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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Telcos + OpenStack = Innovation

Why do telcos and OpenStack go so well together? What opportunities can telcos realize through an OpenStack implementation? And how does NFV, cloud and 5G fit into the telco business model? Red Hat’s vice president of telecommunications, Darrell Jordan-Smith, joined Stu Miniman, senior analyst at Wikibon and John Troyer, ‎chief reckoner at TechReckoning, in “The Cube” at OpenStack Summit this past May to talk telco and OpenStack.

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Red Hat takes the stage at the OPNFV Summit in China.

In mid-June, we’ll be joining thousands in China for The Linux Foundation’s OPNFV Summit to talk all things Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), in particular to accelerate the evolution of open source NFV and an integrated, open reference platform built by industry leaders and innovators. We at Red Hat believe that using this open reference platform will accelerate the NFV evolution. We hope you can join us at the JW Marriott in Beijing, China June 12-15.

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The Red Hat telco ecosystem delivers on NFV and OpenStack.

Plenty of telcos have either already committed to, or are actively investigating, network functions virtualization (NFV) running on OpenStack platform to help them increase network agility and mitigate costs. We at Red Hat firmly believe NFV + OpenStack is the infrastructure of modern telecommunications.

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ACG Research recognizes Red Hat for innovation in cloud and NFV.

We at Red Hat love to talk about how open source technologies and Red Hat solutions help companies around the world innovate and excel. Every now and then, though, it’s nice to talk about – and be recognized for – our own innovation. Just recently Red Hat was awarded a 2016 Omega Award for Sustained Innovation from ACG Research, an analyst and consulting firm that focuses on the service providers’ networking and the telecom industry.

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