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May 04, 2010

PortaOne Intros New Architecture to Robust Billing Software Platform

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

PortaSwitch Procinctus, billing provider PortaOne's (News - Alert) ultimate high capacity telecommunications services and subscriber management software platform, has gained a completely redesigned and fully clustered architecture. 

Officials with PortaOne said that the new architecture, made possible by PortaOne's Maintenance Release 21, or "MR21," places the business critical elements of the system in a cluster that runs in parallel on multiple servers.

Company officials said that previously, PortaSwitch Procinctus distributed the various billing engine functions among multiple dedicated servers in order to leverage the power of several machines and boost overall performance. 

The new clustering architecture delivers exceptional redundancy of these essential functions; in addition, transparent load-sharing increases the capacity level of the whole system.

According to company officials PortaSwitch Procinctus, PortaOne's premier infrastructure product, enables carriers and service providers to unify voice, data, fax, content, SMS, and Internet traffic within a single converged network. 

The platform is a combination of all available PortaOne products and technologies, built around a comprehensive, converged VoIP billing software platform.  Together, these components achieve a maximum level of performance and reliability.

In addition to PortaSIP, which is a class 4 and 5 softswitch, and PortaUM, a unified messaging and IVR platform, that already run in cluster on multiple servers in parallel as a part of PortaSwitch Procinctus, MR21 introduces the RADIUS billing cluster, an exact replica of the architecture implemented in PortaOne's high-end PortaBilling Oracularius product.

"With VoIP adoption growing exponentially in worldwide, the need for world-class durability, scalability and failover protection has become a prime requirement," said Andriy Zhylenko (News - Alert), chief technical officer for PortaOne, in a statement. "The introduction of MR21, and a new clustering architecture, to PortaSwitch Procinctus accomplishes this."

Company officials said that as in the older version, PortaSwitch Procinctus also includes two PortaSIP servers and two PortaUM servers with a PortaBridge.  PortaSIP and PortaUM servers can run in a cluster, creating an unbreakable redundancy setup or be used for load balancing.

The configuration server, a new MR21 addition to all PortaSwitch installations, is a single point for managing and upgrading the whole PortaSwitch Procinctus set up.  It is also used as a logging storage to remove the analytical task loads from the servers directly involved in the operational processes.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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