Ericsson is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

The company chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) because they felt AWS was the most integrated public cloud provider in the Rightscale Cloud Management Platform (Rightscale). The Ericsson team states that having hosting centers in various regions was important for them. AWS also showed a better quality of service with solid management and a proven track record.

Ericsson uses Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and RightScale for provisioning and auto-scale functionality. They host in multiple AWS locations with failover between installations, partly based on RightScale features.

Ericsson explains that its solution was built primarily using JavaSE, and hosted on Tomcat and MySQL, using HAProxy for load balancing. The diagram below illustrates Ericsson's architecture:

Ericsson Architecture Diagram

Figure 1. Ericsson Architecture on AWS

The Ericsson team explains that it has several Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) initiatives that have or will soon need an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, such as AWS, and that the current AWS solution being used is attracting a lot of attention within the company because of its advanced automation and global hosting.

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