Communication Service Providers (CSP) are in a unique position to take advantage of the elastic and federated “meshed” architecture that the LonoCloud PaaS+ enables. Whereas cloud providers today are concentrated in vast server farms in centralized geographical locations, CSPs run a highly distributed network of fixed and mobile infrastructure that are an integral part of the public/private cloud environment. The automated and integrated policy of the LonoCloud will orchestrate the Software Defined Cloud (SDC) including both Software Defined Networks (SDN) and data center fabrics for SLA management. Just as the Internet is a network of networks, it will soon connect the InterCloud which is a world of many distributed clouds.
Federation of Multi-Vendor Clouds: Service providers deal with multi-vendor environments including dual-vendor strategies for service deployments. The LonoCloud Federation PaaS+ enables multi-vendor carrier-clouds to be joined together into a single pool of resources (single cloud). While many cloud vendors can provision multi-cloud, what happens after that? The LonoCloud mesh fabric has a distributed fact-base that acts like a unified registry of hierarchical VMs in the federation. The fact-base knows how VMs are used and knows the service types that are running within the node (VM). This enables the appropriate policy for fault tolerance, elastic scale, performance management, and resiliency to be applied to the appropriate service type running within the VM. The Lono nodes can also change personalities, meaning multiple service types (application components) can be combined within a VM to enable improved cloud efficiency and optimization of cloud resources measured against the end user experience. The LonoCloud mesh architecture has no single point of failure, no client-server, and is truly distributed across the federated cloud.
High Availability (Trust in the Cloud): The LonoCloud enables cloud service delivery that is reliable, reliable, reliable. In other words the LonoCloud enables all the elements of a “bullet-proof” cloud with active-active fault tolerance (high availability), performance management, automated resiliency with elastic scale (autonomic self-healing cloud), and policy hooks at three layers for information privacy and security.
Key Concepts for the Carrier Cloud: Dr. Eslambolchi is well-known in the scientific community for his expertise in IP network design and reliability, security, IP technologies, services, IP applications and setting an industry vision for "the "Concept of One" (do it once, do it right, use it everywhere) and the "Concept of Zero" (zero defects, zero cycle time and automate where possible), which have been used to streamline production, as well as the "Concept of None," where networks will be moved to become autonomic and in turn self-healing, self-provisioning and self-restorable via fully automated network and operational support systems. Dr. Eslambolchi also developed a very unique model of Complexity for Telecom which states that over time, complexity due to the number of protocols along with interconnection of these protocols, multiplied by the number of services will increase to a point that scale becomes a very difficult factor to manage in terms cost, capability and cycle time. He has been advocating models to lower this complexity to only a Factor of One. This is now known in the industry as the "Eslambolchi Law of Complexity." These are the principles which drive LonoCloud and enable out company to better serve the needs of the service provider value chain.
Service Delivery Lifecycle: LonoCloud targets the full service lifecycle for the carrier cloud. From SOA-based cloud design patterns for the planning phase, to provisioning multi-vendor clouds in deployment, to integration with various cloud data center and network infrastructure, to operational monitoring the software-defined resources and triggering exception handling policy, to maintenance with zero-downtime system and SaaS application patch capabilities. As an example, the health of the Cloud Resources can be cached and distributed within the Cloud PaaS+ layer (in the cloud glue). Traditional or legacy polling strategies will not be effective for federated clouds. Instead your management system can query the LonoCloud nodes which have a distributed knowledge of the health of cloud resources within that region. For maintenance of federated clouds, LonoCloud has designed into the software live update patch mechanisms to run two versions of your software in the mesh at the same time with appropriate routing policies. Once the new version of the application component or LonoCloud software is verified as stable, the old versions are killed off enabling a zero-downtime upgrade. For developers of cloud applications, event logs can be sent back to them to help them better understand how their applications are performing in a federated cloud environment.
Geo-aware Global Load Balancing for SLA management: The LonoCloud understands geographically the distribution of both the cloud software-defined resources and the users of the service. The automated policy system can be designed to build up cloud resources in regions under heavy load to bring service components in closer proximity to users for better response time and lower latency. When a data center cannot meet an SLA, the LonoCloud can geographically build up resources in another data center where SLAs can be met, essentially load-balancing a global or nation-wide carrier cloud based on key performance metrics used in SLA management and those used to determine the end-customer experience. In a sense, data centers that don’t meet cost or SLA metrics become disposable; the LonoCloud will build up resources in data centers that meet cost and performance metrics.
Enabling the Service Provider to be a Cloud Broker: The LonoCloud software does not care who owns the data center (private, public, managed, community, hybrid, partner), it will build up and federate cloud resources in any location that is added to the LonoCloud Federation PaaS+ fabric. Service Providers can add/delete (join/unjoin) regional cloud providers to the enterprise “managed cloud” deployments enabling them to be brokers for joining their own clouds with partner clouds to better serve the needs of their managed enterprise customers. This is an obvious extension to a managed VPN service deployment that will join various locations for cloud resources into a single unified managed cloud. LonoCloud joins or federates cloud in a pure software overlay and can easily be combined with an existing VPN service offering which could add additional transport security and performance guarantees.
Cloud Scale to the Edge: By placing LonoCloud nodes on edge devices (on-premise cloud appliances), CSPs can leverage their network breadth and capacity to distribute and scale out latency-sensitive cloud services to local geographies and branch offices, minimizing hops and bottlenecks. For Cloud SaaS mobile services, providers will be able to scale out LonoCloud nodes and federate application components on any device where a virtual machine (VM) can be provisioned, even on future mobile devices such as automobiles, telecom service edge routers, and cell site locations. This will be especially important in latency-sensitive Content Distribution Networks (CDNs) and Unified Communications.
Intelligent Cloud Security and Information Privacy: LonoCloud includes a powerful security policy stack that can check every message sent across a cloud message bus. In addition to firewalls and other cloud security technologies used today, LonoCloud adds an additional capability at the middleware layer to check messages for IT/Telecom governance, compliance, and against regulatory security policies. The LonoCloud software has policy hooks at three layers: the system layer; the service/application layer; and at the network layer. Each service running in the LonoCloud has an ingress and egress policy. These pervasive policy hooks enables services to quickly classify data as personal information (PII), personal credit card information (PKI), personal health information (PHI) and ensure the right policies are applied to protect data at rest or data in motion. LonoCloud will partner with system integrators to design and build-out customer policy systems which enable advanced security capabilities of the cloud.
Communication Service Providers can build their next-generation of cloud mobile applications on top of the LonoCloud application development framework (PaaS+) and enable a transformation into a new world of SaaS multi-cloud capabilities. For vertical markets such as healthcare with mission-critical application requirements, mobile health sensors can be deployed on a nationwide basis even in the automobile with a LonoCloud PaaS+ foundation for secure, reliable, highly available cloud healthcare services. Financial services and government can also benefit from a managed “trusted cloud” from their service providers.