Resource Adaptor Architecture | Rhino Application Server Resource Adaptor

By: Opencloud  05-Apr-2012

Resource Adaptor
Architecture

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, XML etc.
  • 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 internet.

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.

Resource 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
J2EE Enterprise Integration
LDAP Directory Server Integration


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