AT&T and Dell partner on open infrastructure technologies

AT&T and Dell partner on open infrastructure technologies

16 August 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Dell Technologies and AT&T are developing open infrastructure technology areas for the next-gen network edge that will be required for 5G.

“Dell Technologies addition to the Airship community reaffirms the industry’s growing trust and investment in the open infrastructure model,” said Amy Wheelus (pictured), vice president, AT&T Network Cloud. “This collaboration will not only enable us to accelerate the AT&T Network Cloud on the Dell Technologies infrastructure, but also further the broader community goal of making it as simple as possible for operators to deploy and manage open infrastructure in support of SDN and other workloads.”

According to both parties, 5G requires new, distributed architectures that use software-defined, disaggregated and open infrastructure to automate the delivery and management of mobile service and analytics-driven telemetry to ensure consistent service levels.

As a result, Dell and AT&T will work together in the open source community to create a vision of network disaggregation and accelerate the deployment of open infrastructure and AT&T Network Cloud using Airship, a set of open source tools that automate cloud provisioning and life-cycle management. In addition, bring together the wider Airship community to accelerate Airship towards a 2.0 release; jointly develop open source efforts including Metal3-io and OpenStack Ironic, and integrate the Kubernetes Cluster API; and Deliver open source automation capabilities across the stack on Dell Technologies infrastructure.

“Dell Technologies is working closely with AT&T to combine our joint telco industry best practices with decades of data centre transformation experience to help service providers quickly roll out new breeds of experiential Edge and 5G services,” said Kevin Shatzkamer, vice president, Dell EMC Service Provider Solutions. “As the world leader in servers, storage and personal computers, Dell’s world class supply chain is best positioned to deliver the cost structure, predictability and access to emerging infrastructure technologies required to enable the transition to a more open, disaggregated mobile network.”  

Earlier this year, Dell entered into a similar agreement with Orange to jointly develop technology for distributed cloud architectures to generate real-time edge use cases and new service opportunities for 5G.