Cloud-Native Telecoms and Containerization
The Benefits of Cloud-Native Solutions for Telecoms Business Value-Added Services
Here at ECT, we provide our full portfolio of value-added services as cloud-native functions (CNFs) with Kubernetes-based management and orchestration. Here is a list of some of our network services, all of them deliverable as containerized functions:
- SMS FW
- SMS IP
- Voice and Video Softphones
- Robocall Blocking
Deploying Value-Added Services and Business-Services Solutions: Public vs Private Cloud Environments
Regardless of whether a CSP is using the public, private, or hybrid approach, ECT can provide value-added telecom services as cloud-native network functions orchestrated via Kubernetes in most clouds.
Revolutionizing Your Telecoms Infrastructure with Containerized, Cloud-Native Solutions
Microservices are a central part of cloud-native software. A microservice architecture is a software-development approach that arranges an application as a collection of small, highly cohesive, and loosely coupled component-like services. This segmentation allows the reuse of microservices in different applications, making networks and infrastructure much more dynamic and flexible while improving efficiency and productivity (For example, one paused microservice doesn't stop the other microservices). To package these microservices as a standalone function, we use containers, which are lightweight environments that can execute all their processes independently from all other containers. Since they operate with a bare minimum of necessary software, containers are not as demanding on CPUs and memory overhead as a virtual machine.
Choosing the Right Container Orchestration Platform for Value-Added Services and Business-Services Solutions
Container orchestrators such as Kubernetes, Google's open-source project, enable the building of services through multiple containers while automating most of the manual processes related to the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes can be deployed either as a Container-as-a-Service (CaaS), a Platform-as-a-Service, or as a combination of both. Kubernetes has become the leading orchestrator for managing containers in many industries.
In the telecom industry, vendor-agnostic organizations such as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) have created programs and certifications to help CSPs adopt Kubernetes. The big names that already use Kubernetes in the telecoms industry include Nokia, T-Mobile, and Vodafone.
Streamlining Your Value-Added Services and Business Services with Containerization Technology
The migration of telecoms value-added services to containerized applications adds much-needed flexibility and agility to CSPs. Cloud-native network functions also allow CSPs to accelerate their development cycles. At the same time, CSPs are no longer restrained by vendor lock-in or legacy hardware, which means that they can truly innovate with core services that are tailor-made for the real needs of their individual business customers and local markets.
The Advantages of Implementing Value-Added Services and Business Services as Cloud-Native Functions
Containerization of telecoms value-added services is essential to 5G networks. While some communications service providers are delivering their VAS from old 4G networks, this workaround requires paying maintenance for two networks – 4G and 5G –, one of which is devoted exclusively to running services provided by legacy hardware.
Therefore, the logical (and cost-effective) solution is to get rid of data centers and all the expensive real estate where CSPs used to host their legacy VAS and move all existing services to containerized solutions. This is where ECT can help.
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