How OpenStack and containers power up modern telco services

For a few years now, OpenStack and containers have been top-of-mind for service providers (SPs). In fact, most telecommunications companies are already using OpenStack and considering containers in their operations. A new paper written by experts in the open source community takes a closer look at the power of combining OpenStack and Kubernetes, an open source platform that automates Linux container operations.

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Join Us: Telco shines at NAB Show, exploring Swisscom TV’s migration of live TV onto virtualized infrastructure

At this spring’s NAB Show, April 7-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Red Hat will be there to share some cool telco demos in our booth and participate in a Sunday afternoon session on live TV and virtualization.

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Red Hat readies demos for Mobile World Congress 2018

Mobile World Congress 2018 is just around the corner, and here at Red Hat we’re gearing up to demonstrate some exciting new technologies with our partners and customers in our booth at the show, Feb. 26 – Mar. 1, in Barcelona. We’ll be showcasing Red Hat technologies that give communications service providers the solutions they need to adopt an open telco model, transform their operations and deliver advanced new services. Do stop by our booth, 2G40 in Hall 2, in the conference center.

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Watch this: Red Hat and Intel team up on NFVi deployments

While network functions virtualization (NFV) proof-of-concept deployments and education continue to rise, there is still much to be done to realize all the benefits offered by NFV. To help communication service providers (CSPs) find the right path to deployment, Timo Jokiaho, head of Red Hat’s EMEA telco technology office, recently joined Bryan Madden, director of marketing for Intel’s network platforms group, for an interview at the SDN NFV World Congress to share how the two companies are collaborating to support NFV infrastructure (NFVi) deployments.

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Do-it-yourself vs. Red Hat OpenStack Platform

The beauty of open source software is that anyone can download the code and then install, configure and use it. The challenge is doing so in a production environment at scale. That’s what communications service providers (CSPs) face as they build out platforms at scale to operate cloud environments that serve millions of users. These cloud platforms include compute, networking and storage hardware as well as software to automate, manage, monitor and secure the platform.

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Watch This: Sprint, Red Hat talk OpenStack success for telcos

OpenStack has become a popular platform for telecommunications providers as they implement network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud. Remember that survey last year, in which 86 percent of global telcos consider OpenStack essential or important to their success? Sprint has made the move to OpenStack; in fact, the telco is using it as the foundation for NFV across its data centers to better support network demand, improve network throughput and set the stage for advanced network functions. At this week’s Openstack Summit in Sydney, Sprint took the stage with Red Hat to talk about its use of OpenStack for NFV.

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Watch this: Telco panel on the network edge

For communications service providers (CSPs), the network edge is high stakes. There’s opportunity to create new services, better customer experiences, and more revenue, but there’s also plenty of challenges. Recently, in a repurposed industrial space directly adjacent to the on-off ramp for the 101 Freeway over the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, five execs – from Red Hat, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Intel, Orange and Deutsche Telekom – joined on a panel hosted by TelecomTV to discuss those opportunities and challenges, and give some insights on the future of mobile edge computing (MEC).

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OpenStack Summit Sydney: Red Hat talks NFV

In just two weeks, people from around the world will gather in Sydney, Australia for the OpenStack Summit Nov. 6-8. At the three-day conference for IT business leaders, cloud operators and developers covering the open infrastructure landscape, expect to hear and learn about all about modern clouds, and the open technologies being used to build them, including OpenStack, Kubernetes, Docker, Ansible, Ceph, OVS, OpenContrail, OPNFV, and more. Red Hat’s telco team is participating in 10 presentations at the summit. For a closer look at the presentations on network functions virtualization (NFV), read on!

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Red Hat talks next-gen telco at Futurecom 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil.

Next week, tens of thousands of people, from dozens of countries, will gather at Futurecom 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil, for what’s been billed as the largest and most qualified information and communications technology (ICT) event in Latin America. Red Hat will be there – as a sponsor, with a booth, and as speakers. The show will run Oct. 2-5 at the Transamerica Expo Center and will cover everything from digital transformation and IoT to artificial intelligence and customer experience.

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Using Ansible to modernize telcos’ infrastructure through automation.

As telecommunications companies continue to modernize their networks and IT systems, they have to navigate the challenges that come with legacy systems, including legacy virtualized network functions (VNFs) that rely on local filesystem storage, single server implementations on which all the services run, and manually-intensive installations and upgrades. What telcos need are tools like Ansible, a general-purpose, open-source automation engine that automates software provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment.

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