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.

In this Distributed Cloud Infrastructure, computing, storage and net­working resources are used where and when they are needed. There are several types of physical sites playing different roles, ranging from larger datacenters (national and regional datacenters) where the focus is on compute and storage, to medium-sized sites (central office, local switching centers) where wide-area networking plays a greater role, to smaller sites (hub and antenna sites) which are optimized from an access networking perspective.



Different site types have different requirements on the hardware profiles, depending on the surrounding factors, such as power, cooling, physical dimensioning, and facilities. Imagine sites with limited cooling capabilities due to space or rough environments where dust and humidity is common.

Infrastructure that can handle earthquakes, lightning and extreme temperatures

Ericsson has a history in providing infrastructure for one of the most demanding industries – telecom. The experience comes from having supplied infrastructures that must be resilient in the face of an earthquake that measures 8.3 on the Richter scale, lightning strikes that hit 1,500 volts and temperatures from -5 to 50°C. In the telecom industry, these requirements are known as NEBS (Network Equipment Building System).

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High temperature datacenters and the Open Compute Project

At the Open Compute Summit 2017, Ericsson is introducing one of our first contributions to the community that addresses equipment that must meet requirements from demanding environments in a Distributed Cloud Infrastructure.ericsson_hyperscale_blog_distributed_cloud_infrastructure_topology_1.png

Our contributions are around high temperature datacenters in which we are utilizing the design from the Ericsson NEBS3 compliant system BSP 8000. The main differences between this and traditional IT equipment are the building practice, cooling, board design, form factor and component selection for longer system life expectancy. 

The system design is well suited for any customer when implementing an infrastructure for NFV. It enables full redundancy, cooling principles and board design to withstand high temperature and long life operations. The architecture has a small footprint, low power consumption, and flexible deployment options when it comes to housing of the equipment.

The contributed hardware design covers specifications for subrack and board design.

Learn about Distributed Cloud Infrastructure

In our new paper on Distributed Cloud Infrastructure, In this paper, we explore some current and emerging applications that benefit from it, including Content Delivery Networks, data storage with regulatory compliance, hybrid cloud platforms and IoT data processing, among others:.

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Ericsson and the Open Compute Project

In 2016, Ericsson joined the OCP as a platinum member. Ericsson's contributions to the OCP are based on solutions utilizing our cloud infrastructure portfolio and our ambition is to drive adoption of open datacenter solutions based on software-defined infrastructure and Intel® Rack Scale Design.

Our philosophy is that all designs and component alternatives shall be managed under one common software control plane, to enable continuous management improvement, analytical insights and preparing for future automation and machine learning opportunities. With Platinum OCP membership, Ericsson is accelerating its commitment to supporting customers' digital industrialization journeys to digital business, IoT and 5G.

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Anna-Maria Kåstedt

Anna-Maria joined the marketing team for Ericsson’s next-generation cloud infrastructure in 2014. She joined Ericsson 1993 and has deep experience in mobility, broadband and applications working with global business development, sales and marketing. She holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, followed by post-graduate courses at the IBM Business School. She is currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. Anna-Maria is excited to be part the continuous journey of transformation for people and business within ICT and believes with brilliant ideas, passion, great team collaboration and leadership - everything is possible.

Anna-Maria Kåstedt