The Cisco® vPCRF is a comprehensive policy, charging, and subscriber data management solution that allows service providers to control and monetize their networks and to profit from personalized services.
vPCRF for mobile overview
Cisco vPCRF for Mobile provides intelligence to the control plane, managing session and subscriber state at carrier scale. It interfaces southbound to various Policy Control Enforcement Functions (PCEF) and IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS) in the network. It integrates northbound to Operation Support Systems and Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS), subscriber applications, and web applications.
Cloud infrastructure can simplify and automate the creation and scale-out of core network functions. The economies of scale provided by a Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) framework allow operators to adapt to real-world traffic patterns and business growth. Dynamic orchestration enables Cisco vPCRF to be deployed in a fraction of the time compared to traditional policy hardware architectures, which is critical as carriers pursue new market areas while supporting overall projected data growth.
Our vPCRF for Mobile solution is uniquely designed to scale in support of tier-1 mobile networks while maintaining low latency at high transaction rates. The Cisco architecture enables simultaneous sessions and Transactions-Per-Second (TPS) capacity to be independently scaled. This enables the solution to be efficiently sized for both high simultaneous sessions/low TPS or low session/high TPS scenarios, again resulting in lower total cost of ownership when compared to other policy vendor solutions.
Features and benefits
Table 1 outlines the features and benefits of vPCRF for Mobile.
Table 1. Features and benefits
Powerful core rules engine
Gain a powerful rules engine that binds the various Cisco vPCRF applications. It provides the framework for the policy rules as well as the APIs present on the system.
Use the CapEx and OpEx efficiencies of NFV. Rapidly deploy, configure, and scale vPCRF in an NFV environment for pursuit of vertical markets with vPCRF instances and network traffic demands.
Highly scalable and available
Support the scale required by large mobile networks while maintaining low latency at high transaction rates. Geographic high availability provides for geographical redundancy and disaster recovery.
Web- and API-based service definition
Rapidly define new service plans using customizable policy building blocks that support bandwidth tiers, monthly fair use limits, breach rules, and more.
Correlate, control, and coordinate policies across multiple policy enforcement points, for example, a Packet Data Network gateway (PDN GW) and a Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) device for a subscriber’s session.
Quality of Service (QoS) control
Authorize and control the subscriber’s QoS across both default and dedicated bearers.
Control and monetize bandwidth using internal quota or through integration with an external charging system.
Application detection control
Add application-level control to existing subscriber, time, location, and usage parameters.
Flexible subscriber data schema
Fit your data, not the other way around.
SOAP/REST web services API support simplifies integration to OSS/BSS applications. An onboard subscriber management GUI provides a single interface for viewing data from multiple repositories.
Cisco is the market leader in policy control solutions
Cisco understands the role of policy control plays in carriers’ ability to monetize their networks. To compete in this rapidly changing environment, mobile operators need a policy solution that does more than contain network costs. You need to go beyond a traditional Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) with a solution that can act as an intelligence layer for mobile data service innovation.
Cisco vPCRF for Mobile provides:
● NFV orchestration. vPCRF Our solution includes the resource management and orchestration intelligence you need to dynamically scale your policy solution to adapt to real-world traffic patterns and business growth, helping to reduce Capital Expenditures (CapEx) and Operating Expenses (OpEx). In an NFV model, Cisco vPCRF instances can be deployed in a fraction of the time compared to traditional policy architectures. This gives carriers the agility to pursue vertical markets with cost-effective and highly scalable services.
● Carrier-grade reliability. Gain carrier-grade reliability, high availability, and fault tolerance with a virtual architecture that supports flexible, cost-effective carrier-grade strategies and a smooth transition into an NFV deployment environment. Virtual instances are spread across multiple blade servers for full hardware and software redundancy within a Cisco vPCRF for Mobile cluster. Should there be a software fault or hardware failure, requests are directed to available virtual instances. This helps ensure high availability and tolerance against both software faults and hardware failures.
● Industry-leading scalability. Get increased scalability to support today’s networks and upcoming next-generation networks, such as LTE with Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which are driving policy Transactions Per Second (TPS) to unprecedented heights. Cisco vPCRF for Mobile is built to handle high TPS at low latencies. The solution can be sized to fit your network performance requirements. And it supports growth with the addition of virtual instances, for a lower total cost of ownership, compared to traditional PCRF models.
● Service creation velocity. Accelerate service creation velocity with rapid solution rollout and extensibility. Prepackaged use case templates help speed time to market. The extensible Cisco vPCRF for Mobile lets operators go beyond standard policy definition to support non-standard proprietary interfaces and customized service logic without affecting the core platform.
Cisco vPCRF is a carrier-grade, high capacity, high performance, virtualized software solution capable of running on VMware, OpenStack/KVM hypervisors, or cloud infrastructures. To meet the stringent performance, capacity, and availability demands, Cisco software requires that all allocated hardware system resources be 100% available when needed, and not oversubscribed or shared across separate virtual machines.
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