Nowadays, many of the systems used in Multiple Service Operators (MSOs) for the management and provisioning of services are based on a centralized management architecture and with on-premises deployments that aim to give the expectation of safety and quality.
Excel Databases and Manual Processes
Many organizations still keep their information in poorly known “Excel databases,” which are composed of manual processes managed by different organization resources and where each user uses it at their discretion, having a great point of failure by human intervention.
Most of the systems developed for remote operator solutions are based on on-premises deployments, which have a rigid base with respect to scalability and response to failures, added to the fact that they generate high maintenance costs without considering the importance of information security. They are applications divided into several components, with centralized information and a client-server-based architecture, where the components communicate with each other to transmit data, make requests and keep the application running. If one component fails, the entire application fails, as in the database case.
Fragility in Component Communication
Traditional architectures differ from new industry standards, allowing microservice-based management (where the interaction between components is low coupling), in which each component in the chain is needed to meet the proposed purpose without being exclusively dependent on a centralized operation. In these architectures, communication is based on events, cache and messages. These components are developed natively in the cloud, which allows for distribution costs in the implementation and maintenance, added to high standards of security and scalability of the systems, which allows for offering better experiences to the users.
New technologies and deployments under microservices aim to make design and use changes, orienting organizations to focus on what is truly important for their daily operation leaving aside secondary issues that do not offer value to the company. The fundamental basis is that information is the most valuable to the organization, based on aspects of security, redundancy and availability.
Among the benefits offered by different cloud operators included authentication and security methods, control of environments, speed and agility in deployments, execution of tests in controlled environments, scalability according to business needs and cost distribution. Change the initial expense(directed to data centers, physical servers, and other resources you should invest in before using them) for variable costs (only pay for the computer resources you consume); with cloud computing, you do not have to predict how much infrastructure capacity you will need to deploy an application, because it allows scalability at different times of saturation, so, only in particular situations is it going to take a peak in system capacity, and right now is that you can add a new component to redistribute loads.
Advantages of Cloud Architecture
The change-oriented to cloud architectures are based on modifications on the platform, where it is not intended to rewrite the current systems but to orient them to flows more dynamic that allow the use of cloud features, scalability, elasticity and fault-proof support, where it is delivered on demand of IT resources over the internet, with pay-per-use prices.
This is how, for the operators, it is intended to offer services that allow multi-technology provisioning in a scalable way and fail-safe; for example, for DHCP services, they want independence from traditional failover architectures, is intended to be technology agnostic, without a centralized database, and offering other high-availability schemes that can be implemented. On the other hand, the architecture allows it to offer software as an integrated SAAS service under API for integration with the organization’s main elements, which reduces deployment times.
Particular changes in the platforms should be considered, which allow to decentralize the data, break with current structures and allow each service to have its configuration and storage independent of the components. Each of these must be scalable, working with an independent contingency process that minimizes potential failures. Each microservice runs as a stand-alone process, implementing full functionality.
Intraway offers its no-code orchestration solution Symphonica that allows deployments in private clouds as well as in Intraway’s own cloud in a SaaS modality, using all the characteristics and qualities of the cloud (elastic, scalability, centralized administration, information security, recovery errors).