Agile infrastructure for streamlined operations and greater flexibility
Flexible and scalable RAN services delivered on automated platforms enable faster time to market and simplified workflows, ensuring repeatability and maintainability. Open virtual architectures bring together interoperable components from a wider spectrum of suppliers and connect them via standard interfaces. This approach makes it easy to deploy redundant instances, scale efficiently, and improve isolation for services like network slicing. Open virtual RAN allows for zero-touch provisioning and automates fault detection and remediation using common tools and interfaces.
Software-centric RAN solutions increase programmability, and, when combined with intent-based orchestration, they can deliver nearly complete workflow automation. CSPs can increase service agility and help grow new services faster.
Red Hat provides a more secure framework for an open ecosystem
Red Hat delivers a cloud platform for radio vendors, network equipment providers (NEPs), and system integrators to offer a complete virtual RAN solution in an open ecosystem. Built on the open source foundation of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, Red Hat OpenShift® Container Platform, Red Hat OpenStack® Platform, and Red Hat Ansible® Automation Platform, it is easier to deploy and operate.
With Red Hat, service providers can deploy cloud RAN either as container-based or virtual machine-based functions, or both. Container-based, cloud-native designs using Red Hat OpenShift can offer additional benefits, including launching new services faster, reducing maintenance, and reducing required compute resources.
RAN services demand real-time capabilities and time-synchronization requirements from network infrastructures. Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides a consistent foundation and deterministic timing with real-time kernel, hardware acceleration with field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), graphic processing units (GPUs), and smart network interface cards (NICs), and support for precision time protocols (PTP).
Red Hat cloud platforms offer security at multiple layers. Security-Enhanced Linux® (SELinux) offers access controls, crypto policies, and offload. Red Hat OpenShift offers network isolation, identity and access management, and integrated secrets management.