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Service Delivery Platform Component Reuse

Broadband service providers are migrating to a Web 2.0 service creation environment that borrows heavily from frameworks and processes first developed in the IT sector. However, the pace and direction of that migration is likely to vary widely from company to company, according to Light Reading.

The report entitled "SDPs & Service Components: The Web 2.0 Effect" analyzes service delivery platform (SDP) vendors that are providing the foundation level of software service components and examines their strategies for broadening the appeal of these components and associated reuse.

"The concept of building systems out of reusable components has a long history in the IT industry, with Web 2.0 application development being the latest manifestation," says Caroline Chappell, research analyst with Light Reading's Services Software Insider and author of the report.

"This concept is now being adopted by convergence-minded network operators that want to bridge traditional industry, IT/network, and network technology boundaries to achieve a next-generation service creation function capable of delivering personalized assemblies of services to order."

One of the big challenges facing network operators is to avoid the service silos that have characterized service creation and deployment in the past, Chappell says. "Signs of hope have emerged over the past year," she notes.

"The service-oriented architecture (SOA) SDP service componentization concept is gaining ground in the market, and vendors are finding ways of addressing the potential problem of service component interoperability to avoid creating next-gen service silos."

Key findings of the market study include:

- SOA SDPs are gaining market acceptance as vendors win influential customers and build software ecosystems to promote their use.

- Leading telecom applications vendors are rolling out SDPs or migrating their applications onto standards-based execution platforms in preparation for the service component revolution.

- Web 2.0 services exposure of telco service components is gaining widespread support, with Aepona squaring up to Microsoft over high-level Web services exposure beyond Parlay X.

- Vendors are seeing a surge of interest in telco-grade orchestration products that can broker service components between SDPs.

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