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.
According to Dell, 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.
In order to capitalize on the new business opportunities that 5G will create, Operators need open, industry standard architectures combined with SDN, NFV, cloud native applications, and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), said Dell. Combining their respective expertise, Dell Technologies and Orange will collaborate on the definition and development of:
- Edge technology use cases, business models and proof of concepts
- Open source consortia and partnerships for the edge ecosystem
- Definition and validation of infrastructure accelerators, such as FPGAs, GPUs, and SmartNICs, for edge workloads, including Cloud/Virtual RAN (CRAN/vRAN), MEC, and real-time, interactive, latency-sensitive applications
- AI/ML-enabled software to support remote automation of a multi-technology, heterogeneous edge built on virtual machines, containers, and bare metal workloads
- Edge infrastructure platforms supporting Telco environmental, space, operational and automation requirements.