Pre-commercial trial for Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) using Ericsson HDS 8000 in 2016 in one of the most competitive hardware markets in the world. Implementation will enable Far EasTone to explore datacenter operations and build competitive public cloud infrastructure. Ericsson HDS 8000 one of the first products designed for commercial implementation of SDI based on Intel® Rack Scale Architecture.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) partners with Far EasTone, one of Taiwan's tier-one operators, for a pre-commercial software-defined infrastructure (SDI) trial. Adopting Ericsson HDS 8000 solution, the co-development will enable Far EasTone to optimize its datacenter operations through increased utilization, and build a competitive public cloud infrastructure.

Ericsson HDS 8000 is a new generation of advanced datacenter systems using disaggregated hardware architecture, with full optical interconnect backplane for lower total cost of ownership (TCO). This means that hardware resources are used more efficiently compared with fixed function devices. Hardware disaggregation is an important concept in achieving SDI, and is enabled in Ericsson’s solution through the use of Intel® Rack Scale Architecture.

Together with the HDS Command Center, Ericsson’s core uniqueness of SDI, provides unchallenged automation and governance capabilities in delivering quicker time to market services. The overall focus is to enable a complete operator cloud transformation for Network Functions Virtualization, IT and commercial cloud operations.

Mike Lee, Executive Vice President of Enterprise & Carrier Business Unit at Far EasTone, says: “With this partnership exploration, we believe Ericsson HDS 8000 solution will play a key role in redefining our next generation datacenter infrastructure, as we evolve towards the ICT era.”

Chris Houghton, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson, says: “Ericsson HDS 8000 is one of the first products designed for broad commercial implementation of SDI. Our leadership in this space makes Ericsson a strong partner for customers looking to evolve their datacenters, and we are excited to work with Far EasTone in exploring how SDI can help capture new possibilities created by the Networked Society.”

Ryan Parker, General Manager of the Memory and Rack Scale Group at Intel, says: “Both Intel and Ericsson have been working on realizing the value of SDI and we are thrilled to see Far EasTone adopting HDS 8000 for public cloud usage. HDS8000, based on Intel® Rack Scale Architecture, takes an important step forward towards improved data center agility, operations and performance per IT dollar through acute control of data center resources promised with deployment of software defined infrastructure.”

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