In the olden days of manufacturing, companies kept their parts inventory in large quantities, leveraging them as they built their products and turning their inventory into a work in process. This meant excess investment in inventory and higher prices for consumers. Pioneered by Japanese manufacturers, that concept changed with just-in-time manufacturing. Economic costs and risks were passed on to parts vendors who shipped components right on schedule to the manufacturing plant. As a result, product costs went down and plants become more agile and efficient. This example applies to mobile networks of today. Let me explain….

When planning to add an application in the S/Gi-LAN, EPC or control plane, an operator goes through the same exercise each time. First, the operator has to size hardware and software capacity requirements for an application across several years and then deploy the architecture. Keep in mind, the operator needs to provision excess capacity from day one and add more capacity in the present to meet future requirements, replacing hardware if needed to handle the expanded load. Planning for excess capacity means upfront and advance investments. This sounds like the manufacturers of the olden days…. Roll in Citrix TriScale, for the mobile telco-clouds.

Cloud architectures provide the flexibility to add capacity on demand, the just-in-time equivalent of lean manufacturers, and eliminate the need to over provision and rip and replace equipment. The upshot is both service agility and cost matching with demandneeds for a telco-grade application delivery controller (ADC). Citrix TriScale, a key foundation technology of NetScaler provides this capability to mobile network operators.

Today, Citrix announced a major milestone: multiple operators benefiting from NetScaler and TriScale technology to power over 100 million subscribers. These operators leverage NetScaler’s advanced telco ADC capabilities to scale ByteMobile Adaptive Traffic Manager, DNS servers, Diameter end points, transparent caches, SMPP and IMS/SIP servers. Instead of excess capacity and higher costs from blade based architectures, operators benefit from scaling up capacity in license increments within the same appliance and clustering appliances once you reach the hardware limit – two of the three pillars of TriScale. The third pillar of TriScale is its ability to consolidate multiple ADCs into a single appliance that can support up to 80 virtual ADCs.

In today’s world of tremendous mobile data traffic growth and wide adoption of smart devices, operators need to transform their networks to adopt to rising traffic and network signaling demands. NetScaler can help them do that.