When Telco and IT realms converge

Telecom equipment vendor, Ericsson’s foray into the realm of Information Technology (IT), sees them last February joining the Open Compute Project (OCP that was founded by Facebook. The OCP aims to drive adoption software-defined infrastructure in data centres, with the end goal of making computing scalable and as cost-efficient as possible.

For Ericsson, that also means building systems based on Intel’s Rack Scale Architecture and together with leading hardware manufacturer, Quanta Computer.

In February, this two companies entered a strategic partnership to scale the design, development, and manufacturing of an expanded data centre solution based upon Ericsson’s Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 (HDS 8000).

In Southeast Asia, Indonesia’s XL Axiata, is the first telco operator to deploy the HDS8000, as part of its cloud evolution and realisation of Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV).

Dian Siswarini, President Director, XL Axiata, says, “Through this hyperscale cloud initiative with Ericsson, we look forward to putting NFV and cloud to practical use. We will accelerate the delivery of innovative services by exposing network assets, while improving efficiency and reducing risk in how networks are built and operated to meet the needs of the future.”

The HDS 8000 which was first announced last year, is claimed to be the first implementation of Intel’s Rack Scale Architecture, and boasts of AT&T, NTT Docomo, Telefonica and more, as some of their commercial customers. The solution also claims to save capital expenditure up to 55-percent, while operating expenditure is reduced by as much as 75-percent.

The HDS 8000 data centre system uses a disaggregated hardware architecture for better resource utilisation, and focuses on complete operator cloud transformation for NFV, IT and commercial cloud operations.

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