The information and communications technology (ICT) market is transforming. Driven in large part by billions of mobile devices and connections around the world, the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile video and other modern communications, service providers are revamping their infrastructures to be more agile, open and scalable – and ready to support this brave new world. To that end, Red Hat and Ericsson have announced a broad alliance to deliver fully open source and production-ready cloud infrastructure, spanning OpenStack, software-defined networking (SDN) and software-defined infrastructure (SDI).
In a statement unveiling the alliance, Red Hat’s Paul Cormier, president, products and technologies, said that the communications industry’s future will be defined by modern architectures and open source solutions spanning the hybrid cloud, containers, software-defined infrastructure and NFV. “Ericsson shares that belief, and together we can bring the communications industry into the future with open, more secure and highly scalable solutions that enable customers to transform their businesses and deliver on the promise of IoT, 5G and more,” he said.
Red Hat and Ericsson are long-time partners on a number of initiatives, including efforts to bring together Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat JBoss Middleware to Ericsson customers. And now, the two focus on network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi), OpenStack, SDN, SDI and containers. They are also working together on upstream contributions to open source projects and communities like OPNFV, OpenStack, and OpenDaylight as well as communities focused on container technologies, new joint offerings for NFV infrastructure, SDN and SDI, product certifications, and professional services.
Jason Hoffman, head of Product Area Cloud Infrastructure, Ericsson, added in the statement that ICT’s future is “open and software defined,” and service providers need to be able to grow faster in rapidly changing times. “This alliance drives exactly this,” said Hoffman.
Tecently, at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, Ericsson’s Susan James, head of Product Line NFVi, talked to Telecom TV about the partnership and how it will help expand Ericsson’s current telco NFV offering and offer its mobile telco customers choice over their SDN and NFV journey. Hear more from James.
For more information on Red Hat’s and Ericsson’s alliance, read the announcement. Or listen to a webinar where the two companies discuss how this alliance will deliver fully open source and production-ready cloud infrastructure, spanning OpenStack, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI).