The telecommunications industry has undergone tremendous changes in recent years. As the services they provide converge and as industry churn puts revenue at risk, telecommunications service providers are finding that they must transform their operations and their business models so that they can deliver new services to market faster and at a lower cost. Microsoft and Redknee work together on solutions that make it possible for these service providers to reduce the time to market for new offerings, improve the subscriber experience, and monetize these value-added services.
As part of their strategic alliance, Redknee and Microsoft conducted a comprehensive performance and scalability benchmark of Redknee Turnkey Converged Billing (TCB) running on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The benchmark used X-IO Hyper ISE storage and an NEC Express 5800/A1080a scalable 8x10-core server with Intel Xeon processor E7-8870 processors. The tests, designed to simulate the requirements of a typical tier-1 communications service provider, were conducted at the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center in Redmond, Washington, in November and December of 2011.
The results were impressive. The 250-million subscriber test exceeded the performance objectives for both invoicing and mediation, generating 26 million invoices within a six-hour billing cycle, and mediating 4.9 billion call detail records (CDRs) within 12 hours, with near-linear scalability as the number of subscribers increased. At peak performance, the system processed an average throughput of 1,250 invoices per second and mediated an average of 113,402 CDRs per second. These benchmark results show that Redknee and Microsoft provide a solution that can support the volumes of the largest communications service providers. In addition, the results were achieved at substantially lower costs for processing, storage, and licensing than competing database systems.
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