Ericsson joins OpenStack, aiming at operators with cloud ambitions

The company will help improve fault management and support for VMware

Ericsson has joined OpenStack as part of its plan to serve operators that want to become cloud computing providers, the company said on Tuesday.

OpenStack is an open-source community that develops software for private and public clouds. The Swedish telecommunications vendor will contribute to help develop OpenStack to support carrier-grade services and applications.

The services and applications include a number of areas, according to András Vajda, cloud management driver at Ericsson's Cloud Program. One of those areas is fault management, which is completely missing from OpenStack today. Ericsson is also planning to develop proper support for VMware, including the ability to migrate virtual machines between hosts, Vajda said.

The company will most likely contribute to help improve OpenStack's networking features, as well.

"There will always be a trade-off between what goes back into OpenStack, and what we use as an add-on on top. That is still not worked out completely internally," Vajda said.

At Mobile World Congress, Ericsson is demonstrating an upcoming management tool for OpenStack-based clouds.

The demonstration uses a test bed consisting of three data centers, distributed across different continents. The tool is used to create and connect virtual data centers at each of the three physical locations, and join them together to form a distributed virtual private cloud.

The tool can also automate the deployment of cloud services or applications, and Ericsson has integrated an automated service-level agreement (SLA) resolution, as well. Along with technology from Telcordia, which Ericsson has acquired, the management tool will feed into Ericsson's recently announced Network-enabled Cloud concept.

"There are two main differentiating factors for operators compared to other cloud providers. One, they have a trusted relationship with their enterprise customers and the second one is their control of the network," Vajda said.

Ericsson's concept will allow operators to provision a cloud service and configure the network resources needed at the same time. That is something Amazon or other big public cloud providers can't do, according to Vajda.

The next step in Ericsson's cloud concept will be to start moving data centers out into the network. Many components in today's operator networks run on hardened Intel-based servers. Spare capacity on those servers is a tremendous resource that can be used for cloud services, according to Vajda.

"Our solution will allow that compute power to be used for latency or bandwidth-sensitive services," said Vajda.

By moving applications closer to the user, operators could both save bandwidth and improve performance, he said.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?