Plusnet AAA Services on MySQL

Plusnet Achieves Continuous Availability of AAA Services with MySQL Cluster and FreeRADIUS

Plusnet has had some recent publicity in technology circles in a Case study published by MySQL / Sun.  The Case study covers the use of MySQL Cluster as the backend database to support the Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting services which are fundamental to ensuring secure and controlled access to the Network.

Plusnet upgraded their AAA (Authentication, Authorization, Accounting) platform to the FreeRADIUS server and MySQL Cluster database in order to address increased demands resulting from:

  • rapid service proliferation over fixed and wireless networks
  • a quickly growing user base
  • The need for continuous network access and accounting demanded by more stringent SLAs

Since deployment a year ago the new MySQL Cluster and FreeRADIUS AAA platform has provided:

  • Continuously available AAA services
  • Accurate billing and revenue assurance by maintaining data integrity in real-time
  • Accelerated time to market of new services with less cost and complexity due to built-in database redundancy and automated self-healing
  • New levels of flexibility to scale RADIUS servers independently of their database
  • Higher levels of infrastructure and management efficiency resulting from consolidation of multiple databases


The Usergroup offer their congratulations to Plusnet in gaining this recognition.

The full story including Network diagrams is available from the Case Study pages on the Sun MySQL site:

Article last edited on Monday, 01-Aug-2011 21:02 PM