This is an experience report of presenting a paper and attending the ConTEL 2015 conference.
The 13th Conference on Telecommunications was co-organized by Graz University of Technology and University of Zagreb at Graz in Austria. This edition of the conference focused primarily on Optical Communications and Near Field Communications. The conference was organized for two and half days and saw about 45 papers being presented.
Title: Flexible Billing and Cyber Intelligence in Virtual Data Centres
Industry Partner: SafeSwissCloud
Research Partner: ICCLab, ZHAW
Funded by: Commission for Technology and Innovation
Summary: Flexible billing in Virtual Data Centers allows Safe Swiss Cloud to easily apply various charging models for its products and services and thus better meet clients needs. Also, it provides its resellers and partners instant access to the flexible billing system and start making business immediately without having to invest in their own billing systems.
Cloud billing models currently in use do not deliver the required flexibility to streamline charging of existing and new cloud services with client’s needs nor do they deliver these capablities to 3rd party providers such as resellers and other partners.
Flexible billing will provide the required flexibility by introducing a highly customizable system. Flexible billing will be provided for Safe Swiss Cloud as well as its resellers and other partners
Cyber intelligence is a powerful security argument which will enable Safe Swiss Cloud to reach a client base with high security requirements. This will lead to additional clients Safe Swiss Cloud would otherwise not be able to acquire. Already today, with its current positioning, Safe Swiss Cloud attracts the interest of clients with high security requirements and consequently has to deliver on that.
The innovations proposed enable new business for resellers and partners to start selling secure Swiss cloud services immediately, with the help of a flexible rating, charging and billing system. The innovations also involve an intelligent mechanisms to detect internal and external security threats by monitoring and learning from resource consumption and network traffic patterns of the cloud. Together these are designed to create a competitive edge for Safe Swiss Cloud.
Towards a Self-Driving Infrastructure
and also is independent of Openstack. The code has been
Experience with OpenStack in Telco Infrastructure Transformation
With the wide spread adoption of NFV
among the telcos, day 1 had an interesting panel discussion between the cloud vendors and the telco players which included Verizon
, Vodafone, Huawei & Mirantis
. From a cloud vendor perspective, Mirantis had an opinion that the virual infrastructure manager like NFV enhances the agility of a carrier and as a follow up quick survey of the audience, many attendees were aware of NFV and its advantages. Telecom companies were more concerned with the service assurance and the impact of API change that sets in due to frequent update of the open source project like NFV. However both the parties agreed to open source model being the right way forward for standardization especially in the telecom domain.
Load Balancing as a Service v2.0 – Juno and Beyond
extension allows the tenants load-balance their VMs traffic. For the Juno release cloud providers such as Rackspace
, etc. have partnered with the community and load balancer vendors to redefine the load balancing as a service APIs (API v2.0) to address tenant needs. Load Balancing as a Service also enables adjusting of application resources to changing demands by scaling in and scaling out of the application resources.
Srikanta Patanjali is currently pursuing Master’s in Software Engineering at Hof University of Applied Science in Germany. Previously he completed his Bachelor’s (NMIT) and Post Graduate Diploma (IIIT-B) studies in Bangalore, India. He then worked for two years at IBM India and developed order capturing applications and tools for telecom industry using Java Webservices.
Srikanta has been an active IEEE volunteer for the past 7 years. He enjoys trekking, loves to explore places, meet people from different cultures & occasionally blogs.
At the ICCLab as an IAESTE trainee, Srikanta will be working along with Piyush on the topic of Rating, Charging & Billing for cloud.