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MediationZone 7.2 contains new and enhanced functionality that further enhances usability and scalability to facilitate large-scale deployments and reduce operations and maintenance effort.

It also provides new testing tools, as well as added deployment options. Most importantly, it points the product towards cloud and network virtulisation (NFV) readiness via new supported infrastructures and introduces a completely new technology module named KPI Management, with functionality which adds significant value and higher level of data processing capabilities to OSS Mediation.

Release 7.2 maintains DigitalRoute’s long-standing reputation as the leading mediation and policy control provider on the market while continuing to drive our products towards accommodating the continually evolving needs of modern Communications Service Providers as well as the higher data processing demands of enterprises.

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Key Features 

Irene Gonzalvez, Product Owner at DigitalRoute, introduces the new features and functionality in 7.2.

Usability

Enhanced Usability

A set of improvements that enable easier and more straightforward operation of MediationZone and include subfolders in MediationZone,  continuous workflow execution, dynamic fields and random number functions in configuration.

Large_deployment

Broader Connectivity

Enhancements that facilitate data collection from a variety of agents and include enhanced state handling in TCP/IP, an offset replay function for Kafka interfaces and support for Netflow version 10.

Security

Robustness and Security

Changes that upgrade the security-related aspects of MediationZone and include Kerberos Authentication Support, Configurable Access Controller Permissions for Administration Groups, and more Advanced Access Controller Settings. 

Maintenance

Performance Improvement

Real-time Aggregation (with distributed storage) is significantly improved by the addition of a Byte Serialiser which speeds up processing for large data volumes.

New Options 

Jonas Wallenius, Product Owner at DIgitalRoute, presents KPI Management

KPI Management

An extension to DigitalRoute’s OSS Mediation product, KPI Management makes it easy to track any aspect of network or subscriber performance against key indicators by fitting data into categories and timelines within a provisionable KPI structure. Thus, KPI Management delivers the capability to aggregate and transform large volumes of raw network performance, signalling and subscriber events data into information that is suitable for multi-dimensional analytics and smarter data presentation in OSS applications.

Policy Control GUI

The web based user interface for our Policy Control product, built on top of the RESTful interface has been extended to include the Policy Control rule part. The enhanced visual design significantly simplifies operations and maintenance of the deployed solution.

Cloud Readiness

As part of making MediationZone cloud-ready, using MediationZone on the Amazon Web Services infrastructure is now officially supported for high availability using Amazon CloudWatch, and GlusterFS as the shared storage solution.

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New Core Functionality

Database

Reference Data Management

The newly available Reference Data Management application simplifies the maintenance of external reference data used by MediationZone. It provides the capability to query and edit specific table sets in relational databases while schema permissions remain unaltered and without the need for SQL knowledge.

Workflow

Continuous workflow execution

The Workflow Group execution has been enhanced to allow some members in a to execute at their scheduled time even though other members are still running. This functionality is enabled by grouped ticking the Continuous Workflow Execution check box in the configuration panel.

Pulse

Pulse Testing Agent 

A Pulse agent has been added as a real-time collection agent that can be used for test purposes. The Pulse agent generates Pulse UDRs at intervals specified by the user, and can be used to trigger various events in workflows, to generate traffic etc. It is suitable for load testing as it can generate a very high intensity of UDRs.

Subfolders

Subfolders in MedationZone

A subfolders feature has currently been added to the Configuration Navigator, the Configuration Browser and the Configuration Save As dialog. The addition of subfolders makes it easier to maintain larger implementations, by categorization of the configuration items into a hierarchical structure.

Aggregation

Byte Serializer in Real-time distributable Aggregation

Aggregation sessions are stored in JSON format. This process can be slow when the session data is large. Improved performance is offered by storing some of the session data within the JSON strings in binary format instead.

Database plus

Addition of MIM values for real-time database CRUD operations

Statistics about CRUD (Create, Read, Update and Delete) operations are now available in Aggregation agent when using distributed real-time databases. You can also monitor these values via the Aggregation bean in JConsole.

GUI

APL Editor Navigation Panel

To make it easier to navigate in an APL code configuration, an Outline navigation panel has been added to the APL Code Editor and the APL Collection Strategy Editor. The Outline navigation panel provides a view of all the blocks, variables and methods and makes it possible to easily navigate between different types in the APL code.

ECS

Routing erroneous Diameter requests

Erroneous Diameter messages can now be routed to other agents in the workflow, for example to trigger alarms to logging.

Dynamic Fields

Dynamic Fields

A new type of Dynamic Field has been added to allow users to configure their own unique workflows for parameterization. Once configured, the field's values can be set in the workflow instance table and collected from APL code.

TCPIP

State Handling in TCP/IP Collection Agent

A function has been added to the TCP/IP collection agent so that the user can configure the collection agent to track the connection state of the client.

Important platform changes

 

MediationZone v7.2 introduces full support for Java 8, discontinuing support for previous Java versions.

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  • The MediationZone client is no longer supported on Windows XP.
  • Java 7 is no longer supported.
  • The Ultra Format Converter tool has been removed in this release.
  • Redis is no longer supported as a data respository for PCC.