Dell's cloud-native suite to push CSPs "beyond the hype" of 5G

10 June 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Dell Technologies has unveiled a "cloud-native infrastructure foundation solution", that is has said will push CSPs "beyond the hype" of 5G to create new commercial ops in network deployments and edge.

Introducing infrastructure and solutions, an industry partners ecosystem and a new innovation lab, Dell said CSPs can use its solutions suite to "embrace software-defined industry standards, simplify integration and management of data at the edge and capture new revenue opportunities".

"Telecom companies need ways to mitigate the risk and complexities associated with evolving their network infrastructure," said Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business.

"An open, cloud-native approach is the answer to quickly capture this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and move beyond the hype of 5G to the reality of a resilient next-generation network that creates more opportunities for operators, industries of all kinds and communities around the world."

The details

The first part of Dell's launch is a cloud-native network infrastructure with a full stack of open, scalable carrier-grade server and software solutions that it said can "simplify and accelerate this journey".

Today, CSPs can use Dell Technologies validated reference architectures to deploy full-stack telecommunications solutions from partners, including VMware and Red Hat, with optimal Dell hardware, software and services.

With Project Metalweaver software, CSPs can select, autonomously deploy and manage thousands of multi-vendor compute, network and storage devices across multiple locations. Open and on-demand resources can be scaled to multi-premises, backed by Dell Technologies global support and services.

Dell Technologies is also introducing new reference architectures to span telecommunications edge, core and Open RAN environments.

These provide full stack guidance, deployment options and operational recommendations for specific use cases to help CSPs deploy applications and services that enterprises demand.

To minimise the financial burden, Dell Financial Services will extend flexible payment solutions to those CSPs.

Part three sees Dell Technologies introduce its Open Telecom Ecosystem Lab where partners and customers can explore and collaborate on future telecom technologies and applications with Dell.

Located at Dell Technologies' HQ in Round Rock, Texas, it is billed as a carrier-grade testing environment that will offer CSPs the ability to mirror customer locations and test multi-vendor, real-world solutions and services.

New solutions can be incubated in the lab, then quickly brought to market and Dell's technology partner programme provides engineering resources and project management support to design, build, market and sell network solutions and services.

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

"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. 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."