With organizations realizing the advantages of edge computing, Dell Technologies is creating open software solutions and services designed for the unique requirements of the telecommunications industry in this space.
Quoting the report of the International Data Corp., Dell said the industry analyst firm projects that the number of new operational processes deployed on edge infrastructure will grow from less than 20% today to over 90% in 2041. Communications Service Providers (CSP) are aiming to transform their businesses and networks to support this growth and benefit from the edge opportunities ahead.
As telecom networks disaggregate and move toward delivering powerful infrastructure and applications at the edge, the number of components to deploy and manage across geographic locations grows exponentially. Dell Technologies is launching a cloud-native network infrastructure with a full stack of open, scalable carrier-grade server and software solutions to simplify and accelerate this journey. CSPs can use Dell Technologies validated reference architectures to deploy full-stack telecommunications solutions from partners, including VMware and Red Hat, with optimal Dell hardware, software, and services.
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Collaborating with Dell, CSPs can use these new solutions to embrace software-defined industry standards, simplify integration and management of data at the edge and capture new revenue opportunities.
“The roll-out of 5G across APJ (Asia Pacific and Japan) is accelerating,” said Sam Saba, head of telecom, Asia Pacific & Japan, Dell Technologies, in a media advisory. “As such, communications service providers in the region are looking for ideas and solutions to innovate leveraging 5G, as well as to mitigate the risks and reduce complexities in evolving their network infrastructures.”
He noted that an open, cloud-native approach can support customers across industries, in particular, telecom operator customers, to build programmable and resilient next-generation networks and help them create new revenue-generating opportunities.”
With Project Metalweaver, Dell Technologies is taking this cloud-native infrastructure farther to support the need to scale across broad geographies. Project Metalweaver is a flexible software solution enabling CSPs to easily select, autonomously deploy and manage thousands of multi-vendor compute, network, and storage devices across multiple locations with this flexible software solution.
According to Dell, open and on-demand resources can be scaled simply to multi-premises, backed by Dell Technologies’ global support and services.
Dell Technologies is also introducing new reference architectures to span telecommunications edge, core and Open RAN environments. The reference architectures provide full-stack guidance, deployment options and operational recommendations for specific use cases to help CSPs quickly and efficiently deploy applications and services enterprises demand.
Building upon Dell Technologies infrastructure foundation solutions with VMware Telco Cloud Platform and Red Hat OpenShift, CSPs initially will be able to deploy core software solutions from Affirmed Networks. Organizations can leverage private network solutions from CommScope RUCKUS while they will also have multi-access edge computing (MEC) solutions with Intel Smart Edge.
Dell Technologies is collaborating with Mavenir to develop 5G Open RAN software with Dell EMC PowerEdge XR11 ruggedized servers while core software solutions are from Nokia.