Pluribus Networks and Ericsson

The Ericsson Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) offering is a new generation of data center systems that is based upon Intel’s Rack Scale Design and powered by Pluribus Networks Netvisor® ONE operating system and the Adaptive Cloud Fabric™.

Software Defined Infrastructure – a foundation for NFVI, edge computing and distributed cloud

The open Ericsson Software Defined Infrastructure extends the business agility and operational efficiency of the cloud into the hardware layer of the Ericsson Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) solution, increasing the scalability, elasticity and hardware utilization of the data center.

Ericsson Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) Solution diagram

The Ericsson SDI system consists of a flexible and elastic hardware management solution across storage, compute and networking that extends the business agility and operational efficiency of the cloud into the hardware layer of the NFVI solution. The networking is powered by Pluribus Networks Netvisor ONE operating system and the Adaptive Cloud Fabric in the Ericsson system, which is a verified NFVI solution deployed by many of the world’s leading operators. Netvisor ONE was selected by Ericsson for SDI because of the unique distributed operating system, its ability to provide comprehensive network slicing and its support for rich network services, programmability and telemetry on a per-slice basis. The NFVI solution enables operators to deploy virtual telecom, OSS, BSS, IT and media applications with speed while keeping total cost of ownership low. This cloud infrastructure solution is open and follows ETSI architectural principles. To get started quickly with cloud-based applications with low risk, Ericsson provides a proven and system-verified solution that is evolving to support edge computing and container management capabilities for distributed cloud. By May 2019 this solution was deployed in production in over 30 leading operators worldwide and in pre-qualification testing with another 30+.

Ericsson Software Defined Infrastructure

The open Ericsson Software Defined Infrastructure extends the business agility and operational efficiency of the cloud into the hardware layer of our NFVI solution, increasing the scalability, elasticity and utilization of the data center.

Following the ETSI model, Ericsson’s NFVI solution replaces vertically integrated systems with an open cloud infrastructure that hosts virtual network functions (VNFs). This dramatically improves business agility and operational efficiency.

Instead of configuring hardware into separate, statically cabled configurations that host local workloads, in Ericsson SDI, resources are pre-cabled into a common hardware pool available to all workloads across the entire infrastructure, regardless of which VIM manages them.

The pool is open and connects compute and storage resources from Ericsson, and vendors such as Dell and HP, through Ericsson SDI Networking – the common switching fabric where Pluribus Networks provides the core technology. Regardless of how many racks the resources are distributed across or which vendor manufactured them, the hardware management is done through Ericsson SDI Manager as the single integration point. Download this paper to learn more.