Dell Technologies is helping the telecommunications industry accelerate the adoption of open, cloud-native technologies with solutions and partnerships, including Dell Telecom Infrastructure Blocks for Red Hat, Dell PowerEdge edge servers, a private wireless program and expanded lab capabilities.
“The promise of open telecom network architecture is clear to operators, but has so far been a challenge to realize,” said Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business. “To address this challenge, the industry needs to create consumable, tested solutions that telecom operators can confidently deploy in their networks. With our new partnerships, solutions and expanded lab capabilities, Dell Technologies is quickly growing the industry ecosystem and bringing together communications service providers and technology partners, so we can put open innovation into action.”
Dell introduces Telecom Infrastructure Blocks for Red Hat to help network operators meet the demands of 5G core and radio access network (RAN) workloads. The engineered, cloud-native solution is co-designed with Red Hat and backed by Dell services and support. The solution includes the hardware, software and subscriptions network operators need to build, scale-out and power core network functions using Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes.
Telecom networks typically are built with siloed, vendor-specific stacks that limit operational agility and infrastructure efficiency. Dell’s solution is based on open technologies and simplifies the design, deployment and lifecycle management of a telecom cloud. With the expanded Telecom Infrastructure Block portfolio, network operators can improve the efficiency of how they use their IT resources to reduce operational costs and power consumption, which lowers their carbon footprint.
ACG Research estimates that CSPs deploying Dell Telecom Infrastructure Blocks can reduce OpEx by 40 percent and CapEx by 10 percent versus deploying telecom cloud infrastructure without the Dell solution. ACG found that, by reducing power and cooling expenses, 833 metric tons of total CO2 emissions can be saved over five years, which is equivalent to driving 179 gas-powered cars for one year or the average amount of electricity used by 162 homes during one year.
New Dell PowerEdge XR8000, XR7620 and XR5610 servers specifically are designed for telecom, open RAN and mobile edge computing workloads while simplifying edge operations. The compact servers are based on 4th Gen Intel Xeon scalable processors. Those with Intel vRAN Boost can eliminate the need for an external accelerator card resulting in approximately 20 percent additional compute power savings for a lower cost of ownership than previous servers.
The scalable, modular designs simplify deployment and maintenance, while Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) Level 3 compliance and zero trust enabling capabilities help provide safety and security in the field. With Dell’s Smart Cooling technology, the servers can use less power and offer increased performance. In addition, the systems will support temperatures from –5 to 55 degrees Celsius in edge locations from the factory floor to remote cellular base stations.3
The Dell Private Wireless Program, built on a diverse ecosystem of partners, is designed to offer CSPs and enterprise customers more choices in private wireless solutions, so they can find the best fit for their own needs. Jointly developed with technology partners, the private wireless solutions, based on open architectures, are pre-tested and validated by Dell and include self-service operations capabilities. Dell professionals remove complexity through solution integration, end-to-end management and support.
Dell Private Wireless with Airspan and Expeto is an integrated solution for medium and large enterprises to extend on-site and remote application support across private and public 4G and 5G networks. Dell Private Wireless with Athonet helps small and medium businesses deploy their choice of network architecture, radio vendor or spectrum band for an affordable, easy-to-use private wireless solution.
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