XACCT Contributes its Highly Reliable Network Accounting Protocol to IPDR.org.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 16, 2003
Standardization of network accounting protocol will accelerate
adoption of usage-measurement and value-based billing standards
XACCT Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of network data management solutions for global communications service providers, today announced that XACCT has contributed its CRANE (Common Reliable Accounting for Network Elements) protocol to IPDR IPDR Internet Protocol Detail Record Organization
IPDR Internet Protocol Detail Record
IPDR International Project Development Roadmap (Canada)
IPDR Internal Preliminary Design Review
IPDR Individual Program Data Records .org, for adoption as the IPDR Streaming Protocol (IPDR/SP-TCP). By leveraging CRANE's field-proven embedded elements for both, "producer" and "consumer", network equipment vendors as well as application developers will be able to implement reliable network accounting solutions quickly and cost effectively. XACCT developed CRANE protocol over the past three years to address the lack of a standard method to reliably export high volumes of accounting information from IP network and service elements to downstream OSS/BSS applications. Several network equipment vendors have already embedded CRANE in their products. IPDR.org is an industry consortium of leading service providers, equipment vendors, system integrators, and billing and mediation vendors.
"Thanks to the XACCT contribution, a specification and a source implementation will be ready for industrial implementation this year" commented Aron Heintz, President of IPDR.org. "By leveraging CRANE's proven, embeddable technology, IPDR/S-TCP will permit network equipment vendors ("producers") and application developers ("consumers") to implement high-speed accounting solutions with ease."
"The contribution of CRANE source code and implementations to IPDR.org further demonstrates XACCT's long-standing commitment to the service provider industry", said Tal Givoly, Chief Scientist, XACCT Technologies. "Standardization of network accounting protocol will propel the adoption of value added services, unencumbered by technological challenges of accounting interfaces."
CRANE (Common Reliable Accounting for Network Elements) Protocol
CRANE was developed by XACCT to create a reliable, flexible, extensible and efficient protocol to transport usage data from network/service elements to downstream systems, such as mediation systems and BSS/OSS. It is designed to specifically address the critical needs of exporting high volume of accounting data reliably from network elements with efficient use of network, storage, and processing resources.
Over the past three years, CRANE has been successfully implemented by over a dozen network equipment vendors. It has also been implemented in production environments by several carriers to:
-- Capture usage data and revenue for SMS (1) (Storage Management System) Software used to routinely back up and archive files. See HSM.
(2) (Systems Management Server) Systems management software from Microsoft that runs on Windows NT Server. inter-connect
accounting over SS7 over IP networks
-- Efficiently capture end-to-end service intelligence data
across ATM/Frame Relay service for service level monitoring
-- Collect and aggregate network data from probes distributed
across global network
As part of XACCT's effort to promote CRANE through various standard bodies, it has been offered as a candidate protocol in various standard organizations and was published as RFC (Request For Comments) A document that describes the specifications for a recommended technology. Although the word "request" is in the title, if the specification is ratified, it becomes a standards document. 3423 by the Internet Engineering Task Force (c/o Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), Reston, VA, www.ietf.org) Founded in 1986, the IETF is a non-membership, open, voluntary standards organization dedicated to identifying problems and opportunities in IP data networks and proposing technical solutions to the (IETF See Internet Engineering Task Force.
IETF - Internet Engineering Task Force ) last year.
Key features of the CRANE protocol:
-- End-to-end reliability -The CRANE protocol uses a transport
layer protocol such as TCP (1) (Transmission Control Protocol) The reliable transport protocol within the TCP/IP protocol suite. TCP ensures that all data arrive accurately and 100% intact at the other end. or SCTP (1) (Stream Control Transmission Protocol) An alternative to TCP that supports multiple transmission paths. Designed to facilitate SS7 signaling over TCP/IP, SCTP supports multiple IP addresses from the same host (multihomed host) and treats the data that ensures in-sequence,
reliable data packet delivery. It supports flow control and
CRANE protocol-level reliability through acknowledgement
procedures. As a result, valuable accounting records are not
only ensured to be delivered reliably across the network, but
also processed correctly and stored in persistent storage if
required. The CRANE protocol also supports server redundancy
configurations and load balancing; through rapid, automatic
failover and fallback operations, high level of availability
and fault tolerance is offered.
-- Flexibility -The CRANE protocol imposes minimal constraints on
the structure and type of delivered accounting records. By
employing a "template negotiation" procedure, any kind of
user-defined data model can be supported. The protocol also
has version and capability negotiation facility, much like
Modems, to allow communicating parties to establish the best
version and capabilities in which to communicate. This degree
of flexibility has allowed CRANE to be used for diversified
information export requirements in domain-agnostic reliable
exchange of records.
-- Lightweight and memory efficient -The CRANE API embedded in
network equipments has a footprint of approximated 150 - 200
KB and requires little CPU CPU
in full central processing unit
Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit. processing power.
-- Real-time delivery -The CRANE protocol supports a real-time
"push" based data delivery model. This minimizes the latency
between data collection at Network Elements and data reception
and processing at CRANE servers.
-- Efficiency -The CRANE protocol messages have very low
overhead, and records are encoded in a compactly packaged
binary format. By negotiating "templates", only desired
records and fields are transmitted with considerably less
overhead compared to other encoding mechanisms.
-- Scalability - With its high performance, low overhead and load
balancing capability, the CRANE protocol scales well with the
increasing number of network elements, especially in highly
available (HA) deployments. CRANE allows operation in a
cost-effective N to M redundancy rather than typical 1:1
redundancy and can save up to 50% of the hardware costs.
About XACCT Technologies
XACCT Technologies provides the leading network data management platform for telecommunications service providers such as network backbone providers, mobile operators, cable operators and managed services providers. XACCT's carrier-class Network-to-Business (N2B N2B Not Too Bad (internet chat) (TM)) Platform enables service providers to monetize their network traffic by harnessing network information to create new value-based services and lower operational costs. XACCT offers the industry's first and only platform that enables real-time data capture and enhancement; seamless integration with any business or operations application; and instantaneous, flow-through service provisioning.
XACCT has received numerous awards including Upside magazine's 'HOT100', 'Product of the Year' by Internet Telephony and 'Top 50 private companies most likely to change the world' by Red Herring magazine. XACCT investors include Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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