Providing the ‘Swiss army knife’ of intelligent routing and interworking
BroadForward offers Next Generation signaling products and network applications that all benefit from the same unique single-software design advantages. BroadForward products support a wide range of protocols, including Diameter, ENUM, RADIUS, HTTP, XML, SIP, SOAP, REST, JSON, LDAP, TCP, UDP, SMPP, SS7 etc. On-board functions include routing, any-to-any interworking, storage, screening, mediation, protocol conversion, load balancing and advanced service logic. Unlike traditional ’single–purpose’ Diameter (or SS7) signaling products, BroadForward products are based on an intelligent, multipurpose software design that works across access technologies and vendor specific protocol implementations. BroadForward products support GUI based provisioning and signaling management which enables a repeatable, uniform workflow, whatever the use case.
In the world of converging networks on the road to 5G, BroadForward products are the smartest choice for your signaling network:
1. Single software solution that works across access technologies and protocols such as Diameter, RADIUS, SS7 and IT (incl HTTP) protocols;
2. Fastest time to market for service innovation, completely GUI-based signaling orchestration – no scripting;
3. Structural reduction of integration lead times, hardware costs and vendor lock-in effects.
Addressing the quest for service agility by design
BroadForward intelligent routing and interworking products are based on the BFX software architecture and signaling framework. BFX is designed from the ground up to change the industry dynamics. It is an intelligent, access technology independent architecture, enabling 100% GUI based signaling orchestration across vendor specific and standardized network technologies. Its design empowers each operator to enable intelligent any-to-any interworking and routing without the need for scripting. Because of this unique approach BroadForward products provide a structural way forward to minimize lead times for services enablement while uniquely supporting the transition from legacy technologies to 5G, allowing for product life-time extension and significantly reduced integration costs. BFX based products are designed to bridge technologies and deal with incompatibilities of protocols. Products based on BFX empower users to – independently – resolve interworking and routing issues and to create advanced service scenarios, across vendor- and access technologies. By using the GUI-based signaling orchestration environment, users can design, create and execute use cases straight out-of-the-box. Creating signaling scenarios on BFX based products can be done from white board to implementation in a matter of hours. All that is needed is configuration, without the need for scripting or R&D. This approach makes dealing with signaling and routing predictable in both cost and time-to-market. It structurally removes the need for ad-hoc projects and minimizes the need for 3rd party involvement.
The BroadForward BFX signaling framework is designed for speed, simplicity and flexibility. BroadForward products based on BFX, therefore provide users with everything they need to achieve structural agility and improvement in time-to-market for new services, involving HTTP, Diameter as well as legacy signaling technologies. By leveraging the flexibility and ease-of-use of BFX based products, operators can be fast innovators and say goodbye to lengthy and unpredictable projects. BroadForward customers can spend their time, budget and expertise on innovation rather than on individual integration issues.
Hardware-agnostic solution, supporting NFV
By design BroadForward products run on any off-the-shelf hardware or in a virtualized environment, in the cloud and support OpenStack. All leading virtualization technologies available for Linux are supported, including VMware, KVM and Xen. BroadForward products do not rely on specialist hardware or proprietary operating systems. By offering the ability to deploy BroadForward products on a common platform, BroadForward supports operators and vendors to migrate from proprietary appliance based systems to a standard hardware and cloud based infrastructure.
BroadForward products based on the BFX signaling framework provide flexible, high performance routing and interworking capabilities. These can run standalone or can be embedded in the majority of new and existing systems to support any network or IT interface with minimal implementation effort.BroadForward products can simultaneously handle multiple connections on different interfaces in the operator’s network, for both Diameter and non-Diameter interfaces. Running BroadForward products as a virtualized network function (VNF) on standard hardware will help operators and vendors to get costs down and be more flexible in order to introduce new services much faster.