The Rhino Telecom Application Server provides integration capabilities via an extensible plug-in architecture known as the Resource
Adaptor Architecture. Resource Adaptors (RAs) provide interconnection with the 'outside' world – for example
interfaces to communication protocol stacks (TDM and IMS-based), directory and database services (e.g. LDAP, SQL) and
external systems such as rating and billing. With the JSLEE v1.1 specification, RAs become portable between JSLEE
Application Servers – so an application and its RAs can be moved from one fully compliant JSLEE to another without
the need for any re-cording or porting.
The RA architecture provides the Rhino Telecom Application Server with an almost infinite range of connectivity and integration options. OpenCloud provides a range of
connectivity options for Rhino, including:
- TDM IN/SS7 protocols, such as CAP, INAP, MAP
- IMS protocols such as SIP, Diameter Ro and Sh
- IT systems connectivity & interworking with SOAP, HTTP,
- IT database connectivity via JDBC, LDAP etc
Further RAs can be added by
any competent Java developer, so legacy equipment can be readily integrated and accessed, as well as proprietary extensions
to the standard protocols often used by equipment providers. RA development is open – telecommunications operators,
systems integrators, equipment providers and application developers are all able to extend Rhino in a supported, controlled
and scalable manner to meet their specific needs.
The Rhino Telecom Application Server supports multiple versions
of the “same” RA. It provides capabilities to enable on-line upgrade of RAs without down-time and provides
support for backwards compatibility between RAs and the Application Server itself.
The Rhino RA
architecture provides the ideal platform to realise “TelCo 2.0 Applications” –
providing a converged, integrated and extensible environment for the converged world of telecommunications and
Resource Adaptor Toolkit
OpenCloud offers a Resource Adaptor
Toolkit to enable third parties to develop additional resource adaptors for external resources of specific interest to
them. This might include signaling elements or OSS/BSS systems or other proprietary resources.
adaptors that OpenCloud provides include those listed below.
|Resource Adaptor ||Description |
|SIP ||Session Initiation Protocol |
|Diameter ||IMS Interfaces |
|SMPP ||SMS Messaging |
|MM7 ||MMS Messaging |
|CAP ||SS7 |
|INAP ||SS7 |
|MAP ||SS7 |
|IS41 ||SS7 |
|JDBC ||Data Integration |
|HTTP ||Enterprise Integration |
|SOAP ||Web Services |
|LDAP ||Directory Server Integration |