Oracle announced the availability of its Communications Service Availability Machine, an integrated hardware and software platform designed to enable network equipment providers (NEPs) to deliver applications with "zero downtime."
As more consumers and business customers get addicted to having Internet access from almost anywhere they go on more and more devices, we're going to need to see more back-end solutions that meet such demands.
Cisco has already predicted that we'll see at least 15 billion connected devices from more than 3 billion people by 2015. Verizon is already warning the Federal Communications Commission that the LTE market will be saturated (and unable to meet traffic demands) in some areas of the United States by next year.
Earlier today, Dell introduced a new class of Xeon E5 server processors as one approach to handling an increasingly connected world.
Oracle's new platform is also trying to tackle applications that require maximum service availability (i.e. IPTV, policy control, and real-time charging) to better the user experience.
Oracle's vice president of NEP Solutions, Nigel Ball, emphasized in prepared remarks just how critical the "zero-downtime" aspect really is:
With increased adoption of real-time and near-real time applications – especially on smartphones and tablets, service availability is a critical ‘must-have’ requirement and business need in the communications industry.
The Oracle Communications Service Availability Machine appears to especially focus on handling mobile broadband services and devices (i.e. smartphones), with nearly 100 percent availability for critical communications apps and time-to-revenue services. (Specifically, Oracle dubs it as "seven nines" -- or 99.99999 percent -- availability.)
With an out-of-the-box development environment, the Oracle Communications Service Availability Machine is touted to reduce risks and ensure predictability on next-gen apps and services with the integration of Oracle's acquired GoAhead Software solutions.
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