IBM and Nokia Siemens Networks (News - Alert) have partnered to begin working on a new, entirely mobile based computing platform. This point of access network hosting of applications will allow for greater data transfer efficiency and a network that can act intelligently based on its traffic load. This seems, at first glance, to be contrary to Nokia Siemens fundamental thinking in recent years, as they have introduce several new cloud based network solutions to share data.
Increasing computing power of the local access points on networks will allow mobile service providers to provide commonly used applications fast during heavy usage periods. The question that those providers will quickly be presented with is how to choose which applications will be placed on these new base stations for mobile share. The wide range of streaming video and mobile gaming applications represent a large portion of network lag, and will inevitably be the most requested by the user, but may require more processor space for the base station to handle and redistribute the load.
The success of the joint venture will rest heavily on the server platform that IBM (News - Alert) will employ to host and processes the use of applications on the base stations. The companies plan to expand and improve the current version of IBM’s WebSphere Application Server for the project. This server offers a relatively simple plug and play design in a small light weight package for easy install into the mobile network tower.
The WebSphere server runs IBM’s Liberty Profile, designed to install directly or remotely and directed at optimizing resources used on web applications built and hosted on the server. The server package will also offer an internalized health monitoring system that will allow network operators to see problems in their network environment developing and limit the effect they will have on users.
Edited by Brooke Neuman