Diameter Routing Agents (DRAs) are designed and deployed to optimize, load-balance, and accommodate the growing amount of your Diameter signaling traffic. If your DRA is down, even for a minute, you could lose millions of messages that contribute to your revenue stream. A Diameter monitoring solution may be your only failsafe mechanism.
DRA Failure causes Revenue loss – costs estimated at $5M per day Medium size fixed access carrier
As LTE networks have been turned up commercially, several carriers have experienced Diameter signaling failures - very costly failures as Diameter signaling contains highly valuable policy, charging, and services data. These failures have prompted widespread adoption of the use of Diameter Routing Agents (DRA). The DRA network (usually deployed in a meshed network or mated pairs) has thus become a critical component of the signaling backbone – and it’s health is critical to business success. The challenge for the carrier is to ensure that the DRA fabric is in a state of continual health. A Diameter monitoring solution is an absolute necessity and it is important that your Diameter monitoring solution gives you the capabilities you need.
If not already deployed, DRA’s are likely going to be installed in your IMS or LTE network to accommodate the growing amount of Diameter signaling traffic. You need rapid visibility into issues that may cause performance degradations or outages coupled with tools that allow you to pinpoint the source of the problems.
Many Diameter monitoring tools on the market today limit your view of the Diameter signaling data by showing you only the Client/Server relationships between Diameter nodes when a complete end to end view would be much more valuable. Many tools also limit you to 15 minute windows of data, which means that your Diameter signaling network could be down for a considerable period of time before you know about it.
Tektronix Communications offers 1 minute reporting intervals with the capability to notify you when a problem is about to occur. Hop-by-hop and multi-protocol correlation visuals further enhance the toolkit enabling you to easily spot anomalies in signaling flows. Finally, a full suite of Diameter monitoring and analysis tools allow you to assess performance over time and plan for network growth.
So, how much is one minute of downtime worth to you if your Diameter signaling network goes down? Some DRA’s manage hundreds of thousands of messages per second - that means, over the course of one minute you could lose millions of charging records and potentially millions of dollars. Protect your subscribers, your network, and your revenue stream with Diameter monitoring and management solutions from Tektronix Communications.