There is no 5G Core without Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud Infrastructure for 5G

How can service providers best build an open telco cloud infrastructure for 5G to introduce services quickly with low risk? And how can infrastructure be evolved to support cloud native applications and edge computing for new business opportunities?

What is Ericsson Cloud Infrastructure?

Ericsson Cloud Infrastructure portfolio provides proven, open, and standards-based solutions to communication service providers seeking an on premises cloud infrastructure for their virtual and cloud-native 5G applications. Ultimately, everyone needs cloud infrastructure, and with 5G, the need accelerates. Ericsson NFVI, Edge NFVI and Cloud Native Infrastructure reduce complexity, lower risk, shorten your time to market, and reduce total cost of ownership, all while laying the foundation for 5G. We believe that our 140+ live deployments of cloud infrastructure solutions proves our capabilities in this area.

Cloud Infrastructure explained

Cloud Infrastructure transformation

Ericsson provides a market leading standards based telco cloud infrastructure for communication service providers. The foundation is a system-verified NFVI solution enabling short time to market for new services and low total cost of ownership. Ericsson Cloud Infrastructure uses products based on open source software and open interfaces with support for virtual machines, containers, edge computing and several third party options in the hardware infrastructure level.

As service providers increasingly adopt NFV, they face the critical challenge of validating and certifying virtual network functions (VNFs) from a multitude of suppliers. VNFs need to be validated for initial onboarding and frequently re-validated to keep up with the pace of infrastructure innovation. Ericsson Partner VNF certification program provides continuous validation to keep track of updates, a standardized testing framework, and a market place portal.

Ericsson has more than 190 cloud infrastructure customers across the world including leading service providers such as Swisscom, Telefónica, Wind Tre, Telstra, DOCOMO and Telkomsel. More than 140 service providers are using our cloud infrastructure in commercial operation.

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Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) is a telco cloud platform which virtual network functions (VNFs) and container-based applications are deployed on. The NFVI runs telecom, operations support systems, business support systems, media and many types of IT and IoT applications. Together with Ericsson Edge NFVI, Cloud Native Infrastructure and the VNF Partner Certification service, Ericsson provides a secure transformation to 5G where cloud native and edge computing are foundational capabilities.

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Ericsson Cloud Native Infrastructure

System-verified bare metal CaaS infrastructure for cloud native applications

VNF certification

Service for validating and certifying that your VNFs work smoothly on Ericsson NFVI.

Edge computing

Edge computing enabling new business opportunities across several industries.

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