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Reference Architecture

ATIS has developed a  a common reference architecture to better understand the key relationships between different ATIS standards activities.

The architecture illustrates key relationships across all technology and standards development activities. Specifically, it demonstrates the relationships of service designs and data elements; leverage existing architectures while evolving based on new ATIS technology programs; create common definitions, lexicons and taxonomies; illustrate synergies; reduce design redundancies; and improve the technology and standards development lifecycle. ATIS views the architecture as dynamic and a “living effort.” It will evolve with technology changes and members’ business needs.

The first iteration is a “current view” architecture, depicting network functionality as it exists today. It was developed by architects from Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, GENBAND, Ericsson, Harris, Neustar and Verizon, and it has already been used by the Cybersecurity Focus Group to align trust zones with other ATIS activities. This current view will serve as a baseline for a future view, which will be developed in the near future by evaluating the impact of emerging disruptive technologies such as software-defined networking, over-the-top services, and virtualization.

Access an overview presentation on the Reference Architecture: Current View RA — Overview

Access detailed information about the Reference Architecture: Current View RA — Details

Moving forward, ATIS will:

  • Apply the RA to existing TOPS Council and ATIS Committee work, adding more detail to the RA as needed;
  • Utilize the RA as a validating mechanism to evaluate new priorities;
  • Promote the RA as a tool for existing and future ATIS members; and
  • Evolve the RA as future priorities are introduced.

ATIS Board member companies are invited to name representatives to participate in the ad hoc group to progress the future view RA.

Please contact Jim McEachern for additional information.