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Dell and Orange collaborate for multi-access edge transformation

03 May 2019
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Dell Technologies and Orange entered into an agreement to jointly explore developing key technology areas for distributed cloud architectures to deliver the real-time Edge use cases and new services opportunities 5G will create. 

Realising the full potential of edge computing, 5G innovation

5G will require a new breed of platforms supporting a rich catalogue of near real-time edge computing and IoT services. The companies will collaborate on meeting demands for new distributed architectures for 5G that combine the best of cloud and mobility. 

These distributed architectures will provide a common hardware foundation of automated, agnostic software-defined infrastructure, extending from on-premise to the radio to the core, to accelerate innovation and service delivery. 

The new mobile platforms must be built on a trusted supply chain delivering an innovative ecosystem of solutions that fulfil the promise of 5G. 

They will use network telemetry to feed intelligent automation and service orchestration systems, using artificial intelligence to ensure consistent service levels and insight across the distributed environments. 

In short, all layers of the network stack will be visible to management systems, and those management systems will autonomously ensure both efficient network operations and high customer experience.

These technologies are the same that have been driving the realisation of both enterprise data centres and public cloud. 5G extends these clouds and “IT-centric” requirements beyond traditional fixed-function hardware to deliver more dynamic, agile edge compute, storage and networking solutions.

In order to capitalise on the new business opportunities that 5G will create, Communication Service Providers need open, industry standard architectures combined with software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualisation (NFV), cloud-native applications, and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC).

Dell EMC SVP Tom Burns says, “We’re working closely with Orange to combine our joint Telco best practices with decades of data centre transformation experience to help service providers re-tool their operations to quickly and profitably roll out new 5G services. 

“For 5G and telco cloud services, service providers are turning to IT-proven technologies such as IaaS, virtualisation, and standardised infrastructure to deliver the required agility, security and control. Dell Technologies has helped our data centre customers thrive for decades with a trusted, world-class supply chain and support system.”