Dell Partners Across Telecom Ecosystem to Solve Industry Challenges

We are expanding our commitment to open telecom ecosystem solutions by driving innovation and facilitating collaboration.

Communication service providers (CSPs) embracing open technologies are poised to capture massive opportunities but face complex barriers to technology adoption. Dell Technologies is doubling down on its commitment to simplify today’s disaggregated telecom landscape and serve as a unifying force in the telecom industry through the introduction of the Dell Open Telecom Ecosystem Community.

The community brings together telecom partners and CSPs, leveraging the Dell Open Telecom Ecosystem Lab, to deliver open telecom solutions to market more quickly. The community will also develop and share telecom ecosystem knowledge, innovate new ideas to solve critical challenges and improve solution time-to-value as part of monetizing open networks.

“As a founding member of the leading open-source Open RAN solution now in high scale deployment globally, we believe it is important to bring together the ecosystem to engage in discussion and develop and share telecom knowledge,” said Paul Miller, chief technology officer, Wind River. “We are excited to join the Dell Technologies Open Telecom Ecosystem Community where telecom partners and Communication Service Providers can work together to drive innovation and actionable outcomes and make the open ecosystem a reality.”

Additionally, today we are announcing new collaborations across the open telecom ecosystem with our technology partners Amdocs, Juniper Networks, Nokia and Qualcomm.

Driving Accelerator Innovation to Deliver Open RAN Price Performance

CSPs want to use open solutions in their networks that enable them to leverage various combinations of hardware and software to meet the specific needs of their network services. The RAN portion of the network requires specific features from infrastructure and software to support this highly demanding, business-critical workload. In addition, CSP reliability requirements and the sheer scale of deployments mean these open architectures need to be highly dependable while delivering comparable price performance characteristics of traditional solutions.

Building on our work previously announced with Fujitsu and Marvell®, today we’re expanding our accelerator partner ecosystem. We’re announcing new partner collaborations that will continue to drive innovation and enable less costly and more efficient paths to open RAN, bringing CSPs more choice and the ability to deploy open networks with confidence:

    • Nokia and Dell Technologies have formed an agreement to integrate and validate a solution combining Nokia’s 5G Cloud RAN software and Cloud RAN SmartNIC in-line Layer 1 accelerator card with Dell’s open infrastructure, including Dell PowerEdge servers. Dell and Nokia will share engineering and R&D resources to bring the vRAN solution to market. Dell will use its Open Telecom Ecosystem Lab as the center for testing and validation, while Nokia will focus work on the Nokia Open Cloud RAN E2E System Test Lab.
    • Qualcomm and Dell Technologies are collaborating to develop a next-generation, 5G virtualized distributed unit (vDU). Dell PowerEdge XR8000 and XR5610 servers purpose-built for telecom and enterprise edge use cases, combined with the Qualcomm X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card with commercial-grade Layer 1 software, offer a high-performing, cost-effective and energy-efficient solution for OEMs and network operators deploying virtualized and Open RAN technologies.

Accelerating Cloud-native 5G Network Deployments

Dell and Amdocs are working together to accelerate the deployment of 5G Stand-Alone (5G SA) core networks. By combining Dell PowerEdge R760 servers with Amdocs Policy and Charging capabilities, CSPs can accelerate a cloud-native 5G core policy and charging control solution in an on-premises cloud environment. With an automated and validated solution, CSPs can rapidly deploy a 5G standalone solution with partners across the open ecosystem, reduce time to market and deliver differentiated services on their networks.

Dell is collaborating with Juniper Networks on a certified solution that provides a simple and direct path to server consolidation and power reduction at cell sites. CSPs aim to reduce their carbon footprint and energy consumption while addressing the growing demand of a digitally connected world. Hybrid network infrastructure, comprised of physical routers, Juniper Cloud-Native Router software and Open RAN compliant Dell PowerEdge servers, helps CSPs work toward their power efficiency and sustainability goals.

Making the Promise of Open a Reality

These are only a few examples of how we’re working with partners across the industry to accelerate the adoption of open and 5G technologies. Combining the knowledge of Dell’s global sales force and our engineers in our Open Telecom Ecosystem Labs, with mobile operators and telecom partners from across the globe, the Dell Open Telecom Ecosystem Community will drive continued innovation to solve key industry challenges with actionable outcomes.

Dell is deeply focused on rallying the industry to enable open and innovative technologies. Together with our partners across the industry, we’re ready to make the promise of the open telecom ecosystem a reality. Please visit the Dell Technologies Telecom Partner Ecosystem site to learn more.

About the Author: Dennis Hoffman

Dennis Hoffman leads the Telecom Systems Business at Dell Technologies. In this role, Mr. Hoffman is responsible for the development and execution of Dell Technologies end-to-end operating plan and strategy in the Communication Services market. Mr. Hoffman is a 30-year veteran of the technology industry. Prior to his current role, he led the Corporate Strategy function at Dell Technologies following a similar role at EMC. Before that, he was responsible for launching EMC’s Virtual Computing Environment coalition with Cisco and VMware to help organizations around the world capture the promise and benefits of converged infrastructure platforms. He was previously responsible for the professional development, productivity and technical excellence of EMC’s global presales organization, as well as the performance of EMC’s Education Services offering and organization. Mr. Hoffman led the team at EMC that developed and initiated the execution of the company’s information security strategy, which resulted in the acquisition of RSA Security and several other security companies. While at RSA, he was responsible for the strategy development, execution and financial performance of RSA’s Data Security Business Unit, as well as strategic planning, strategic partnerships and business development for the RSA Division as a whole. In his first role at the company, he led product marketing for EMC Software Group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hoffman served as CEO and Co-founder of Storigen Systems, a pioneering developer of distributed storage networking software that was acquired by EMC in October 2003. Mr. Hoffman also spent six years at Avid Technology where he was responsible for the marketing and business development of its storage and networking products, and he has held strategy consulting and engineering roles at companies including Marakon Associates, Eastman Kodak and Polaroid Corporation. Mr. Hoffman graduated from Union College with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA from Harvard University.