Sunday, 05 July 2020

Harnessing graphs at the heart of the telecoms industry

posted by Neo4j
Wednesday 03 June 20

Find out from Jesús Barrasa, Global Director of Telecoms, why leading telecom players are using Neo4j in their next generation networks

“Neo4j not only gives you an accurate and timely representation of your network with all the services and all the elements involved in the delivery of those services, but it’s also a platform where you can build logic that will simplify and accelerate automation,” said Jesús Barrasa, Global Director of Telecoms at Neo4j. A graph database like Neo4j allows for much greater flexibility than a traditional relational database, and this is especially true in the telecom world…

Neo4j not only gives you an accurate and timely representation of your network with all the services and all the elements involved in the delivery of those services, but it’s also a platform where you can build logic that will simplify and accelerate automation,” said Jesús Barrasa, Global Director of Telecoms at Neo4j.

A graph database like Neo4j allows for much greater flexibility than a traditional relational database, and this is especially true in the telecom world, where the flexibility of the graph data model supports rapid evolution and innovation.

 

Watch the full 5-minute interview with Jesus Barrasa, Global Director of Telecoms at Neo4j. -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsN8oDyh818

 

What is your favorite aspect of working with graphs?

There are two things that I love about graphs, and one of them is the flexibility of the data model. You don’t have to spend weeks coming up with the perfect model, so you can be very agile. You can iterate without having to go through a painful migration every time there’s a change. I like this flexibility a lot.

Another thing that I’m amazed about is the performance of graphs. Native graphs like Neo4j in particular. I’ve been involved in a number of projects at Neo4j over the last four years, but I’m still amazed by the performance of things like path traversals and local queries.

 

What is the biggest impact graphs can have in telecoms?

Telco is huge of course, and the entire network structure is a graph. From network management, anything that represents the network infrastructure, whether physical, or logical/virtual, all the elements that are involved in delivering a service represent a graph.

Anything that is related is a graph. It’s a no-brainer. And it’s interesting because telco is one of the industries where we have been stronger from day one. It’s not that we had a campaign focusing on telco, but these industries realized the value of graphs from the very beginning. And it’s an obvious match.

Beyond infrastructure, if you look at more consumer or service focused solutions, whether that’s unified inventory management or service impact analysis, all of these problems are graphs.

And I think that’s the area of the biggest impact. And it’s not just my intuition; it’s the reality. I see that the leaders in that space, all the software companies that are producing Operations Support Systems (OSS), the software that all the telcos in the world use to run their networks, base their systems on graphs. All the leading vendors in that space are not only using graphs but specifically using Neo4j. That’s the area where we are stronger and where I anticipate even more growth.

 

What does the future hold for graph technology?

With 5G coming up – and the Internet of Things will leverage 5G – there’s a huge trend in the direction of automation of services, anything from provisioning a service to reacting to failure. It’s all about being able to automate the response to any of these things. And that’s perfectly aligned with a solution like Neo4j.

Neo4j not only gives you an accurate and timely representation of your network with all the services and all the elements involved in the delivery of those services, but it’s also a platform where you can build logic that will simplify and accelerate automation. I think that’s the area we will see more growth over the next few years.

 

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