Check out Hunter Newby’s VoIPeering column in the November 2005 issue of ITMAG where he will focus on how VoIP peering ties into the SS7 network. Here is an excerpt:
There is no doubt that the data that is accessed via SS7 is critical, so there is no chance of eliminating the need for it and given the legacy architecture of SS7 not much chance of eliminating the TDM loop between the switch and the database – if the switch and the database keep speaking the same old language in between. Recently SNET DG and VeriSign became the first two telco database managers to enable IP access to their data for look-ups. This solved one half of the problem. By IP enabling the access to the data they can speak (and be spoken to) in the most universally applied programming language in the world. That left the small issue of how to actually get the database connected to the switches. That’s where the Fabric part of the VPF comes in.
With Ethernet switching nodes in most of the major carrier hotels in the
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