Canonical announced a three year partnership with Ericsson to drive innovation around IT cloud and telecom cloud solutions, the latter in line with OPNFV. The move will help both organizations respond to increasing demand from telecoms companies and enterprises for more flexible, scalable options to meet the ever-growing appetite for new services.
Under the terms of the partnership, Ericsson will deploy Ubuntu as the host OS for Ericsson’s Cloud System platform. Ubuntu Server OS will underpin Ericsson’s offering for its telecommunications network, internal data center and cloud computing customers; giving customers flexibility and assisting the global adoption of OpenStack-based cloud technologies.
Communication companies are exploring the benefits Open Source-based clouds can bring to NFV (Network Function Virtualization) projects. Recent studies have shown that 90% of telecommunications operators plan to deploy NFV to modernize the way telecommunications networks are built and operated.
OPNFV has established itself as the platform of choice for NFV workloads. Currently, Ericsson networks bear 40% of the world’s mobile traffic and connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers globally. The focus of OPNFV is to reduce the estate of hardware platforms in order to dramatically reduce operational expenses, reduce power usage, and create greater flexibility to grow or scale-down to better mitigate market volatility.
For further information, see the offitial press release.