Intel, Ericsson collaborate on software defined 5G infrastructure

February 13, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Intel, Ericsson collaborate on software defined 5G infrastructure
Ericsson and Intel are teaming up to develop a next-generation hardware management platform that will provide a new level of cloudlike agility, transparency and efficiency required for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), distributed cloud, and 5G

To this end, the companies have begun a multi-year collaboration to align development efforts of Ericsson SDI Manager software and Intel® Rack Scale Design (Intel® RSD) and extend these systems with advanced management capabilities.

Many communications service providers have already started transitioning to standards-based servers to reduce infrastructure costs. However, others need additional management capabilities to streamline operations and fast-track delivery of new services, in order to realize the full potential of their infrastructure.

Ericsson and Intel aim to deliver a next-generation hardware management platform that extends the agility of the cloud to the hardware infrastructure layer. For service providers, the new infrastructure management system will help speed time-to-market, maximize utilization, and reduce total cost of ownership.

See also: Ericsson to advance RAN architecture, joins O-RAN Alliance

As part of the collaboration, Ericsson and Intel will converge Ericsson SDI Manager software and Intel RSD reference software while maintaining full backward compatibility for current customers. Jointly-developed software and hardware innovations resulting from the collaboration will be offered in subsequent Ericsson hardware platforms and may also be offered with Intel’s server products which are sold through other partners and in other industry segments.

See also: Intel accelerates development of 5G modem

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