The collaboration will see the two companies explore developing key technology areas for distributed cloud architectures to deliver real-time edge use cases and new services opportunities 5G will create.
Dell says 5G will require a new breed of platforms supporting a rich catalogue of near real-time edge computing and IoT services.
The companies say they will collaborate on meeting demands for new distributed architectures for 5G that combine the best of cloud and mobility.
“The new mobile platforms must be built on a trusted supply chain delivering an innovative ecosystem of solutions that fulfil the promise of 5G. They will use network telemetry to feed intelligent automation and service orchestration systems, using artificial intelligence to ensure consistent service levels and insight across the distributed environments.
“In short, all layers of the network stack will be visible to management systems, and those management systems will autonomously ensure both efficient network operations and high customer experience.”
“We’re working closely with Orange to combine our joint Telco best practices with decades of data centre transformation experience to help service providers re-tool their operations to quickly and profitably roll out new 5G services,” said Tom Burns, senior vice-president, Dell EMC Networking & Solutions.
“For 5G and telco cloud services, service providers are turning to IT-proven technologies such as IaaS, virtualisation, and standardised infrastructure to deliver the required agility, security and control.
“Dell Technologies has helped our data centre customers thrive for decades with a trusted, world-class supply chain and support system.”
Dell Technologies and Orange say they will collaborate on the definition and development of:
- Edge technology use cases, business models and proof of concepts;
- Open source consortia and partnerships for the edge ecosystem;
- Definition and validation of infrastructure accelerators, such as FPGAs, GPUs, and SmartNICs, for edge workloads, including Cloud/Virtual RAN (CRAN/vRAN), MEC, and real-time, interactive, latency-sensitive applications;
- AI/ML-enabled software to support remote automation of a multi-technology, heterogeneous edge built on virtual machines, containers, and bare metal workloads; and
- Edge infrastructure platforms supporting telco environmental, space, operational and automation requirements.
“Orange entered this agreement with Dell Technologies to work jointly on a variety of topics revolving around edge computing and acceleration technologies that will be key to reach the full promise of 5G,” said Stéphane Demartis, vice-president, Orange, Corporate Cloud Infrastructure.
“We believe it’s essential to prepare the ecosystem for telco use cases while progressing in our knowledge of the future technologies. Orange expects from this partnership with Dell EMC not only technical but also business outcomes in order to fuel our strategy towards multi-access edge computing transformation.”