Thursday, 10 June 2021 12:47

Dell Technologies backs CSPs to help them digitally transform


With Dell Technologies’ infrastructure solutions and services, industry partners, and innovation lab, the company is in the position to help CSPs transform their business and identify revenue opportunities.

Dell Technologies is anchoring an open, cloud-native telecom ecosystem with infrastructure and solutions, industry partners, and a new innovation lab to put communications service providers (CSPs) on the fast track for innovation and revenue growth.

As organisations look to drive new value with edge technologies, IDC projects that the number of new operational processes deployed on edge infrastructure will grow from less than 20% today to over 90% in 2024. CSPs are aiming to transform their businesses and networks to support this growth and benefit from the edge opportunities ahead.

Dell Technologies is creating open software solutions and services designed for the telecom industry. In collaboration 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.

Dell Technologies says it is in a position to help CSPs transform. The company is backed by an IT infrastructure; global supply chain; and IT services with more than 60,000 dedicated professionals and partners in more than 170 countries.

“The roll out of 5G across APJ is accelerating. 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,” says Sam Saba, Dell Technologies head of telecom, Asia Pacific and Japan. “An open, cloud-native approach can support our customers across industries, in particular, our telecom operator customers, to build programmable and resilient next-generation networks and help them create new revenue generating opportunities.”

“Network operators are making critical investments in updating their networks for 5G and re-evaluating their legacy systems,” says Daryl Schoolar, Omdia practice lead.

“As communication networks disaggregate, an open ecosystem of hardware and software vendors is forming to support this transformation. Communications service providers need strategic partners to help organise the ecosystem, provide validated solutions and take responsibility for deployment and operating outcomes,” he says.

“With its experience in digital transformation, IT infrastructure, services, and global network of partners, we are seeing Dell make significant investments in being this missing link supporting CSPs as they build modern mobile communications networks,” he adds.

Modernising to an open, cloud-native network
As telecom networks disaggregate and move toward delivering infrastructure and applications at the edge, the number of components to deploy and manage across geographic locations now grows. 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 Dell hardware, software and services.

With Project Metalweaver, Dell Technologies is taking this cloud-native infrastructure further to support the need to scale across 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 software solution. Open and on-demand resources can be scaled simply to multi-premises, backed by Dell Technologies global support and services.

Dell Technologies introduces 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. Through Dell Financial Services flexible payment solutions, CSPs can choose payment solutions for the products and services they need to transform or build their networks.

Building upon Dell Technologies’ infrastructure foundation solutions with VMware Telco Cloud Platform and Red Hat OpenShift Reference Architecture for Telecom, CSPs initially will be able to deploy:

· Core software solutions with Affirmed Networks.
· Private network solutions with CommScope Ruckus.
· 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 ruggedised servers.
· Core software solutions with Nokia.

“Nokia is excited to see Dell Technologies take this important step of extending its ecosystem. 5G and the digitisation of industries requires nothing short of such an approach, and we look forward to continue the joint effort to create more open choices and options that can be used with Nokia’s leading 5G core technology in order to deliver better outcomes for our customers,” says Ron Haberman, Nokia chief technology officer, cloud and network services.

New telecom lab to spark 5G innovation, capture edge revenue opportunities
Dell Technologies introduces its Open Telecom Ecosystem Lab to create a place where it can work with its partners and customers to explore and collaborate on future telecom technologies and applications. Hosted at the company’s headquarters in Round Rock, Texas, the carrier-grade testing environment offers CSPs the ability to mirror customer locations and test multi-vendor solutions and services. New solutions can be incubated in the lab, then quickly brought to market, allowing CSPs to create new enterprise edge services and applications. Dell’s technology partner program provides engineering resources and project management support to design, build, market, and sell network solutions and services.

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