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Case Study: Migrating the Ericsson* Operations Support System: RISC or Intel® based Servers

Intel® Xeon® Processor: Ericsson Operations Support System*

Migrating the Ericsson Operations Support System*: RISC or Intel®-based Servers?
Intel®-based servers reduce operating expenditures and are more environmentally friendly.

The data centers in many mobile networks are bursting at the seams and reaching the limits of their air conditioning and electrical capacity—thanks to the huge increase in 3G/4G mobile data traffic. The tremendous gains in computing technology allow mobile operators to refresh their data center servers to increase performance and capacity, while reducing energy consumption, footprint, and operating expenses (OpEx). In fact, starting over can substantially reduce total cost of ownership and pay for the new servers in less than two years, as illustrated by the migration example presented in this paper.

Ericsson studied the capital and operating expenditures (CapEx/OpEx) associated with migrating its Operations Support System (OSS) from Sun Microsystems UltraSPARC IV+* processor-based servers to new servers using Intel® Xeon® processors. OSS is akin to a computer’s operating system, but on a much larger scale because it handles a broad range of applications that manage radio and core networks. This study illustrates how the tremendous gains in computing technologies have significantly reduced the server cost and power consumption. In particular, the exceptional, power-efficient performance of Intel Xeon processors enables the OSS application to run on one-third fewer server racks than just a few years back.

Ericsson OSS* Overview

Ericsson’s Operations Support System* for Radio and Core (OSS-RC) is designed to manage, configure, monitor, troubleshoot, and upgrade all of an operator’s available networks. It is a highly flexible, standards-based, modular system with an open and adaptable architecture that enables the rapid introduction of new services, minimizes integration costs and secures application interoperability.

Read the full Intel® Xeon® Processor: Ericsson Operations Support System* Case Study.

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