering a virtual network function (VNF) capable of running on a variety of hardware platforms. It is designed to help service providers more quickly respond to changing traffic volumes and introduce new applications and services more quickly by automating the building and deployment of session border controllers.

The Oracle Communications Converged Application Server is a carrier-grade development and deployment platform intended for next-generation communications applications. The upgrade, which is deployable as a VNF, supports the latest Java standards. It uses a modular architecture and features fault resiliency and scalability by using the Oracle Coherence in-memory data grid technology.

The Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper manages the application program interface (API) lifecycle and it is designed to help CSPs and enterprises use a graphical user interface to generate APIs Like other VNF elements, this solution is fully virtualized and uses commercial, off-the-shelf hardware and engineered systems, or in the cloud.

The newest version of Oracle Communications Policy Management is a key component in the deployment of next-generation LTE networks, helping CSPs evolve their networks in support of LTE, Voice over LTE (VoLTE), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), and virtualization. It supports NFV and software defined network (SDN)-enabled networks. The latest release also offers integration with charging and billing systems, integrated policy analytics, and single policy management instance regardless of network access type.

Previous Oracle Communications product releases that enabled NFV deployments have included the Oracle Communications Core Session Manager, Oracle Communications Application Orchestrator, Oracle Communications Network Orchestration Solution, and Oracle Communications Evolved Communications Application Server.

Diane Myers, research director, VoIP, UC and IMS, Infonetics Research/HIS commented in a statement on the upgrades saying, “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. Oracle’s NFV-enabled solutions provide the capabilities needed to successfully virtualize communications service providers’ networks—including flexibility, scalability, automation, and maintainability.”

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