Pathway opened to ‘modern telecoms services’ says Red Hat
Digital transformation and technology modernisation aren’t trends that are limited to the enterprise world. Behind the walls of proprietary stacks, many telecommunications service providers also want to use open innovation to evolve their infrastructure and services in an agile, flexible fashion.
But these closed stacks are a problem, says Red Hat, and one that extends from the core datacentre all the way to the central offices. Central offices are the local ‘hubs’ of many telecommunications networks, often handling “last-mile” operations like telephone switching, copper, and optical terminations.
These operations lean on purpose-built equipment that can be rigid and complex. Coupled with a lack of open standards, these devices can struggle to interact with each other, making the life of operations teams in central offices harder, especially in the face of demand for modern services expected from 5G.
These differentiated services increasingly require virtualised environments and computing power at the network edge, leading to substantial demand for resources, flexibility and operational simplicity. Bringing open technologies to these scenarios is a challenge, but it’s one that Red Hat is ready to meet with our new Red Hat virtual central office solution.
It provides a blueprint for modernising telecommunications operations at the network edge via an open, software-defined infrastructure platform. Service providers can readily slot Red Hat’s portfolio of open standards-based products as well as technologies from our robust ecosystem of certified partners into this pluggable framework.
Red Hat virtual central office solution encompasses several critical use cases for residential, business and mobile services, including broadband access, software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) and mobile broadband. These scenarios can also extend to include other use cases like voice over LTE (VoLTE).
Essentially, Red Hat’s solution enables telecommunications service providers to manage existing services and prepare for the future, all while modernising their central offices on open standards and enterprise-grade technologies designed to “just work” together.
From a product standpoint, Red Hat virtual central office solution encompasses:
- Red Hat enterprise Linux – the world’s providing enterprise Linux platform, which provides the foundational bedrock for additional technologies like virtualisation and private cloud.
- Red Hat openStack platform – Red Hat’s massively-scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering built on the popular OpenStack project. Red Hat OpenStack Platform provides the scalability and flexibility needed to meet the vast network needs of telecommunications service providers.
- Red Hat openshift container platform – the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, provides full-stack automated operations to help manage hybrid and multicloud deployments while optimising developer productivity and helping to more easily bring emerging, open innovation into production systems.
- Red Hat ansible automation – Red Hat’s agentless automation technology, which helps automate complex, routine tasks that can prove to be stumbling blocks in managing expanding networks.
- Red Hat ceph storage – an open, software-defined storage technology designed for object storage and cloud infrastructure. Ceph Storage offers a scalable, flexible storage option for modern telco operations at scale.
Beyond Red Hat technologies, Red Hat virtual central office solution also incorporates a broad set of technologies from Red Hat’s partner ecosystem. Participating partners at launch include Affirmed Networks, Altiostar, Amdocs, Cumulus Networks, F5 Networks, HPE, Inspur, Intel, Kaloom, Metaswitch Networks, MYCOM OSI, Tech Mahindra, Trilio and World Wide Technology.