EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) has announced the new EMC provider Cloud System (PCS) a
software designed to enable communications service providers to deliver distributed, multi-service, carrier-grade cloud solution economically and quickly. EMC PCS is a software-defined Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) with a reference infrastructure to be used by communication service providers. The announcement of PCS was made during Mobile World Congress.
In the current communication service provider market, mobile connectivity and advanced software are combining to lower barrier to entry into this market. New errant are in a position of providing traditional telecom service without having to use large capital investments, as it was the case initially. Many providers are finding ways of bundling telecom services with new services the likes of public cloud hosting and streaming media.
Effective competition within this market mandates communication service providers to have a platform that enables them to build quickly deliver new service using minimal operating expenses while maximizing on the speed. This is where EMC provider Cloud System comes in handy. It provides carrier-grade availability and reliability, programmability, blending automation and predicting analytics to support next generation workload. It’s, architecture is based on Network Function Virtualization (NFV) standards and has been designed to leverage technologies from VMware. EMC PCS is comprised of advanced data and security services,NFVI layer and a management and orchestration layer which makes it possible to deliver both traditional and next generation telecommunication services and also the ability to use Big Data and analytics for communication providers so that they can optimize and create new source of revenue
EMC PCS offer high degrees of Scalability due to the use of NFVI stack. The software can cluster server, storage, and networking into a platform that host hosts virtual network functions (VNFs). VNFs include traditional telecommunication services the likes of software implementing cellular network while co-existing side by side with non-traditional services.
The use of virtualized platforms such as the one prescribed in the EMC PCS reference architecture enables communication service provider to achieve more than 60% lower TCO over non-virtualized approaches.