- Entry-level platform for communication service provider startups
- Same features and functionality as with standard PortaSwitch
- High availability with database replication and geographic redundancy
- Unlimited scalability with a small initial investment
PortaSwitch Start & Grow is an entry-level telecommunication services and subscriber management platform that does not compromise on functionality, reliability, and feature set but rather enables ambitious startup communication service providers to instantly launch, price, and provision their services while eliminating initial high investment requirements.
PortaSwitch Start & Grow shares exactly the same functionality with its high-end cousins PortaBilling and PortaSwitch. It is however smaller and requires less servers.
PortaSwitch Start & Grow offers many advanced features for retail and wholesale VoIP and SMS, MVNO/MVNE, IoT/M2M, OTT, IPTV, WiFi and LTE data, hosted IP PBX or IP Centrex services such as, for example:
PortaSwitch Start & Grow Redundancy
Although small, PortaSwitch Start & Grow is still a carrier grade platform which does not compromise on robustness and reliability. Its architecture assumes real time data replication and includes a geographically redundant site to:
- support high availability of your services
- protect against hosting facility outages
- provide service to multiple geographic regions when network connectivity between them is lost
- perform updates to new software versions with zero downtime
The only way to overcome catastrophic events and provide uninterrupted service is to have another set of servers in a different location that can continue operating during the outage at the main site of PortaSwitch Start & Grow.
If the secondary site detects that the main site has become unavailable, PortaSwitch Start & Grow activates the stand-alone mode on the secondary site to provide the service to end-users: the system continues to calculate applicable charges according to product, tariff, and other billing parameters. All changes to the balance and new xDRs are written into a dedicated database to keep track of already consumed services and avoid a balance overdraft.
When the main site becomes available again, these changes are automatically applied to the primary database, and PortaSwitch Start & Grow switches its secondary site back to the standby mode. All of this happens automatically, without any need for an administrator involvement.
PortaSwitch Start & Grow comes with a very affordable unlimited perpetual license which does not depend on the number of concurrent calls, ports, minutes or end-users. There are absolutely no artificial limitations on the code level, and all features and functional modules are included with no exceptions. The PortaSwitch Start & Grow license includes:
PortaSwitch Start & Grow customers can seamlessly upgrade to PortaBilling and PortaSwitch with special incentives at any time.
PortaSwitch Start & Grow Hardware Requirements
PortaSwitch Start & Grow normally requires 5 servers to be installed on 2 sites:
Main site:Server 1: Billing + Main DB server
Server 2: Web + Replica DB + Switching server
Server 3: Configuration server
Secondary site:Server 1: Standby billing & DB server
Server 2: Switching server
Below are the minimal requirements for these 5 servers
CPUs (quad-core): 1
Minimum RAM: 32GB
Minimum Disc Space: 500GB
Please contact PortaOne experts for more information on hardware requirements and about how to choose your servers.
PortaSwitch Start & Grow Performance
PortaSwitch Start & Grow has no artificial limitations on the software side, and the only thing that limits its performance is the calculating power of the servers it is installed on. Of course, the actual performance will depend on the system's configuration, traffic patterns, subscriber behavior, and the types of services provided. From our experience one can expect the following numbers from PortaSwitch Start & Grow, on average:
|Performance Indicators||Maximal Values|
|Call attempts per second||10|
|Monthly traffic in minutes||5,000,000|