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OSSera is implementing OSS project in Asia

OSSera won the phase-I OSS project from one of the new Fiber Network Operators in Asia in 2012. Currently OSSera is implementing its 4 products at the Operator, including Inventory Management, Resource/Service Activation, Fault Management, and Performance Management.  The oeprator is expected to provide FTTH services to its customers in Spring 2014.

Green IT - Billions of kWh's and Counting!

Green IT is a major concern for service providers as they look forward to storing more content, managing and monitoring the resources required to operate these data centers, networks, and services.  More mobile and broadband content is being stored in the cloud by the minute.  We have SaaS, IaaS, BaaS, xaaS.... continuing to drive a worldwide need for significant investment in the cloud.

Problem Statement from "Introduction to Green IT" :  

Why Data Centers?*
  • Highly energy-intensive and rapidly growing
  • Consume 10 to 100 times more energy per square foot than a typical office building
  • Large potential impact on electricity supply and distribution
  • Used about 45 billion kWh in 2005
  • At current rates, power requirements could double in 5 years.

Is Green Software Possible?

“More efficient, 'greener' coding strategies could also come from developments in high performance computing. 
 
The requirement to devise smarter software to exploit parallel, multiprocessor architectures will inevitably mean more efficient use of hardware resources and better coding techniques all round. 
 
It could even mark a return to the obsessions of an earlier age of software development when resources were scarce - when, indeed, hardware was big, energy inefficient and expensive.”  P. Manchester, The Register, UK
 

Researcher Nabs $500k to work on "Green Software":

”… if your data center's energy bill is 10% of your operational cost, it makes sense for programmers to write code that will save energy."  David Liu, BYU - from Fast Company

Example:

  • For example why buy a 16 CPU server and run software that only leverages 1 CPU...
  • You are wasting the energy required to run 15 CPU's sitting idle... 
  • Case Study:  OSSera's SM runs on the same server as existing software which under utilizes the server...  
    • OSSera's Platform Architecture supports a more green OSS Server Configuration by fully utilizing idle CPU's.
    • The OSSera OSS Explorer Platform has the ability to load balance and maximize server processing due to its symmetrically distributed architecture.
 
 
 
Look for major energy savings...
  • Idle Servers and CPU cores: Some OSS software systems were archtected prior to multi-threaded and symmetrically distributed architectures and concepts.  Systems can be over 10 to 20 years old and have not been overhauled.  Rearchitecting software from a single-threaded to a multi-threaded solution is often cost prohibitive and technically not feasible without signficant investment.  Therefore monitor CPU cores, memory usage, overall efficiency of your OSS... note that for ongoing service expansion to 4G, Cloud, CE/ME, etc... ongoing OSS business transformation is required.
  • Data Collection and Mediation Servers (aka Gateway Servers):  An OSS usually runs on 1 or 2 servers... but data collection servers could take up 20 or more servers and this is the major cost savings in energy.   Since OSSera's Data Mediation Platform is also symmetrically distributed, consolidation of hardware can be applied at the gateway processing level too.
  • Performance Management Servers:  Furthermore legacy Performance Management systems which leverage 5, 10, 20, or more servers can greatly be consolidated by leveraging a symmetrically distributed high performance computing architecture like OSSera's Unified Performance Management platform.
  • Customer Experience Management Servers:  2012 and beyond is the year for Service Providers to mine and get the most out of the data they have and additional data through probes.  This data is hundreds of GB's and requires tremendous high computing power.  For real-time dashboards and analysis of this data a solid and efficient high performance computing architecture is required like OSSera's CEM.
For an ROI - look over your existing OSS infrastructure... how many servers do you need to run your existing FM/PM/SM, etc?  How many CPU's are idle?... then look for ways to leverage OSSera's platform to more efficiently manage this to reduce your kWh count.
 
 

*Reference: Introduction to Green 

Greening the Data Center: The IT Industry's Energy Efficiency Imperative

About Green IT and Cloud Computing 2.0 Summit

Green IT Summit 2012 is a one day conference that begins on April 18 and brings together leaders from the private and public sectors to transform the ideas around sustainable information technology generated during the 2010 GreenGov Symposium into actionable plans. It also provides a forum to forge the strategic alliances and partnerships necessary to realize the promise of sustainable IT for federal, state and local agencies.

IPTV End-to-End Fault, Performance, Service Planning and Monitoring

IPTV has seen steady growth in the broadband market but with growth there are increasing challenges with customer experience management and overall quality of service.  Some problems include:

“We have a large number of Set-Top-Boxes (STB’s) in one area that cannot boot-up.”

“Some of our subscribers are having video quality issues?!?”

“Some subscribers are encountering video quality issues in one particular channel?”

A single STB is unable to boot-up?”

In the above problem scenarios, the root cause can be anywhere along the end-to-end service chain from the head end to the home.  To determine the root cause there are many options but the question for the service provider is who can provide the most flexible solution which helps to transform their overall business operations.

  • High Performance & Event Volumes - Once a severe problem occurs resulting in an “event or alarm storm” the single-threaded and processor bound architectures reach their limit.  These applications sometimes lose alarms and metrics or slow down to process data.
  • No E2E Network View - A NOC requires a topology view and generally alert displays are not the best way to visualize a unified network view.  Plus often network topologies are not designed by operations but planned by engineering.  There is often a disconnect in knowledge transfer.
  • Effective Alarm Management, Reporting and real-time Analysis - Correlation, Suppression, and Reporting analysis tools are required which capture human expert knowledge. 
  • Real-time Monitoring - Performance Management systems sometimes do not handle real-time performance data where Threshold Crossing Alarms (TCA’s) can be triggered.  Sometimes only historical data is captured and reported upon.  Other solutions can only plot real-time metrics but again no TCA’s are triggered according to KPI/KQI formulas and thresholds.
  • Complex KPI/KQI Definitions - Complex mathematical calculations are required so that formulas can be applied to KPI/KQI’s to be monitored effectively.
  • Trend Analysis - Performance trends can often seem haphazard - hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly moving averages are required for effective monitoring of overall trends to be proactive.
  • High Availability and lack of Fault-Tolerance - Management systems are still architected with primary and secondary HA clusters. Failover times are unacceptable.
  • Lack of visibility to Service and Customer Impact - How to identify customers and services potentially impacted due to changes in the network, to analyze the root cause of problems impacting end-to-end services, to re-use service components as a reference for new service designs

 

Solution

A single Fault Management or Performance Management solution is not enough and will not provide a clear view into root cause analysis of IPTV solutions.

For IPTV a total Service Assurance solution is required.

OSSera’s IPTV probe partnership combined with OSSera’s Service Quality Management functions are required to resolve both Set-Top-Box, Middleware, Video Channel Quality, and other possible problems.

OSSera’s Unified Management  and Data Modeling tool brings together all probe, event, and metrics into a single framework for fault, performance, service quality, and modeling of network topology for root cause analysis.

OSSera's OSS Explorer Platform is unique because of its multi-threaded symmetrically distributed architecture which can provide a 99.999% Fault-Tolerant Service Assurance monitoring solution.

There are different Phases that can be leveraged using this component based approach to End-to-End Service Assurance:

  • Scenario 1: Probes feed data into the OSSera Service Assurance solution
  • Scenario 2: Probes with Network Topology feed the Service Assurance solution.  Network topology can be imported from an existing Inventory system.
  • Scenario 3: Probes, Network Topology, and fault alarms can be gathered from network elements, Element Management Systems (EMS), or existing fault management systems via OSSera’s Data Mediation Platform (DMP).
  • Scenario 4: Probes, Network Topology, fault events, and performance metrics can be gathered from network elements, EMS, or existing performance management systems via OSSera’s DMP.

Download our latest solution brochure to see how OSSera can help.

Versatile Data Mediation Platform

OSSera Data Mediation Platform provides a set of drag and drop components to process:

  • incoming alarms, metrics, Call/Signaling Data Records, Inventory Retrieval, and
  • bi-directional command and response interactions (i.e.: Testing, Activating, Re-configurating, Pings, etc...)

The Data Mediation Platform has collectors for standard interfaces as well as tools for users to develop user-specific data collectors. These data collectors can collect and process data in any format.  For example, OSSera's Fault Management framework uses these alarm data collectors to collect and pre-process raw alarm data from NE/EMS/NMS or any other entities.  

Multi-Protocol

OSSera's Data Mediation Platform (DMP) supports SNMP, Socket, File, and Corba with supporting Managed Information Base (MIB) Loading tools and ID/Parse rules for non-SNMP protocols.  Data from various protocols are normalized into a standardized Flow Builder.

Flow Builder

Flow Builder is a drag and drop tool which allow the user to create states.  States model the input, ID, Parse, and Error states of the data flow.  Also users can model output, final, transition, and final states of the flow.  This streamlines the process in managing resources across a wide domain.

Control Flow

Action States are implemented for applications such as Advanced Troubleshooting where commands are sent to various managed resources for testing, pings, and retrieving data.

 

Debugging Mode

From experience the process in managing Data Mediation can be painfully cumbersome.  Debugging features have been added including breakpoints, stepping, value checks, and flow animation to make sure DMP functions have been implemented correctly in building adapters.

Deploy and Execute Flows

Flows are packaged and can be installed with an installer for ease of distribution across a carrier's network.  Once deployed they can be executed to run.

A Unified Data Mediation Platform

Using the OSSera platform as a foundation the DMP automates interactions critical for Advanced Troubleshooting, Fault Management, Performance Management, Service Problem Management, Service Quality Management, Inventory Retrieval/Resource Management, and Customer Experience Management/CDR Service Usage Management.

 

 

OSSera's Data Mediation Platform Brochure

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