Traditionally, broadband service providers (BSPs) have relied on in-house servers to manage their billing and operational support systems (B/OSS). But this approach is increasingly inefficient, expensive, and unable to keep pace with rapid technological advancements.
With that in mind, here are the top ten benefits (countdown-style) of moving your B/OSS to the public cloud:
10. Move with the world. More and more companies—particularly larger BSPs—are migrating to public cloud platforms. Moving to the cloud keeps you in step with the latest technological trends. Not moving to the cloud is like insisting on accumulating DVDs rather than using a streaming service.
9. Save money on equipment. If your data center relies on in-house servers, you are spending thousands of dollars on equipment that is subject to failure and/or obsolescence. Maintaining physical servers is more expensive than renting space on cloud servers.
8. Avoid supply chain issues. When you do need to replace physical servers, you are at the mercy of supply chain issues that can keep you without the equipment you badly need. This is a real problem affecting data centers across the country.
7. Preserve staff resources. Server management is not a core strength for many BSPs, but it’s critical if you depend on internal servers. With your B/OSS on a public cloud platform, your servers are maintained 24/7 by professionals specifically trained for the job.
6. Increase reliability. Public cloud platforms are known for their reliability. The companies operating these platforms all provide uptime guarantees, ensuring that users on their platforms experience minimal disruptions. And, if issues arise, it’s their responsibility to fix them.
5. Go with reputation experts. The largest public cloud companies—like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure—stake their reputations on being dependable, responsive, agile, and resourceful. When your B/OSS is on a public cloud platform, your data is in the hands of companies for whom reputation is paramount.
4. Scale quickly and affordably. Public cloud providers give you access to data centers and regions around the United States (and worldwide). You can achieve data geodiversity and scale up or down quickly and affordably. Spiceworks says the public cloud has “near-unlimited scalability” while private cloud infrastructure has “limited scalability.”
3. Access to new resources. Public cloud platforms offer immediate access to tools including artificial intelligence, machine learning, business analytics, and much more. Our clients are constantly surprised by the data the public cloud makes available and the speed with which they can access it.
2. Increase innovation. For a company that develops software solutions, like CDG, the public cloud is an innovation platform. When we plug into the open architecture environment of a public cloud platform, it’s far easier to explore and build new systems and functionalities our clients can use.
1. Gain a competitive edge. Innovations in B/OSS mean CDG’s clients have access to a best-of-breed experience that puts them on competitive footing with Tier 1 and Tier 2 BSPs. So, what’s more important to you: maintaining your own data center or having a competitive edge over other companies?
Tony Stout, CTO
Tony Stout joined PRTC in 2010 and serves as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. In his role as CTO, Tony is responsible for overseeing strategic direction for building and expanding PRTC’s next generation network infrastructure. In 2020, PRTC acquired CDG, a telecom OSS/BSS solutions provider. Tony was appointed CTO for CDG and oversees the company’s technology, software engineering, IT and technical support teams. Tony has more than 28 years of technology, business and management experience in various Telecom and Information Technology roles.
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