Ericsson picks OpenStack for its $30m datacentre and cloud infrastructure

Ericsson has picked open-source cloud computing platform OpenStack for its $30m datacentre, cloud and telecommunications infrastructure update

Communications services giant Ericsson has picked open-source cloud computing platform OpenStack for its $30m (£17.9m) datacentre, cloud and telecommunications infrastructure update.

The Swedish telco firm has struck a five-year deal with Mirantis, the OpenStack provider, to deploy carrier-grade open-source software in its cloud software platform used for telecommunications networks, internal datacentres and cloud computing services.

With the OpenStack software on its cloud platform, Ericsson will reduce the number of hardware platforms in the network and reduce power consumption. 

The new infrastructure will also provide more flexibility and scalability, helping Ericsson slash operating expenses and reduce time to market to deliver new services.

Ericsson connects more than 2.5 billion subscribers globally and its networks carry more than 40% of the world’s mobile traffic. As a telecommunications giant, Ericsson’s uptime, reliability and performance requirements are very demanding. 

The company's decision to pick OpenStack is seen as a major milestone for the open-source cloud service in proving its readiness to meet uptime and scalability requirements. 

“The joint effort between our companies will help advance and enhance the production quality of OpenStack,” said Jason Hoffman, product line head for the Ericsson Cloud Systems and Platforms.

Cloud-based services can help network operators add value and improve their enterprise services and applications services – whether through more efficient telecom and internal IT services or value-added cloud services, Hoffman said.

Ericsson will work with Mirantis to improve OpenStack’s performance, resilience, fault tolerance and security.

Besides using Mirantis OpenStack for carrier-grade deployments, Ericsson will deploy and integrate OpenStack for the IT operation of mobile operators and service providers. 

This will help operators rationalise their IT infrastructure by delivering enterprise-grade cloud services to their users based on an open standard.

Just last year, Ericsson said it is investing 7bn Swedish Krona (£682m) in the next five years to build three modular datacentre facilities for its cloud services and to boost its research and development efforts.

Mirantis has previously helped build and deploy OpenStack clouds at companies such as AT&T, Cisco WebEx, Comcast, Dell, The Gap, NASA, PayPal, Red Hat, and Verizon.

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