Rancore Partners with Red Hat to Build a Solid Service Delivery Platform that Delivers Remarkable 4G Telecom Innovation

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January 3, 2012

Customer: Rancore Technologies

“Our partnership with Red Hat enables us to offer a robust, scalable, high-performance, flexible, and cost-effective technological platform which has the potential to drive telecom innovation in the future.” Aayush Bhatnagar, Manager, Software Development, Rancore

Industry: Telecomm
Geography: APAC
Country: India


Business Challenge:

To design a stable, flexible, high-performance, scalable, and cost-effective software infrastructure to build its mission-critical service delivery platform for 4G telecom networks

Solution:

Partnered with Red Hat to build a mission-critical service delivery platform with JBoss® Enterprise Application Platform and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, running on Intel Xeon processor-based HP servers

Software:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss Operations Network, and MySQL database

Hardware:

Intel Xeon processor-based servers from HP (HP ProLiant DL380 G7 servers) with ATCA Chassis

Benefits:

Achieved a low cost–high throughput platform, eliminated vendor lock-in, reduced total cost of ownership (TCO), simplified management, increased scalability and performance, and created a competitive edge which led to exceptional market share

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Background:

Rancore Technologies is a technology research and development (R&D) firm focused on 4G telecom networks and services. A privately held company and a fully owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), a Fortune 500 firm and one of India’s biggest corporate entities, Rancore’s product line ranges from LTE and WiMAX Base Stations to the LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC), which is the IP Multimedia Subsystem to the company’s Service Delivery Platform (SDP).

Business Challenge:

In telecommunication technology, 4G standards have the power to transmit voice, video, text, and television data at the same time on a mobile network. In February 2008, when 4G standards were still in a nascent stage of standardization, Rancore launched its ambitious SDP project to deliver 4G telecom services.

“This project is targeted at one of the largest 4G deployments ever--and in the world’s biggest telecom market, India,” said Aayush Bhatnagar, manager Software Development, Rancore.

The biggest challenge for this project was the fact that Rancore was working on a state-of-the-art but very new technology. Therefore, the platform of choice had to be flexible enough to cater to ever-changing standards and requirements in order to remain competitive.

Moreover, working in the services space also presented new business requirements which had to be considered in the project implementation. The platform development required a very strong 'concept to realization' capability.

“This situation presented the need to be standards-based and still provide open interfaces to enable speedy systems integration and reduce time-to-market,” said Aayush.

In short, the platform needed to be built with open architecture to simplify and ease integration with other third-party products and vendors. Last but not least, the solution required a feature-rich GUI for seamless operations and maintenance of the platform.

Solution:

With the goal of achieving parameters including flexibility, scalability, usability, performance, and future readiness in front of them, Rancore decided to build the underlying service delivery platform for its mission-critical 4G telecom applications on open source technology and selected Red Hat as its trusted technology partner. Open source solutions from Red Hat were an ideal fit, as they not only met Rancore’s list of qualifying criteria, but this partnership also allowed Rancore to take advantage of the rapid innovation from the open source community and avoid proprietary lock-in.

Rancore evaluated several similar products, but selected JBoss solutions after extensive technical evaluation. Therefore, from the very beginning of the project, Rancore leveraged JBoss Enterprise Application Platform as the base product of the SDP implementation. JBoss Enterprise Application Platform provided Rancore the unique capability to couple the features of J2EE with telecommunications to solve business problems and challenges.

“For instance, GlassFish/SailFin from Sun was not multi-protocol enabled at the time we started the project, and we required multi-protocol and multi-interface support for our applications,” said Aayush. “Another competing option, the Oracle OCCAS Server, had a greater learning curve,” he added. Moreover, with JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Rancore had the advantage of monitoring all products using JBoss Operations Network in a centralized manner; an option which was not available in OCCAS and GlassFish.

Currently, all parts of the SDP including customer portal, managed services portal, telecom services, and instant messaging services, are deployed on the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. Rancore leveraged the standard JBoss Enterprise Application Platform stack features--JBoss cache for replication, transactions for ACID properties, clustering to scale out, and JBoss richfaces for the GUI--to create a robust and complete solution. Integration with third-party systems was realized through the use of web-services (SOAP).

During the first phase, the SDP deployment will scale out to cater to 10 million subscribers. The open source MySQL database is being used as a database server. The entire SDP stack was ultimately powered using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on HP servers to achieve economies of scale. Overall, the project has been hugely successful because of the performance and flexibility of the Red Hat suite of products–right from concept, design, and development to QA and finally towards deployment readiness.

Benefits:

By leveraging open source solutions from Red Hat, Rancore’s small but dedicated team of engineers achieved amazing results and significant cost savings. The competitive advantage was partly because Rancore was also an in-house IMS solutions provider and having JBoss Enterprise Application Platform as the base for the services layer provided an extra edge when rolling out new services.

“Reusable components of JBoss Enterprise Framework were extremely helpful, and provided easier and faster production of our offerings,” said Aayush.

The fail-proof, scalable, and high-throughput platform, coupled with lower operational costs, has given Rancore a competitive edge in the telecom industry.

With this project, Rancore became the first company in India to utilize open source technology to build a SDP based on 4G standards. This project is poised to represent the largest scale possible on open source technologies used in the telecom industry--scaling from 10 million subscribers to a volume of almost 500 million subscribers in the near future. “The SDP project has illustrated quite clearly that a low cost, high-throughput, mission-critical, fault-tolerant system can be built with the right use of open source technology,” said Aayush.

Overall, Red Hat provided Rancore with enterprise-class solutions to deploy its mission-critical SDP at an affordable price without any compromise on crucial factors such as performance, scalability, flexibility, and security.

“Our partnership with Red Hat enables us to offer a robust, scalable, high-performance, flexible, and cost-effective technological platform, which has the potential to drive telecom innovation in the future,” said Aayush.

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