The Journey to 5G is built on Open Architecture


The rise of the digital services economy demands a new generation of data center infrastructure, one that is software-defined and provides data center-wide resource pooling for efficiency. This next-generation architecture must be ready for the data rates of 5G networks and an ever-larger flood of bits and bytes from billions of connected devices and the Internet of Things.

This isn’t just talk of the future. This is a look at what is here today in the form of next-generation data center solutions that are in the spotlight this week at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona.

In one of these solutions, Ericsson used the MWC event to showcase a new strategic partnership with Quanta Computer to scale the design, development, and manufacturing of an expanded, next-generation Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000.

This Ericsson solution is based on a software-defined architecture that leverages key Intel technologies for the next-generation data center, including alignment to the Intel® Rack Scale Architecture and Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications. Ericsson plans to offer the forward-looking solution in both existing form factors and an OCP form factor, with all designs and component alternatives managed via a common software control plane.

To further accelerate the development of the Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 solution and open architectures for hyperscale data centers, Ericsson has joined the Open Compute Project as a platinum-level member. The company is focusing its OCP efforts on hardware design for scale-out data center solutions that will drive the adoption of the Intel Rack Scale Architecture with open form factors.

This is a very powerful mix—best practices from the Open Compute Project and Intel® Rack Scale Architecture coupled with software-defined infrastructure to deliver advanced automation capabilities for the next-generation cloud data center. Put it all together and you’re poised to help companies capitalize on the opportunities brought by lightning-fast 5G networks and billions of connected devices.

Want to make this story even better? In another MWC announcement, Ericsson unveiled its plans to extend its cloud transformation services and infrastructure portfolio to leverage Amazon Web Services. Under a new global alliance, Ericsson and AWS will work together to accelerate cloud transformation for communication service providers by driving the convergence of mobile infrastructure and cloud.

At Intel, we love to see world-class companies collaborating to accelerate this transformation. We’re not talking about making incremental changes to the existing infrastructure. Together we are simplifying advanced technologies and accelerating mass adoption of new data center architectures that are built to fuel the next wave of the digital services economy. We’re talking about putting a new software-defined foundation in place to drive a whole new level of scale and automation.

For a closer look at the work Ericsson is doing to industrialize the digital services economy, visit Hyperscale Now.