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.

1. Ericsson is the first to take hyperscale outside the “Super 7” internet providers

Hyperscale cloud infrastructures power the largest internet providers’ datacenters. So far, the technology has been restricted to players prepared to make their own infrastructure designs and work with an ODM supply chain.

Ericsson is the first player to industrialize hyperscale and make it commercially available as a system solution. During the last 24 months, we have collaborated closely with Intel and have released the world’s first hyperscale cloud portfolio.ECP.jpg

2. Scaling systems to serve 3 billion people is the next wave

The next wave of the cloud infrastructure evolution is to scale your operations. Scaling up capacity and scaling down cost in an evolutionary way is “table stakes” in IT today. The new challenge is to take the scaling game to a 10X level and do it quickly.

Ericsson has a long tradition of building systems to scale to very large volumes. The mobile systems we have deployed serve 3 billion users. When building systems for very large scale for any application, you get a different perspective on industrialization, availability, reliability, and lifecycle management.

3. Most of our systems run like clocks with 40 percent utilization rates

The utilization rate for workloads in private datacenters rarely exceeds 20 percent. Part of this is related to dynamic traffic loads, part is related to resources operated in silos or with poor visibility of actual resource utilization levels.

Ericsson has a long history of operating large systems with 40 percent utilization rates in redundant configurations. A perspective on how to run systems with high utilization rates is central for the cloud infrastructure evolution. Private clouds will run stable and predictable workloads at higher utilization levels than in the past. Public clouds will carry the load from many dynamic workloads and reduce the need for slack capacity in private clouds.

4. Software, infrastructure, and services are more than three parts

The IT industry has a long history of separation of applications, infrastructure, and integration services based on open standards. A model enabling the procurement of parts according to your specific preferences requires major integration efforts at the back end to bring all the pieces together.

Ericsson possesses a broader set of capabilities that can be leveraged. We are a major provider of applications in three diverse fields. First, we provide network functions for fixed and mobile networks, and we provide digital business systems addressing Operations and Business Support processes. Our TV and media applications portfolio is driving the convergence of broadband, media, and mobile. Second, we are a provider of cloud infrastructure based on the next cloud datacenter paradigms, for example, Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 based on Intel® Rack Scale Design and software-defined infrastructures. Third, we possess a service organization for IT and network transformation.

The biggest difference you will see in our perspectives is our ability to see the potential for industrialization across the three fields.

5. Hybrid and dynamic clouds are both essential for digital factories

Over the last decade, IT organizations have typically operated a private datacenter under tight governance, along with loosely coupled shadow IT operations in the public cloud. The private datacenter is managed by the CIO's organization, while the shadow IT operations are often driven by various business-specific initiatives.

Ericsson is the first to realize the strong need to bring both under a common umbrella. You will need both public and private cloud capabilities in the future. You can integrate them into a common picture to get the best of both worlds. By combining private and public clouds as part of one framework, you will be ready to support the dynamic future, without the need for excessive investments in idle capacity in order to manage peak workloads.

6. The impact of 5G on your cloud strategy has a lot to do with 3G

In most marketing material about the future, 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the cloud today appear as siblings. The cloud will power all future applications. Devices will expand beyond mobile phones into a large variety of smart, connected products. And 5G is promoted as the next mobile network to carry the load.

Ericsson has been instrumental in leading the mobile industry through major network generation shifts. For 4G, we went all-in with LTE, even when WiMAX and Ultra Mobile Broadband were stealing a lot of industry air time. We are happy to articulate how we see 5G developing and why it is closer to 3G than to 4G. We don’t believe any cloud strategy for the future can be successful without a strong tie to mobile devices and networks through which all digital factories will connect to the cloud.

7. Ericsson is today a major provider of datacenter infrastructure

Ericsson is today a major provider of datacenter infrastructure. We design and sell servers for telecom applications. We sell large amounts of third-party hardware as part of the appliances around our software. And we have just built three mega-datacenters to support our own needs. We are leading the way towards using datacenters as powerful digital factories - rather than continuing down the route of more of the same.

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Peter Linder

Peter Linder is Head of Business Management and Sales Support for Business Unit IT & Cloud Products towards Region North America. Since 2011 Peter has been based in North America in various management roles for the development of Ericsson’s cloud and IP Business in the US and Canada. He is also a Network Society evangelist appointed in the original group in 2011 and an intrapreneur dedicated to learning and sharing insights on how the digital transformation is reshaping future networks.

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