IKEA didn't change furniture. It changed how furniture was put together.

Traditional IT is at the beginning of its end, and next-generation digital transformation requires the destruction of existing entropy. This is not unique to technology, as IKEA as proven. Get insight in how to disrupt your traditional market and break out from the "it´s always been done that way" mindset.

See why a 5G car is like the datacenter of tomorrow

See how a 5G remote controlled car demo can evoke the same principle as datacenter automation, which is going to spur a re-examination of datacenter design paradigms and the future of digitial transformation. Check out videos of both the 5G demo from Mobile World Congress and of our Jason Hoffman giving his insight on the datacenter of tomorrow.

How to save the Oscars with blockchain technology

The chaos around the mistaken announcement of La La Land as winner of Best Picture will surely make the 2017 Oscars go down as one of the most embarrassing events in the history of the Academy. Let's examine whether the problem could have been prevented using a blockchain - a distributed database that can contain encrypted data and code.

See how cloud technology can support refugee camp schools

In early 2016, in partnership with the telecom operator Asiacell and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), we launched the Connect To Learn educational platform in the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, providing directly quality education to thousands of refugee children.

Why does telecom need cloud?

So you’re a successful telecom provider. Maybe you’re global, but most likely, you dominate one particular region. And now you want to become a cloud services provider. How do you know you have the right tools?

Do you know how to protect your high temperature datacenter?

New, industrial grade, data-intensive applications create the need for a new, more decentralized infrastructure. This infrastructure must cater to the evolution of NFV as it comes to be deployed on all types of network sites. It must also provide new value to support application use cases.

Can an open source datacenter be as efficient as recycling in Sweden?

Sweden is good at recycling. So good, in fact, that only 1 percent of the country’s waste ends up in a landfill. Interestingly, Sweden’s efficient use of waste is a good analog for various efficiencies of a hyperscale datacenter.

Open source for distributed data collection at the Open Compute Summit

 Everything is a datacenter - your smartphone, your laptop, even the connected devices in your home like your connected thermostat.  Every single one of these devices has compute, storage, networking and a set of services and applications running in an operating system that connect into the broader fabric we know today as the cloud. One of the emerging challenges in today’s device dominated world is managing all of these endpoints.

Hyperscale raises the bar. Your RFIs should follow suit

Traditional datacenters are famously outdated and ill-equipped to handle the future. Sluggish and unpredictable, they are perceived to be unresponsive to the needs of the businesses they serve. They were designed as silos of excellence. Compute, storage, and networking infrastructure was segregated into separate domains, each separately procured, scaled, and updated, with no cross-collaboration. Lack of transparency meant stranded resources and compliance challenges.

The result was an unwieldy juggernaut that seemed to have lost sight of why datacenters exist in the first place: to provide the best experience for applications, the lifeblood of businesses.

You need to see tomorrow's cloud infrastructure today at Mobile World Congress

You really wish you were at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona right now – and so do I! Because we'd get to see in action Ericsson’s Future Digital Infrastructure (FDI) display, a prototype for the datacenters of the future. If you are there, you can watch the robotic arm move, hear the sounds it makes, and discuss it with my friend and colleague Seamus Keane – he's probably standing right there in front of it.

Modernize your applications now with a full KPI-driven framework

As I have argued in my previous posts, an iterative approach is the right decision when you are modernizing your applications. But how can you measure success? How can you understand your true starting point before starting a migration? How can you help  your team embark on a smooth and full migration to a new way of working? How can you move your technology forward and keep it aligned with the rest of the industry?

Here is some guidance to make your migration simple and easy to measure.

Intel® Rack Scale Design - a dramatic evolution in datacenter infrastructure

Data is the new life blood, and companies in every industry are putting data at the center of their business. This is the next wave of digital industrialization, and it requires a dramatic evolution in the way in which datacenter infrastructure is architected and managed.

Learn how blockchain guarantees data integrity for the Internet of Things

Each element of the Internet of Things chain - software, systems, infrastructure, and data – must have a third party-verifiable trust anchor. Traditional security solutions can't provide this. But a blockchain is a tamper-proof distributed database that can validate the data generated by IoT devices. Learn how the Ericsson Blockchain Data Integrity service provides detection of digital asset and data compromise. 

Red Hat, Ericsson and a shared vision of open innovation

The future of ICT for enterprises and operators will be defined by open, modern architectures spanning NFV, hybrid cloud, containers and software-defined infrastructure (SDI). Sharing a belief in the might of open source, Red Hat and Ericsson are collaborating upstream to develop capabilities that address current and future needs of both enterprise and telco IT.

What happens when digital industrialization changes your IT infrastructure?

Advances in cloud computing, plus the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence, and automation, are dramatically altering not only how IT departments are employing cloud technology, but also the fundamental way the enterprise does business.

Intel® Rack Scale Design will be the new normal in cloud infrastructure

It's good to be first. But it's also nice to see others following your path.

This is how we feel about Intel Rack Scale Design. In 2014 Ericsson and Intel formed a partnership to modernize datacenters and make hyperscale, software-defined infrastructure available for all industries. We launched Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000, the first commercial product based on Intel Rack Scale Design, in 2015 and it became broadly available in 2016. Now, it's possible to procure Intel Rack Scale Design systems from a broad vendor community.

Why new apps boost the need for Distributed Cloud Infrastructure

New, industrial grade, data-intensive applications create the need for a new, more decentralized infrastructure. This infrastructure will cater to the evolution of NFV as it comes to be deployed on all types of network sites. It must also provide new value to support application use cases.

What do digital leaders have in common? Exponential effectiveness.

What do all digital leaders have in common? Exponential effectiveness. Explore this theme and how it relates to the Intel Super 7 in a post based on a new paper I wrote with Jason Hoffman, the Head of Product Area Cloud Systems at Ericsson. In the paper, we took the 10 steps of emotional processing and applied them to what we call Future Digital. 

8 questions you need to ask about your legacy applications

When executives consider their applications, the maturity of those applications and whether they can help the business achieve its digital goals, there is often a big debate about which ones should be considered legacy applications and then how to evolve them. This is becoming a requirement in every single industry, so here is some guidance on how to recognize the problem and intelligently move your applications to the next level of maturity!

Preparing for 5G: do you understand the new rule book for winning?

Are you ready for a zero distance world marked by ever-accelerating digital transformation? We have three main messages for people and companies that want to succeed: re-find who you are, learn the new ways of winning and become a digital machine. 

What are vPODs and how do they make you both agile and lean?

We call our aggregated software systems vPODs, and we implement them through software-defined infrastructure.  Find out how you can get both the agility and utilization rates promised by a bimodal architecture but without the potential wasted investment of "bolt-on innovation."

Don't let "Yelp for the Enterprise" destroy your reputation

Traditional company-specific consumer platforms are evolving into digital ecosystems. Enterprise supply chains and partner ecosystems will likewise transform into digital supply networks. This means that enterprises must place high importance on reliability and on their ability to interoperate within ecosystems, lest "Yelp for the Enterprise" destroy their reputation.

Why Ericsson is one of the bookends of cloud infrastructure

In a conversation with Rick Ramsey, Jason Hoffman,  the Head of Product Area Cloud Systems, talks about how Ericsson is one of the bookends at the edge of cloud infrastructure. “This is part of what attracted me to come to Ericsson: on the mobile network side, there's a very automated, event- and algorithmically-driven infrastructure – it's a gigantic global machine. That’s what Ericsson builds.”

Why you need to start application modernization today

You hear a lot about how application modernization projects - moving applications into the cloud - are more than a mandate but instead are a necessity to survive. But how do you start with this often overwhelming task? How do you accomplish it and which methods do you use? The answers to these questions can spark huge debates even in the top performing companies.

Is your datacenter ready for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant?

Consumer-facing talking assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant will lead to an M2M-dominated internet, and unprecedented fluctuations in workload. With the rise of this voice-powered Interent of Things (IoT), telcos must be ready for efficient resource allocation with software-defined infrastructure.

Rugby - not sumo or American football - is the best hyperscale sport

Sumo wrestlers are powerful. American football players are agile. But only rugby players are powerful, agile and lean enough to illustrate the strengths of hyperscale cloud datacenter infrastructure. Learn how to get lean with hyperscale and how disaggregated hardware elminates overprovisioning.

Why machine learning is the key to datacenter transformation

Are you ready to apply machine learning to your datacenter and actually use that big data in an iterative process to drive change back into the environment? Imagine if you had the same level of automation and awareness and security in your own datacenter as the Super 7 do in theirs.

Intel, Ericsson and a new datacenter IT infrastructure

Sandra Rivera, Intel’s Vice President, Data Center Group (and General Manager, Network Platforms Group) explains how telco service providers can benefit from the Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000, which incorporates Intel(R) Rack Scale Design (RSD) and is engineered to keep your datacenter agile and your business flexible.

Cloud migration, application modernization and hybrid cloud in 2017

If you work in enterprise IT you’ve heard the phrases “cloud migration”, “application modernization” and “hybrid cloud” almost ad nauseum. But these IT trends aren’t just being discussed at industry trade shows anymore—now they are major initiatives for enterprise organizations across the globe.

How can new and open ecosystems transform your datacenter?

A dramatic shift to online ecosystems and open platforms is requiring business to efficiently handle dramatic changes in scale, sometimes in both directions, with fintech and the automotive industry as key examples. But today's datacenter infrastructure and operations don’t lend themselves to this kind of elasticity. What is the solution? 

4 things you need to know about your IT infrastructure strategy

The default choice for IT departments is to stick with their existing infrastructure. They don't want to make any fundamental changes in passive infrastructure, human resources, real estate resources, and operational models. But what was great in the past is not good enough now.

6 reasons you need to worry about Model-(I)T infrastructure

IT infrastructure has rarely been a concern for CEOs. But the situation is changing as companies accelerate their digital transformation journey. Today it is relevant for CEOs to look at the direction taken for infrastructure technology in order to carry the load of their digital transformation.

What are the best business models for the IoT and big data?

The impact of big data on datacenter infrastructure will be of a scale that is hard to imagine today. The current infrastructure of datacenters was built to handle smaller workloads, based on simple, human-machine interactions. As industry moves forward with big data, it will require an infrastructure that's at least as cost-effective as the current one, but much more efficient.

Why you need to fight shadow IT to master the digital economy

Historically, in every economic system, it’s been easy to tell who the boss is. They are the one who controls the resources. The pharaoh controlled the granaries, the noble controlled the land where the serfs toiled, and the industrialist owned the machines clanking away in the 19th-century factory.

How to ensure data integrity in the industrial internet

Watch a brief demonstration of infrastructure technology developed for industrial applications. It enables developers to route, process, and filter data in a distributed environment. The demo features distributed execution of data collection pipelines and using blockchain we further demonstrate our ability to ensure sensor data integrity at the edge, verification of data provenance and end to end auditability of pipeline activities.

How to escape the vicious cycle of lifecycle maintenance

With servers in a datacenter, the cost of unnecessarily replacing all equipment when you only need to replace one component becomes unwieldy. But with software-defined infrastructure, physical components can be upgraded as needed.

How to make the Death Star indestructible with hyperscale

As the present looks more like the future, Star Wars looks more like the past. What it needs is to embrace platforms, blockchain and software-defined infrastructure, among other cloud technologies. [WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT]

Why Westworld's vision of the future needs more cloud

Do the writers of Westworld, HBO's hit sci-fi TV show, take into consideration all the changes that the world of technology is currently going through, for example, the cloud, industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), software-defined infrastructure, and data-centric security? Well, yes and no. Let’s discuss.

The top 10 hyperscale cloud posts of 2016

It's end of year list time. So let's check out what ten posts grabbed the most attention in year one of the Hyperscale Cloud blog. And let us know what you want to see in 2017!

The 12 days of hyperscale - a holiday cloud chorus

Check out our version of the 12 Days of Christmas as sung by the cheerful CEO of an enterprise whose CIO has enthusiastically adopted hyperscale cloud.

How to make Marvin the Paranoid Android happier with hyperscale

The great flaw of Marvin the Paranoid Android from The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy is that he was designed as a piece of hardware instead of as a platform.  If he had been networked and built with software-defined infrastructure - if he had access to hyperscale datacenters - he wouldn't have had to be so depressed. 

The 3 phases of Ericsson's unique journey to cloud computing

Why is Ericsson venturing into the cloud and datacenters? Ericsson has always been in the business of building the infrastructure to support the core competencies of their service provider customers. That path has naturally led to the cloud.

CIOs must lead digital transformation for their companies

No one doubts the benefits of digital transformation. Cloud giants have overwhelmingly proven that digital proficiency enables fast innovation, improved technology economics and increased competitiveness. The question is how do you transform a company with minimal risk to the existing business? How do you orchestrate your digital transformation to optimize employee, partner and customer value and extract maximum value from applications and data?

What is hyperscale and why is it so important to enterprises?

Hyperscale is a set of concepts and practices that have emerged among a set of players in terms of what is necessary to scale to hundreds of millions – maybe even billions – of users.

Is your datacenter a profit center?

Hyperscale allows you to transform your datacenter from a cost center to a profit center. The original data giants turned an outward focus on platforms and free services into an inward focus on datacenter efficiency, in comparison with most datacenters today, which might as well have hay on the floor and chickens running around, according to cloud pioneer Jason Hoffman.

When 1+1 used to be 3(G)

This year Ericsson is attending Amazon re:Invent for the first time. Before I share some of my reflections from the event, I would like to look back for a bit.

Don’t turn your back on legacy applications

In this post from ApceraChief Strategy Officer Mark Thiele talks about why you need a platform designed from the ground up to deploy, orchestrate and govern containers and legacy applications across on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments.

How datacenter efficiency drives digital transformation 

How can you use technology and infrastructure to make money? Cloud pioneer Jason Hoffman, currently Ericsson’s Head of Product Area, Cloud Infrastructure, talks about how data giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon are following the same path as car manufacturers in the early 20th century, moving from efficiency to customized services. 

Manage datacenters efficiently with Intel® Rack Scale Design

When you upgrade your datacenter, how much do you throw away? You shouldn't have to discard everything just to replace a single type of component. Intel® Rack Scale Design solves this problem by breaking components down into resource pools that can be replaced separately from each other.

The evolution of application design and architecture

Apcera’s next generation PaaS and Cloud Management platform for policy-driven workload lifecycle management addresses the needs of both developers and IT operators. In these videos, Josh Ellithorpe, Apcera’s lead developer, shares modern application design principles and discusses the properties of new developer platforms:

Hybrid cloud for enterprises - advantages and challenges

The array of cloud options for enterprises can be as intimidating as a hawker center in Singapore. Read about hybrid cloud challenges and opportunities and how a secure container management platform is maybe your best option to work across any combination of cloud platforms.

Using blockchain to manage automotive cybersecurity

Explore five ways that blockchain can help both smart car owners and manufacturers about five possible solutions - from forensic auditability and massive-scale integrity to real-time monitoring and complete attribution.

Traditional IT is at "end of life"

Cap Gemini Consulting recently collaborated with MIT to "find out what fast-moving digital innovations mean for large traditional companies." Their report on the different phases of maturity in digital transformation—"The Digital Advantage: How digital leaders outperform their peers in every industry"—found digital masters to be, on average, 26 percent more profitable and have 12 percent higher valuations than digital beginners.

Providing verifiable trust in IoT data for the industrial internet

How can we provide provide verifiable trust in IoT data for the industrial internet?   Read use cases on IoT and digital asset storage that illustrate the strengths of the new Ericsson Blockchain Data Integrity for the GE PREDIX platform

Why you need to think differently about security in a digital business

One of the hot topics at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Barcelona was security. Bodil Josefsson shares insights on how the six principles for trust and resilience need to fundamentally change in line with the explosion of digital business. Some areas to explore include PCS (people-centric security) and the rise of the DRO (Digital Risk Officer), as well as advanced persistent threats and security in the mobile workplace.

Moore’s law won't fix your cloud infrastructure problems

The classic datacenter model was based on Moore's law. But this only promotes the status quo, and there are three primary shortcomings to the model. Read what they are and why hyperscale provides the best way forward.

Why wouldn't you go with software-defined infrastructure?

In contrast with hardware-defined infrastructure, vPODs utilize software-defined infrastructure to create configurations from a central pool of hardware resources based on needs of a given workload at a given time. Learn the best way to configure and manage your vPODS.

Digital platforms, e-government and why you need frenemies

After two days at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Barcelona, Bodil Josefsson shares her insights into digital government, with a focus on Estonia, as well as the importance of ecoystems, platforms and the benefits of datacenter modernization.

Blockchain prevents data security nightmares

How can you trust the integrity of your critical data? From health data to driverless cars, a data security failure is catastrophic. Industrialized blockchain can help you achieve data integrity and ensure network security.

6 requirements for enterprise-grade container management

One of the fastest growing trends in IT is the adoption of Linux containers. Performant, scalable and highly portable, containers deliver unprecedented agility and allow IT organizations to embrace microservices architecture. While popular with developers in test environments, most enterprises haven’t yet placed containers into production—and for good reason.

Datacenter elasticity is like playing with flexible toy bricks

Software-defined infastructure can be like playing with Lego bricks. But what if the bricks could bend? What if your datacenter was more elastic?  Both are possible.

How CIOs can master the digital economy

Hyperscale cloud datacenters are specifically architected for agility, web scale, and technology economics. A new e-book - How to master the digital economy - examines how hyperscale can speed up your digital transformation journey.

Ensure data integrity with blockchain

How do we achieve a world of data integrity? It's not just about the accuracy of the data but about guaranteeing that the data has not been modified—whether by accident or deliberately. Blockchain technology enables this level of data integrity.

Haven't embraced NFV yet? It's time.

Telcos that haven't embraced NFV need to take advantage of its flexibility to use existing hardware in either a native or virtualized way.  Susan James, Head of Product Line, NFV Infrastructure, explains the opportunities and challenges around NFV and how the latest release of OPNFV shows that the process can be considered sanitized.

NFV and how it increases speed, agility and efficiency

Watch Susan James, Ericsson’s Head of Product Line, NFV Infrastructure, explain the benefits of NFV in a new video, including agreements earlier this year with Telstra and Swisscom.

Want to stay competitive? Embrace the industrial IoT

CIOs need to embrace the industrial Internet of Things. The most conservative transformation strategy possible - waiting it out - is not a viable option. Below, concrete examples of how IoT- and cloud-based businesses will blow away the competition.

How do you know if you need more datacenter resources?

When you're upgrading your datacenter, it's hard to know where to begin, or whether you even need to upgrade at all. Ericsson's Datacenter Automation Platform (DAP) will help you decide, and then help you justify the acquisitions with ongoing performance metrics.

Make sure your CIO has the right lights on


The second day at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo was intense. It started with breakfast in football-field sized tents, an impressive keynote session, a string of specific sessions and a two-hour booth frenzy. Here are my key takeaways. 

5 ways for CIOs to manage great uncertainty

From the floor of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Peter Linder examines five lessons from university that has helped prepare him to negotiate the uncertainty of digital transformation.

The technology challenges and opportunities confronting financial institutions

Banks and other financial institutions moving toward digital transformation are facing numerous challenges, and managing their bi-modal architectures is one of the most critical. Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 lets you set up both legacy and agile infrastructures within the same system, managed by the same platform.

The top CIO priority in digital transformation? Growth

In this first update from the floor of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Peter Linder examines how growth is far and way the top CIO priority over the next two years, far ahead of the second top issue, user experience.

7 perspectives that will surprise most CIOs at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

During your visit to Gartner’s ITxpo symposium, you will see an industry united in supporting your digital transformation needs. But we all bring different perspectives to the table. Digital transformation is not only a job to get done. It is a job that needs to be done in the best possible way. Here are seven perspectives to ensure you can return home with better ideas on how to get the job done.

Digital industrialization and hyperscale at Cloud Expo Asia

Our Geoff Hollingworth talked with John Bensalhia of Cloud Expo Asia earlier this month about cloud security, the lower TCO that comes with hyperscale and how if you're not planning for cloud, then CIO stands for "Career Is Over."

Containers and removing barriers to their adoption

Get an in-depth introduction into how the author was able to observe, debug, monitor, and perform kernel syscall traces for applications, all within a containerized, multi-tenant, runtime environment.

7 can't-miss thrills at Disney World and Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

Explore the top seven "thrills" you need to experience at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, from the digital factory and hyperscale infrastructure to whether CIOs have the most exciting jobs in the world.

Talking datacenter automation and the future of cloud with Jason Hoffman

In an episode of Conversations in the Cloud from Intel, Jason Hoffman, VP and Head of Product Area Cloud Infrastructure at Ericsson, talks about digital factories and why cloud is nowhere near done, as well as the launch Datacenter Automation Platform and how it gives you an unprecendented view of your datacenter.

Cloud models and the future of IT with Mark Thiele

In these short video clips, Mark Thiele, the Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, shares his insights on the state of IT and the industry evolution towards cloud computing.

How do you explain to your kids you get to go to Disney World alone?

You and many of your CIO peers are likely preparing for a difficult conversation with the kids right now—the one about why you get to go to Disney World in Orlando for the Gartner Symposium ITxpo while they get to stay in school.

Enabling new cloud applications and architectures

Apcera is a policy-driven, next-generation platform as a service (PaaS) and container management platform that allows IT teams to deploy, orchestrate, and govern containers as well as legacy and cloud-native workloads across any infrastructure ⎯ public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, or bare metal ⎯ with the highest levels of security and trust.

Cloud lock-in may not be what you think

In this post from ApceraChief Strategy Officer Mark Thiele talks about the changing nature of cloud lock in and how IT must be there to enable technology based solutions that create opportunity for the business, not individuals. 

Streaming analytics in a digitally industrialized world

Get an introduction to streaming analytics, which allows you real-time insight from captured events and big data. There are applications across industries, from finance to wine making, though there are two primary challenges to be addressed.

Disaggregation and the challenge of backwards compatibility

Explore how Intel® Rack Scale Design (RSD) facilitates hardware disaggregation and helps solve the challenge of backwards compatibility, as well as the two ways that Ericsson's deployment of the technology stand out - our optical backplane and management software.

Containers and the rise of Amazooglesoft

Imagine if all public clouds (and your private cloud) were accessible via the same open standard or API or customer portal.. lets call it "Amazooglesoft".

How blockchain can resist the quantum computing security threat

Quantum computing poses a threat to many elements of digital security. Is this the case for blockchain solutions such as Ericsson Data Centric Security? We look at the case.

How smart building technology is like software-defined infrastructure

Smart building technology will help enterprises to use their resources and data more efficiently. Fittingly, the same principles can be applied to Intel® Rack Scale Design in datacenters.  

How to build a hybrid cloud for Estonia's public sector

Ericsson was recently chosen to play a lead role in a public-private partnership project to build a hybrid cloud for Estonia’s public sector. Based on the full Ericsson cloud stack, the project will improve services ranging from tax reporting to online healthcare, all in a DevOps environment combining public and private infrastructure in a secure and trustworthy manner.

What happens when trust is lost?

In a new e-book on blockchain technology and integrity assurance, you can explore how the Internet of Things (IoT) needs trust to be successful, as well as case studies of how blockchain technology is being used today.

Imagine in the near future a healthcare provider with several million patients is hacked. In their database someone changes the blood type of a patient going into an operation, and they die. As well as the personal tragedy, this company has a huge problem on their hands – was it just one patient’s data that was changed? Were any other records tampered with? Can they trust their data?

The optical backplane: faster than a speeding electron

A look at the difference between the speed of light and the speed of electricity and how this has affected communications from telegraphs to the optical backplane in hyperscale datacenters.

“...how wonderful it was that these various signs should be made to cleave the air with such precision as to convey to the distance of three hundred leagues the ideas and wishes of a man sitting at a table at one end of the line to another man similarly placed at the opposite extremity...”

-- An optical telegraph, as described in The Count Of Monte Cristo (1844)

Pay attention to business user concerns about cloud

In a new report, Ericsson ConsumerLab interviewed 1,500 business users and 350 decision makers about the benefits and challenges of cloud transitions. And while the perceived benefits are closely aligned, decision makers should pay attention to how business users perceive the challenges.

Most discussions about the benefits of the cloud focus on the decision-maker's or IT leader’s perspective. But what about the business users, the people who actually use the cloud?

Assemble your datacenters like LEGO® bricks

At Intel® Developer Forum (IDF) 2016 in San Francisco, Ericsson demonstrated the world's first complete system based on Intel® Rack Scale Design. Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 is a platform for assembling compute, storage, and network resources into virtual datacenters (vPODs) to provision different types of workloads.

Use its software-defined infrastructure to assemble the components that best match the requirements of a particular workload. When you no longer need those resources, disassemble the vPODs and return to resources to the common pool. Just like Lego®, as Ericsson Research Engineer Mark Murphy explains in this video.

How cloud and networks achieve 99.999% availability in different ways

As we move from classic network-to-cloud-based technologies, some fundamental beliefs will be challenged. A network availability of 99.999 percent or "five 9s" has represented the desired DNA of a network. But with the introduction of cloud technologies, the way to reach those five 9s will be challenged.

Working in the cloud—overcoming barriers to CIO success

Ericsson ConsumerLab interviewed both IT decision-makers and business users about the benefits and challenges of working in the cloud, from security to training. From the business user point of view, it becomes clear that just deploying a new cloud solution is not enough.

What keeps CIOs up at night? Are they worrying about how they are going to acquire and implement the right technology in order to deal with the Internet of Things, 5G, and the smartphone data explosion? To a certain extent, they are, but technology challenges are actually not the biggest barrier to CIOs meeting their objectives.

You need to know more about your datacenter


The cost and operations of a datacenter are affected by many different factors which, until recently, did not impact business competitiveness significantly enough to matter. Hardware utilization, as long as it was twice as good as a few years ago, was acceptable. Software patching, as long as it didn't break anything, was acceptable. The cost of cooling, the cost of facilities, the efficiency of operations, as long as they were not too bad, as long as they let the business make a profit, were acceptable.

Creating the datacenter you need with software-defined infrastructure

"Software-defined infrastructure (SDI) implements hardware disaggregation with the nimbleness to adapt infrastructure resources to business needs in real time."  This comes from a post by Tomas Fredberg that explored how software-defined infrastructure will drive hyperscale and lower TCO.

Exploring IoT, 5G and cloud at IDF 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) 5G and, of course, cloud came together in an exciting way at the Intel Developer Forum 2016 this week.  We featured IoT solutions like smart parking, NB-IoT sensors, IoT-in-a-box and smart building applications.  In this video, Warren Chaisatien, Ericsson's Director of IoT Marketing, gives a short rundown of these top IoT showcases from the event.

The future of application development

By 2020, it is forecast that tens of billions of connected devices will be in use worldwide. The exponential growth in the number of networked devices requires more-capable and sophisticated software functionality that meets the demands of cross-industry consumer use cases. This goes beyond the vast number of devices. The capabilities expected by the increasing number of users will require further optimization as well as increases in raw processing power and the intelligence of the devices. The services provided by these devices will be organized and delivered at greater scale and efficiency.

Building “sh**ty robots” out of beer cans at IDF 2016

We talk a lot about the future here, and we do it with urgency – digital industrialization, hyperscale datacenters, trusted data and new application architectures. But the future needs to be fun too, and we proved it Monday with the help of the “Queen of Sh**ty Robots.”

Video: 5 reasons IT organizations should care about hyperscale

Speeding up the pace of innovation is only one of the reasons IT organizations should care about hyperscale. In this video, experts from Intel and Ericsson share their insights into the datacenter of the future, including how Ericsson's implementation of Intel® RackScale Design reduces total cost of ownership.

Blockchains for Integrity Assurance

The key to keeping data safe is to constantly verify its integrity. And that's properly done through hashtag cryptography and a private, scalable blockchain-based solution.

Comedian Bill Maher recently remarked: “Taking your work home with you used to mean that you were stealing office supplies.”

He was joking about the extent to which 21st century American office workers don’t take enough time for themselves. But he was also saying something profound about the relationship between business, physical space, security, and trust.

Networking: The Final Frontier For Software Defined Application Visibility

As applications and services move into virtualized environments, and network speeds leap from 10Gbps (yesterday) to 25/40Gbps (today) to 100Gbps in coming years, the legacy methods of monitoring application flows don’t scale. At the same time, with overlays and underlays and associated complexity, there is a bigger need to monitor every application and every application flow.

What cloud strategists can learn from the cargo industry

Editor's note:  Today we feature a post that originally appeared on Ericsson's Networked Society blog:

The cargo industry started with a broad variety of customized packaging and transport systems. This generated a set of diverse systems with low transport and packaging commonalities between industries. In a similar way, hardware and software has been optimized together for different compute, storage and networking applications.

The difference between hyperscale and hyper-converged

A 1:16 video summarizing the difference between hyperscale and hyper-converged.

Secure IoT communication

The Internet of Things (IoT) is key to digital transformation. The reality is that implementing granular real-time instrumentation enables process and situational intelligence to be exchanged for timely, informed, distributed decision making, which provides broad enterprise and consumer value.

The defining characteristic of IoT is the convergence of IT, operational technology (OT), and telecommunication systems, and the integration of diverse industries. In effect, IoT represents a digital deployment model that spans physical infrastructure, software, applications, productivity tools, people, processes, and intelligent workflows with relevant data being the currency that drives monetization.

What does IoT integrity assurance look like in the real world?

The Internet of Things (IoT) will involve the collection of a lot of data, bringing both opportunities and pitfalls to every industry. Detecting invalid data input, whether due to bad actors or mere mistakes will be a requirement. Blockchain-based data integrity solution provide an answer for this today.

In 2001, a pharmacist in my hometown of Kansas City was found to be skimping on his patients’ cancer medications for his own profit. He would simply give each patient less medicine than they had been prescribed, but would charge the full price. The medicine was dispensed in capsules, so the patients didn’t know the difference. Before he was found out, several patients died.

Why Bruce is right — and what industrialized blockchains can solve!

This is the first post in a series around Data Centric Security and how Keyless Signature Infrastructure, an industrial blockchain technology, can be used to address modern data security issues.

Bruce Schneier is a renowned expert on all things to do with digital security. His recent post about the growing problems in the Internet of Things explains everything that is both true and frightening about the future. It can be summed up with his line: "On the Internet of Things, integrity and availability threats are much worse than confidentiality threats."

How data storage stores: behind the magician's curtain

Let's explore the different ways applications store data permanently on disk. The different methods are in some sense merely conveniences for the programmer writing an application.

At its heart, all data storage consists of a stream of zeros and ones on some medium. Paper and magnetic tape have given way to disk, but the principles remain the same. When we talk about storage methods, we mean the structure imposed on these zeros and ones to provide the semantics necessary for storing them—that is, the ability to express ideas such as data ownership, security, access method, and even clues as to what type of data it is that we are storing.

I will begin the discussion with the most familiar method (file storage) and then discuss block storage (the way databases store data for us), and finally I will briefly discuss object-based storage, which is a method modern applications use to move data structures from working memory to disk.

Rather cheeky of you to build a private cloud, isn't it?

Building your own private cloud to complement your public cloud services gives you more options for business agility, letting you choose the most suitable resource for your services. Here are five infrastructure capabilities that will deliver on the promise of private cloud.

What is Intel® Rack Scale Design and why did Intel open-source it?

Intel is open-sourcing the code that enables resource pooling in infrastructure systems such as Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000, the first commercial implementation of Intel Rack Scale Design. Intel® Rack Scale Design, formerly known as Intel Rack Scale Architecture, will be available on July 28, 2016.

Try to imagine a new industrial revolution without cloud

In 1947, the British government made an important move to aid Germany in rebuilding its industry. The Brits hosted an “industrial fair” (tech conference) in one of the only unbombed factories in Hanover, of Germany’s Lower Saxony. The fair was a huge international success, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in export contracts for Germany, and it has been repeated every year since. Business and tech leaders flock there to stay ahead of what’s happening in industry.

In 2011, a group of business, political, and science leaders at the Hanover Fair announced that the world was on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution.

Why you can't ignore dynamic cloud security

Suppose you’re throwing a party at your office (to celebrate your success with deploying cloud security at your organization). Word has gotten out… a bit more than you expected. Too many people are coming, and many of them aren't even employees or clients. Things could easily get out of hand. But you can’t cancel the party, or it will look like your company is having trouble. You start thinking about, well… security.

Cloud scalability combined with speed - inside GE's cloud transformation

“Cloud is the future of IT”—Shane Stakem, IT Leader, IaaS Platforms, GE

Dealing with unpredictable workloads is an inescapable part of the IT professional's working life. What happens when you add to that a requirement for massive scalability?

Will cloud make CIOs an endangered species?

Not long ago, sometime between the widespread deployment of office computers and the proliferation of cloud computing, there was a period that was difficult for many businesses. They were at the mercy of the ebb and flow of technical ideas and trends.

Get the most out of your legacy infrastructure

Hyperscale is commonly described as the ability to scale efficiently and, with minimal effort, provision and add compute, memory, networking, and storage resources to a given node or set of nodes that make up a larger computing environment.

In the new white paper Hyperscale cloud—reimagining data centers from hardware to applications, we describe the work that is being undertaken to realize hyperscale through new datacenter architectures, and the impact on the infrastructure, the composition and resource orchestration layer, and workload execution as well as on data and applications. These new architectures typically rely on the principles of hardware disaggregation and programmable infrastructure, making the distinction between today’s infrastructure, referred to as “hardware-defined infrastructure,” and the future software-defined infrastructure (SDI).

Do you have the willpower for cloud transformation?

It's time to face up to some truths about cloud from an organizational perspective. Today, many businesses – both vendors and enterprises – are attempting cloud for the second or third time (in some cases, it’s even more). And there’s a growing realization that cloud is much more than a technology or architecture question – it comes down to organization and often just plain old willpower.

Four strategic steps to cloud success

In a recent article in Ericsson Business Review, Mariette Lehto lays out the four essential phases that a cloud strategy should cover. In my last post, I highlighted what Lehto had to say about what your organization needs to do to win the cloud game. Now let's look at her strategy:

Six steps to win with cloud strategy

"Cloud isn’t only what you do—it’s also how you do it," writes Mariette Lehto in a new article in Ericsson Business Review on cloud strategy. She notes that in 2015, the size of the cloud market was estimated at USD 125 billion and is expected to reach USD 230 billion by 2020.

With this growth, how can you effectively tap into the cloud game and develop a cloud implementation strategy? Let's look at the recommendations from Lehto, a Customer Unit Principal working with Strategy and Business Excellence in Region Northern Europe & Central Asia at Ericsson.

Software-defined storage - get past risk and complexity

In the beginning (prior to about 2010), teams of highly paid system administrators spent their days (for interrupted service) and nights (for uninterrupted service) reconfiguring the storage subsystems of the computers in their datacenters, adding or removing disks as storage needs changed and their hardware assets needed to be rebalanced.

Why security issues will not kill the IoT

One day in 1982, a computer science student at Carnegie Mellon got tired of trudging downstairs to find out if the department’s subsidized Coke machine was empty. He hooked the machine to the local network so that anyone who knew how could check its status whenever they pleased.

Among geeks, that machine became a touchstone for conversations about what a future world of networked modules might be like. As that future has come more into focus, it has become known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

Best of both worlds - combining packet and optical switching

The explosion in data is making optical networks not only feasible for datacenters, but a necessity.  And the development of a photonic system on a chip makes optical networks for datacenters economically feasible. 

Why we need security between the clouds

The Internet of Things (IoT) and the pervasiveness of cloud-based applications and services further reinforce the need to have security embedded at the heart of IoT, cloud and between clouds.

How will you thrive with a modern IT infrastructure?

What is unique about companies like Uber, Airbnb, Ebay, Google or Facebook? These are modern enterprises that are in the business of utilizing data and leveraging the capabilities of a modern IT infrastructure.

Some common features of these kinds of companies include:

  • their ability to bring products/services to the market very fast (low time-to-market)
  • their cost economics, which include high cost efficiency and an ability to link IT costs to revenue
  • their ability to hyperscale

All business is the cloud

Even if you are not a technology company, you are still in the business of technology. What do a manufacturing company, a bank, and a fitness chain all have in common? The cloud. Even if you are a tech company, you may be shedding your internal IT capabilities, choosing outside providers to fulfill development or other needs. In other words, if you’re not developing the cloud yourself, you are outsourcing it.

Why platforms are the future of cloud computing

How do you spot a platform? It's easy - it’s when you give away one thing while getting paid (and making sure others get paid) for a second thing. Facebook is a platform, since it offers free social media, gets paid for ads, and makes sure other people get paid through ads.

And in the cloud industry, we have a lot to learn from them.

Reducing capex with hyperscale datacenters

If you’re running datacenters today, you’re facing exponentially rising data traffic and demands for new cloud computing capabilities. But it’s not enough to just play catch up and meet current demand; you’ve also got to seize fast-emerging digital business opportunities or you’re doomed to fall permanently behind.

Reducing capex is a key part of meeting the changing workloads of a modern digital enterprise, and hyperscale cloud solutions can help you significantly reduce or avoid your datacenter capital expenditures – by making each component of the datacenter more efficient and easily scalable.

How hyperscale benefits composition and resource orchestration in datacenters

Don't underestimate the full stack impact of hyperscale.

Today’s cloud data is tomorrow's risk management

If you want to succeed in business today, you must be prepared to make decisions based on real- time data, rather than historical or static models. We know that those who better predict the future will make better investment decisions today. Are you ready to keep up?

Planet as a Service: tell your children you did something worth doing

Ericsson is on a journey—one that started 140 years ago. It never had a name but maybe now it can, courtesy of the new-age nomenclature created by the cloud.

Some people build IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) or PaaS (Platform as a Service) or SaaS (Software as a Service). We also do all of these things. While all are fantastic in their own right, they are missing what is truly transformational. Ericsson has spent 140 years building “Planet as a Service,” enabling people worldwide to collaborate on a scale never seen before and building platforms that are trusted in 180+ countries and that all work seamlessly with one another.

5 ways that hyperscale datacenters reduce opex

In my last two posts, I’ve examined how hyperscale cloud solutions enable quantum leaps in efficiency, infrastructure elasticity, and economics, particularly through increased agility and server utilization.

In original research conducted with Mainstay, we found that companies that go hyperscale can capture opex savings of up to 75 percent and capex savings of 59 percent, with return on investment of up to 149 percent for large enterprise datacenter operators over a five-year period.

STILL… the day before the iPhone

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post and titled it “The day before the iPhone." I was making the point that transformational change, rather than iterative change, comes by looking through a different lens.

Create (and terminate) bare-metal cloud services with ease

Service providers who offer bare metal as a service to their enterprise customers should consider incorporating new open standard datacenter technologies such as Intel® Rack Scale Architecture to gain better efficiencies – from resource discovery, pooling and disassembling of the cloud resources. This will help them take another step closer to realizing the benefits of software-defined infrastructure.  

5 ways to embrace cloud and the paradigm shift in IT

Are you ready for business at the speed of ideas? Do you have answers to questions such as how to connect the next billion devices? Cloud adoption means a profound paradigm shift within IT, bringing you the possibility to transform your business at a pace that cannot be matched with traditional infrastructure alternatives.

The natural evolution of the cloud business model

The cloud business model is evolving, with less focus on existing enterprises moving their business to the cloud and more focus on movement among cloud vendors. It's important not to miss this trend as people continue to debate public, private, and hybrid clouds.

Why you need to rethink the datacenter with hyperscale

In today's business climate, the need for new IT infrastructure is relentless, as is the pressure on enterprises to reduce TCO and improve efficiency. Even increased datacenter spending will not deliver the capacity you need with the current ratio between capacity and cost.

At the same time, we have to embrace the vast opportunity of a hyperscale future, one that goes beyond the limitations of today's architecture—making it smarter and more modular and flexible. This calls for nothing less than a fundamental rethinking of the very nature of the datacenter.

A lot happens in an internet minute: Are you ready?

A wise man once said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ferris was speaking metaphorically, but now his words are literally true. His sister got a car, but he got a computer. Already, these are no longer mutually exclusive options. Many of us are already driving “connected cars,” using the cloud to offload and streamline services providing information, navigation, and in some cases (for example, with Tesla), downloadable automotive operating system upgrades, complete with release notes.

So, things are moving fast. For example, in one minute, almost 70,000 hours of entertainment is viewed on Netflix. Time travel! How will your company keep up with (and become part of) this magical compounding of time? First, get on board with virtualization, that is, the magical transformation of space.

Hyperscale is more than hype – a look at the next generation datacenter

As part of the management team for your company, tracking trends and fads of new technology can seem like a full-time job these days.  Exciting technologies are rapidly turning into products, or at least pseudo-products, at an accelerated pace - the list is long; Containers, CEPH, Hadoop, SDI/SDN, NVMe and new optical fabrics as just a few examples.  

Optical switching moves a lot of data, but ...

Optical transmission was first used in communications networks because optical fiber was able to carry far larger quantities of data across much longer distances with much lower power consumption than copper wire systems.

Protecting personal data through agile big data management

How can data analytics managers learn from the history of environmental management? In two previous posts, I’ve explored how big data is like the new oil in more ways than one and how forward-thinking industrial management practices can benefit big data projects and technologies. Now let’s look at what a big data management system approach would look like in reality.

The difference between big and hyperscale datacenters

The world is changing faster than ever before. The combined forces of devices, computing, dematerialization, big data, and network will change the landscape of next generation competitiveness. We already see companies that are failing to change alongside companies that are re-inventing their businesses.

Changing the game before the game changes you
Ericsson Discussion Paper

Three essentials to consider for your cloud migration

Yes, there are likely more than just three things to think about as you move to public and hybrid cloud configurations. But these three topics cover a lot around cloud-prep and migration territory and are among the most important:

  1. Orchestration
  2. Policy and Enforcement
  3. Governance

Packet switching is fast

Packet switching is the process of transporting packaged data from one location on the network to another via routers and network switches.

Do you trust big data security in medicine?

Would you trust your medical data to the cloud? Does your doctor or hospital?

In December 2015 and January 2016, we asked more than 600 CIOs, CTOs, CMOs, heads of IT Infrastructure, and other executives a question about how they felt about security and real-time big data challenges in 5G networks.

The path to next-gen hyperscale datacenters

In their efforts to adapt to the demands of the digital economy, the Internet of Things, and other disruptive changes, datacenters are facing big technical challenges in terms of flexibility and scale. This is all because of traditional rigid architectures.

Better cloud computing with containers

Containers, also known as software containers, are an operating-system-level virtualization technology through which multiple isolated user-space instances share the same kernel of an operating system. While the popularity of containers is rather new, the concept can be traced back to as early as the 1980s. Docker brought containers into mainstream, which has led people to believe that Docker is the same thing as a container. But Docker is actually only one possible container implementation.

OpenStack: a de facto open source cloud platform

During the past decade, open source development has become more and more relevant – regardless of which part of the high-tech industry is scrutinized – and that has resulted in more open source components being added to both enterprise IT and telecom products, including the development of open source cloud platforms.

How to survive and thrive in OpenStack

OpenStack is a rapidly growing ecosystem that produces a new release of a complex software package every half year. This is the outcome of a fruitful cooperation of individuals from all over the world, working for large companies and small startups or just doing this as a hobby.

It is a very interesting journey. One the one hand, more hands are always needed on the keyboard, but on the other hand, it’s a challenge to become an influential part of this community. And while community engagement might sound easy, when you start doing it, you realize that it’s time consuming and requires focus and dedication.

Who are enterprise developers?

A new class of developer is emerging—the enterprise developer. These are developers who have the new skills that are needed to take their enterprise into the post-digital industrialization age. They program core business applications onto a new class of cloud and network infrastructure—digital factories, if you like—to enable a re-imagining of their business offerings and the unlocking of new customer value.

Big data and the evolution of environmental management

Environmental management has climbed a steep learning curve, with smokestack industries benefiting from new environmentally conscious strategies. I argued in my last post that the same goes for big data. Let’s examine how forward-thinking industrial management practices can benefit big data projects and technologies.

The seven stages of digital transformation

In ancient Rome, the Empire asked its bridge builders to stand under the bridges they built as the First Legion of the Roman Army marched overhead. Bridges were too critical to fail—essential public utilities built by valued craftsmen. To ensure accountability, and to demonstrate confidence and skill, bridge builders did not just stand by their work; they stood under it.

Fear of flying: three top cloud concerns

Public and multi-cloud configurations imply various types of risk: financial risk, privacy risk, and regulatory risk.

Why you need to accelerate your software-defined infrastructure

USB ports consume power – not a great amount of power until you consider the cost of powering 70,000 servers, each with the USB port active.

Combined with an active PCIE and SAS Storage controller, the power bill for those 70,000 servers over three years is USD 2.2 million (assuming $.012 per kW hour). This is the kind of insight you get when managing hyperscale datacenters operations – the smallest settings become significant over such a large footprint. .

Disaggregation means never having to say you're sorry

So does software defined infrastructure.  Disaggregation and software defined infrastructures are both critical to the operations of a hyperscale datacenter in the era of digital industrialization.

Accelerating digital industrialization in the post-PC era

The PC era ran for over 25 years from 1985 through 2010. In that time the vision of “a computer on every desk and in every home” came to pass. There is some debate about exactly how to define the post-PC era. Is it primarily mobile or cloud?

How software-defined infrastructure will drive hyperscale and lower TCO

IT cloud infrastructure, specifically the datacenter, has become the modern factory. And the foundation of that factory should be a disaggregated hardware architecture that provides the hyperscale capabilities to support right sized infrastructure also capable to handle the enormous compute, storage, and networking demands of our modern large scale datacenters. Software-defined infrastructure (SDI) implements hardware disaggregation with the nimbleness to adapt infrastructure resources to business needs in real time.

Here’s why big data will not destroy privacy

Critics and skeptics argue that privacy will have no place in our inevitable big data future. I disagree.

Old forms of privacy might seem quaint today. But this is precisely because privacy is the result of our human values filtered through a social conversation about how those values should apply to our society at a particular social and technological moment.

Big data sustainability with an environmental management strategy

Have you heard the phrase “big data is the new oil”? It’s true in the sense that data, like oil, is a critical resource on which society depends. But it’s also true in the sense that big data, like big oil, can generate major, if unintended, negative impacts. While big oil produces oil spills, smog, and climate change, big data can lead to data spills, privacy violations, identity pollution, and harmful discrimination.

Three ways to boost datacenter utilization

Do you know the server CPU utilization rates for traditional enterprise datacenters? For non-virtualized servers, it’s about 6 to 15 percent. Virtualized servers can increase that average to around 30 percent, but that’s still far below industry best-in-class rates for datacenter utilization.

3 reasons to embrace a multi-cloud strategy

Why would you need more than a single private or public cloud?

It’s clearly a popular choice. In January 2015, a survey by Right Scale showed that hybrid cloud (or multi-cloud) was the preferred deployment strategy—with 82 percent of enterprises implementing hybrid (multi-cloud) configurations, up from 74 percent in 2014. And we’ve seen nothing in the past year to make us think anything has changed.

Telecom tools are best for hyperscale applications

The arrival of cloud—as the final convergence of network, compute, and data—is a landmark event in the history of ICT. That’s a given. But major questions around its operational and automation domains—and particularly around its governance domains—means that cloud is far from a done deal. And anybody who says otherwise is, quite frankly, fooling themselves.

Driving datacenter innovation through the Open Compute Project

At Ericsson we want to drive innovation and openness in the datacenter infrastructure industry, and we believe this is one of the keys to accelerate digital industrialization for 5G and the IoT. With this in mind, we have joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) as a Platinum member.

Are you neglecting your enterprise developers?

This week, the Application Developers Alliance released its first in a series of monthly research products. “Investment in Enterprise Developers is the Best Risk Management System,” surveying more than 100 enterprise developers to learn who they are, the support they receive from their employers, and the impact of that support on their organizations.

Learn why telecom is embracing open hardware designs

The telecom community is suddenly embracing open hardware designs, specifically those developed in the Open Data Center Committee (ODCC) and the Open Compute Project (OCP). The natural reaction is why and why now? Let’s take a look at some answers.

The 8 pitfalls to avoid in your cloud transformation

Cloud transformation is not a matter of “if”; it is a matter of “how soon” and “how much.” It is true that the broader the scope of the transformation, the greater the benefits—but it is also true that the broader the scope, the bigger the corresponding risks. Here are the eight most crucial issues to bear in mind and, more importantly, how to avoid them.

Guidance on your IT transformation – don’t get this one wrong

At Mobile World Congress 2016 we debated and explored IT transformation at our inaugural CIO roundtable featuring Intel and Gartner. If you are tasked with creating and executing your company’s IT strategic transformation plan you should keep reading. If you are tasked with creating and executing your company’s IT strategic transformation plan, then you are responsible for the most important plan in your company today, one that will define whether your company is a future leader, a future follower or future footnote.

Do you know the secret to data security in cloud?

If you heard many of my conversations with people in ICT about cloud, you might find it hard to believe that we are, in fact, only at the very beginning of the cloud age, with all the uncertainties, complications, and opportunities that would entail.

How to increase your agility while reducing datacenter costs

I was talking with a CIO the other day about datacenter operations, and he was lamenting the state of his budget. “I used to have to do more with less,” he said, “but now I have to do everything with nothing.” The fact is, do more with less—or, if you’re lucky, do more with the same—is a harsh reality for many CIOs. This is especially true in the age of fast-emerging digital business opportunities that require agile deployments of compute, storage, and networking resources, all at lower TCO.

Why you will need software-defined storage for hyperscale

Are you building a public- or even an enterprise-scale private cloud? The key to your success will be low TCO, even at very high scale. And if you want low TCO, you need to forget about traditional storage solutions. They have a big environmental footprint; they require too many administrative staff, and they leave you with little ability to adapt rapidly to changing business conditions.

Discover the secret history of data and digital industrialization

Five years ago, I got stuck at a bar, deep in conversation with a new friend. We didn’t use words such as digital industrialization or hyperscale back then but that night, Jason Hoffman and I talked for hours about how the world was changing, how it was not changing, and how we needed to embrace the fantastic. We talked about how the paths of the connectivity cables today mirror the deployment patterns of traditional global trade routes. Think about that—your data travels the same roads and shipping lanes as silk or spices or ice did in the 1600s.

The journey to 5G is built on open architecture

The rise of the digital services economy demands a new generation of datacenter infrastructure, one that is software-defined and provides datacenter-wide resource pooling for efficiency. This next-generation architecture must be ready for the data rates of 5G networks and an ever-larger flood of bits and bytes from billions of connected devices and the Internet of Things.

OPNFV: the key to successful NFV transformation

Mobile traffic is experiencing phenomenal growth with the rapid adoption of smartphones, tablets, and Internet of Things–type devices across the globe and is expected to grow 45 percent annually through 2021. To handle this growth efficiently, networks need to be transformed in the way that they are built and operated.

The ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group (ISG) has created an architectural framework to evolve networks to bring automation, flexibility, agility, and operational simplicity to infrastructure and network services by using virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN), and cloud technologies with commercial off-the-shelf hardware and by fostering open ecosystems around NFV concepts.

Why cloud and analytics are essential to the success of 5G and IoT

We live in a world where the combination of Moore’s Law and Metcalfe’s Law heralds a data revolution. The billions of smartphone and broadband users today already generate massive quantities of data. And cheap sensors in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and new 5G networks optimized for machine-to-machine (M2M) mean that this first wave of users will soon be joined by tens of billions of machines.

The Open Compute Project and the secret to cloud industrialization

This is the reality of global cloud industrialization: we need to emphasize scale and collaboration in order to accelerate the usage of software-defined infrastructure.

Why AWS and Ericsson will revolutionize cloud services

There is a fantastic opportunity right now to bring a new wave of applications and data – such as the IoT and big data analytics – onto the cloud. But achieving this calls for a combination of cloud services and their speed and economies-of-scale, and the local market presence and trusted infrastructure of service providers such as telecom operators.

The essential guide to service providers’ cloud transformation

This is the time of the year when the ICT and telecom world comes together in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. As I reflect on the participant mix, it is evident that the future business models of different types of service providers are converging.

Making hyperscale solutions available for comms service providers

The need for the scalability and efficiency of cloud computing has never been greater in the comms service provider space. Increasing demand for connectivity, real-time data, network efficiency and on-demand service delivery is driving new requirements for cloud infrastructure. 

10x savings

Jason Hoffman is the Head of Product Area Cloud Systems at Ericsson. He explains in this video why the cloud as we have it today is complex and hard to manage.

Get ready for governance as code

You can’t escape the fact that we are truly entering into an age of a programmable and data-driven world. The journey to meld silicon capability into new materials and then connect all the things to the internet is accelerating; it’s affecting data centers, our homes, our cars, our watches, our clothes, our cities.

The Networked Society value

“Everything that will benefit from being connected will be connected”, that is the core of Ericsson’s Networked Society vision, and it is as simple as that. By 2020, we envisage a hyper-connected world of 50 billion connected devices that will transform peoples’ lives and industries.

IDF 2015: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)—a telco cloud execution environment demo

In a recent interview recorded at Intel Developers Forum 2015, Redefining Computers for the Future – Intel® Chip Chat, Geoff Hollingworth, Head of Product Marketing for the Cloud at Ericsson, elaborated on the new strategy of Telco in the Ericsson Cloud:

The importance of trust in the Networked Society

The dream of Ericsson’s founder was to allow every person to communicate.  Ericsson continues to pursue that dream by enabling everything that can communicate to communicate.

What kind of cloud computing will enterprises need in 2016? Part 3

Enterprise Transformation 2016

According to a Forrester study quoted by Lavastorm Analytics and published in December 2014, enterprises must make a shift to a philosophy and culture “that closes the gap between what customers want and what the company can deliver.” They were referring to a process of transformation from IT (Information Technology) into BT (Business Technology).

IDF 2015: Intel and the telco strategy in Ericsson Hyperscale Cloud

Intel® Chip Chat is a recurring podcast series of informal, one-on-one interviews with some of the brightest minds in the industry. Allyson Klein, from Intel, has hosted this podcast series since 2007. In the podcast recorded at Intel Developers Forum 2015, Redefining Computers for the Future – Intel® Chip Chat: Network Insights episode 27, Allyson interviewed Geoff Hollingworth, Head of Product Marketing for the Cloud at Ericsson.

Monetizing enterprise cloud services-cloud brokerage

In a previous blog focused on the topic of enterprise cloud adoption we touched on Cloud Service Brokerage (CSB). I promised to return briefly to the topic of CSB monetization. The term CSB can refer to both the activity of brokering cloud services, or to the software application (or suite of applications) used to manage that activity.

Can the Networked Society and IoT make better wine?

Among the many business decisions they make, vintners decide when to harvest their grapes based on the humidity and temperature of the air, the humidity and temperature of the soil, and solar intensity. This data also helps them select the optimal time and location for fertilization, irrigation, and use of pesticides.  These are tried and true methods that have worked for generations of vintners. Can the technologies being developed for the Internet of Things (IOT), cloud, and carriers improve a winery’s traditional harvesting methods?

Cloud as we’d like it to be, part 2: cloud services brokerage

In a previous post we introduced the topic of cloud-as-it-is versus cloud as-we’d like-it-to-be. In this blog we look at how the cloud services broker (CSB) business model is gaining momentum as one way to turn the cloud into as-we’d-like-it-to-be. CSB is a term used for the activity of brokerage and also for the software that supports that brokerage activity. What’s it all about?

Cloud is dead, long live the cloud!

Global businesses want to move their applications and workloads to cloud primarily for two reasons: 1) Time-To-Market (TTM) and 2) to realize the cost economics offered by cloud computing. Most of the adopters of cloud today are small and medium businesses, while large business houses are lagging behind in cloud adoption. However, 74% of large industries have not adopted cloud or modernized their infrastructure.

What kind of cloud will enterprises need in 2016? Part 2

Enterprise 2016

Most clouds today tend to be defined by the engineering features and business models of their providers, not the needs of their enterprise customers.

Ericsson Cloud, however, is focused on the needs of the enterprise customer.

Cloud as it is versus cloud as we’d like It to be

It is hard to believe that there was time when “the cloud” didn’t exist. Then, maybe 50 years ago, a lot of cloud-like things started to happen, such as remote computing, networked computing, resource sharing, virtual networks, and then, eventually, the Internet. But it still wasn’t the cloud. Large-scale virtualization of computing and increasingly powerful ways of managing and sharing that computing power resulted in the term “the cloud.”

What kind of cloud will enterprises need in 2016?

Continuous change is something that every business has to deal with today, yet the IT capacity required to meet that change is consistently underestimated. Soon businesses will need 10x more capacity, but they won’t be given 10x budgets to cope. Enterprises are challenged to respond faster while containing costs to remain competitive. One way to meet this challenge is through a different way of looking at the data center and the cloud.

Re-inventing the cloud in the enterprise: how do we achieve a silver lining?

Why should enterprises move data and applications into the cloud? The discussion on enterprise cloud strategy is still to this day focused on cost-reduction, primarily featuring economies achieved in infrastructure, platform and even applications. Certainly no one is going to argue that this is all worth thinking about; every business needs to be aware of cost reduction opportunities.

Massive amounts of data!

At the recent Intel Developer Forum event in San Francisco there was a demo of 360° panoramic imaging. Using a special camera mount with six GoPros, video is stitched together with software from Kolor (on Intel hardware of course) which can then be watched with a special viewer or using a VR headset. The camera rig was interesting, as each one of the 4K Ultra HD cameras produces 1GB of data per minute!

The impact of hyperscale on datacenter economics

Datacenter economics.

They’re different, now.

To understand how, let’s examine a modern “factory” for a car manufacturer such as Ford. It consists of not only the machines, people, and robots in the assembly line, but parts suppliers, a transportation network, inventory, logistics, communications, and a great many other components.

Ericsson disrupts at IDF with a hyperscale cloud strategy

We’re here.  What we’re doing is clear.  We’re going to win.

Can a 139-year old company be a disruptive startup?  Watch us, says Jason Hoffman, Head of Cloud Technology within Business Unit Cloud & IP at Ericsson, as he discusses the partnership between Intel and Ericsson at the Intel Developer Forum held in San Francisco in August of 2015.  Video is 2:25 in length.

Infrastructure as a Service: a solution to strategy tensions

The Networked Society is being realized, one just needs to look around to see how connectivity is revolutionizing our lives. The cost of not being part of the Networked Society transformation is significant for businesses which want to stay competitive.

Sport sensors stop subjective statistics

At the Intel Developers Forum this week, a BMX rider demonstrated new sensor technology on stage. Many sports are today dependent on subjective judgments rather than objective measures. This can change soon be history as the sensor technology get endorsed and approved.

An industrial model for hybrid cloud

I have an app. It needs hosting on an infrastructure. I need to be able to deploy ten updates to the app each day. I need to be able to scale it up, out and in. I need it to have the best economics possible (both opex and capex). I need it to comply with my IT policies for protecting data. I don’t want to have to buy or build anything new. I want to leverage existing processes. And I want to be able to change my mind and do it a different way tomorrow.

Ericsson Cloud Storage, part 2: extracting the value

So, what is Storage? In computer engineering, we take this word for granted. In Big Data, storage means an object store. But we continue to call it “storage” as most people are familiar with the word. In this blog, let’s have a look at the engineering rationale and the human experience related to the word “storage”.

The open container project

It’s incredible that we can order just about anything online, from anywhere in the world, and it gets delivered to our door in a matter of hours/days. There are two important aspects to the postal/courier industry that make this work: packaging (where does the item need to go) and logistics (how does the item get to where it needs to go).

A modern cloud platform

It’s time to start thinking differently about cloud. Watch this brief screencast to learn what a modern cloud platform looks like – and how operators and enterprises can get started today:

Ericsson cloud storage

This is the first of two blogs about Ericsson Cloud Storage written for a large audience. The result is a collective effort in the Accessibility team from Cloud Product Team: Hans Haenlein, Johan Carlsson and myself. We started by asking what is Big Data? This is one of those terms we believe we know, but we need to look closely to really understand.

AT&T and Ericsson presenting SDN-based L3VPN solution for telco NFV needs

Telco NFV is not about virtualizing the different telecom applications and simply deploying them on a couple of servers in any Data Center. There are many aspects to consider and an important key success factor for Telco NFV is to seamlessly provide connectivity between the telecom operator’s IP/MPLS network and their Cloud environment.

MWC 2015: Jason Hoffman comparing error-free, five nine and web scale cloud reliability

At Mobile World Congress in March, RCR Wireless News sat down with Jason Hoffman, Head of Product Area Ericsson Cloud Systems, Business Unit Cloud & IP, for some Q&A on the Ericsson cloud.

MWC 2015: hyperscale cloud platforms go mainstream

At Mobile World Congress in March, RCR Wireless News sat down with Jason Hoffman for some Q&A on the Ericsson cloud.

Why is complexity necessary?

In my last column on complexity, I quoted from a “standard paper” in the realm of complexity to argue that complexity is a necessary to provide adaptability to uncertainty. The quote is nice, of course, but an argument from authority is rarely as strong as making the case directly. So how can we make the connection between complexity and uncertainty in a more concrete way?

De-materialization of the de-Materializer

The number one priority question all businesses need to ask is: “What does de-materialization mean to my industry and my business?”
“What are the threats and what are the opportunities?” De-materialization is the process of separating physical delivery from core value, and transforming core value into digital re-creation.

More than hybrid cloud

The sheer scale of Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona is staggering. Over the space of a week, I had the opportunity to meet with global CIO’s, CMO’s CTO’s and product execs to discuss the business drivers behind hybrid cloud, and in particular how operators are in a prime position to leverage the industrialization of cloud to solve a fundamental challenge facing enterprise: speed without risk.

Data integrity in the cloud

So how exactly does the term, “security-breach” sound? Frightening, right? Security threats have continue to evolve, and stopping them is a never-ending arms race, in which any breach in security can lead to serious consequences. Here at Ericsson, security analysts and experts are working on a threat-focused security program.

What Is value; how it is created, delivered and captured in cloud?

Cloud, SDN, and NFV are coalescing into a set of technical paradigms looking to alter the foundations of the existing telecommunications networks. There are a multitude of Forums and Standards bodies attempting to bring directional guidance and clarification to the varying technical approaches. To help Service Providers make the relevant technical choices as they embark on this network transformation journey.

Ericsson’s cloud & IP vision

In this interview with Light Reading at Mobile World Congress 2015, Ericsson’s Head of Business Unit Cloud and IP, Anders Lindblad, talks about the company’s latest data center technology advances and discusses the future of cloud architectures, telecom data center strategies, the future of IP, a new vision for executing workloads and more.

Jason Hoffman interviewed at the Ericsson Business Innovation Forum 2014

At Ericsson’s Business Innovation Forum this year, Jason Hoffman, Head of Product Area Ericsson Cloud Systems, Business Unit Cloud & IP, was interviewed by RCR Wireless News:

The (cloud) game of networked technologies has changed

Back in September, we shared on Ericsson’s Networked Society blog a think-piece written by Geoff Hollingworth and Jason Hoffman. Now that we’re launching Ericsson’s new cloud blog, it’s appropriate to share this paper again because it sets the stage for much that will come after. Enjoy—and we look forward to sharing more of the story with you as it unfolds!