Integration Guidelines for Partner Relationship Management

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The Partner Management Model

The management of Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper is structured around the concept of a Management Model. The Management Model defines roles for the operator and the application service provider and describes the interaction between them. In the context of Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper, an operator is the entity which runs the network in which Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper is installed. The operator has partners who want one or more of their applications to interact with the operator’s network. These partners are the application service providers and they can be in-house or external to the operator.

The Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper Partner Management interfaces allow operators to manage these application service providers at increasingly granular levels of control. An application service provider registers with Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper and is given a Service Provider Account. To support tiering, service provider accounts are associated together into Service Provider Account Groups. It is these groups that are associated with Service Level Agreements or SLAs.

Within a service provider account there are individual Application Accounts, registered on their respective service provider accounts. As in the case of service provider accounts, these application accounts are grouped together into Application Account Groups. Again, SLAs are associated with applications via the application group.

Finally, the model also includes the idea of the Application Instance, which is tied to a specific instance of the application and is used in the traffic authentication process.

For more information about the Partner Management model, see section Creating and Maintaining Service Provider and Application Accounts in Managing Accounts and SLAs.

The Partnership Management module allows for management of:


Account States

All Service Provider Accounts and Application Accounts are in one of the following states:

The possible state transitions are outlined in Figure 3-1.

Figure 3-1 States and state transitions

States and state transitions

There are two sets of interfaces in the PRM module. The Service Provider interfaces give application service providers access to information relative to their own accounts and applications. The Operator interfaces allow operators to manage their service providers. These include access to a much broader range of management functions.

In the diagram above, the method names in bold can be executed by both the operator and the application service provider. The methods names in non-bold can be executed only by the operator. XXX indicates that the methods are valid for both service provider accounts and application accounts.


PRM Users in the Context of Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper Administrative Users

PRM users are a subsection of all Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper Administrative Users. They are created and managed in the same way as all other Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper Administrative Users, using the Management Users MBean. For more information on managing Administrative Users, see the “Managing Management Users and Management User Groups” chapter in the System Administrator’s Guide, a separate document in this set. At least one PRM-OP user must be set up before the PRM interfaces can be used.

As stored in the Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper database, all Administrative Users have the following characteristics:


Table 3-1 Stored in database table wlng_mgmt_users
Authentication name of the administrative user
0 - Activated
1- Deactivated

Note: Transitional states (Registered, Update pending, Delete pending) are stored temporarily as properties of the account

Kind of user. Options are:
  • 0: OAM (Console-based user)
  • 1: PRM-OP (Operator using PRM)
  • 2: PRM-SP (Service Provider using PRM)
Administrative user password. 3DES Encrypted
Privilege level of user. See Table 3-2 below for values
Allows administrative users to be grouped for ease of management


Table 3-2 Privilege levels
Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper role type
Equivalent to Administrative Access on WLS. Can:
  • Manage servers and server configuration
  • Deploy applications
  • Control all Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper management functions
Equivalent to Deployer Access on WLS. Can:
  • View server configuration and make some changes
  • Have read-write access on Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper management functions
Equivalent to Monitor Access on WLS. Can
  • View server configuration
  • Have read-only access to Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper management functions
Equivalent to Anonymous Access on WLS. Can:
  • Use servers. PRM-SP users have this privilege level

Note: Service providers may also have direct access to account management functions via JMX if the service provider has appropriate user permissions. This is a decision made by the operator.

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