Rick Ramsey

I started my high tech training as an avionics technician in the US Air Force. While studying Economics at UC Berkeley, I wrote reference manuals and developer guides for two artificial intelligence languages, ART and SYNTEL. At Sun Microsystems I wrote about hardware, software, and toolkits for developers and sysadmins, and published “All About Administering NIS+.” I served as information architect before joining BigAdmin, which morphed into the Systems Community at Oracle. I left Oracle in May of 2015, and now write for Ericsson.

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The time for onboarding NFV is now

It takes vision, confidence, a high tolerance for risk, and a big pile of cash to become an early adopter of a transformative technology. Yes, the rewards are great, but so are the risks. This has been particularly true of transformations from physical network functions to VNFs.

How to include your legacy systems in our hyperscale vPODs

Did you know that you can include certain legacy servers in the virtual performance-optimized datacenters (vPODs) configured by our hyperscale system (Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000)? In fact, if they speak either Internet Management Protocol Interface (IPMI) 2.0 or the Pooled Systems Management Engine (PSME) protocol, we treat them as first-class vPOD citizens, with the same capabilities as our rack- and sled-based resources, including no degradation in performance.

This is what vPODs do to make you lean and agile

Learn how elastic vPODs - part of our implementation of software-defined infrastructure based on Intel® Rack Scale Design - can make your bimodal architecture both agile and lean.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.