Software Defined Infrastructure

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

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. 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.


Ericsson SDI Manager discovers compute hardware from any of our approved vendors and configures it into the common pool. It logically allocates those resources into virtual, performance-optimized datacenters (vPODs). These vPODs are used for virtual, containerized, and bare metal deployments, depending on the need of the workloads.


The vPODs are used by operators to quickly set up multiple hardware environments to support NFVI with optimized performance and utilization. The vPODs can be rapidly created, expanded, reduced, or deleted without manual reconfiguration or re-cabling. This makes it possible to provision services and scale the infrastructure up and down, in and out, in an efficient manner.



Efficient Hardware Utilization

Managing all hardware, independent of vendor, in a common pool from a single integration point with a common set of skills, tools, and procedures creates operational efficiencies and the unique capability to scale out. By providing spare capacity at the infrastructure level, instead of within each POD, a common pool reduces the hardware buffer by 50 percent.

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Ericsson Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) (formerly called Ericsson HDS 8000 system) is a system product where the SDI Manager and SDI Networking software together with HDS 8000 hardware creates a unique value proposition for telecom operators.

Ericsson SDI Manager
The SDI Manager (formerly Ericsson Command Center) not only provides hardware management, it is also the centerpiece in managing the vPOD setup including tenant management. It manages both Ericsson HDS 8000 hardware as well as compute and storage hardware from our approved vendors. An open RedFish North bound interface provides a common integration point for Ericsson and other vendors’ hardware in the common pool.

Ericsson SDI Networking
The SDI Networking software (formerly Ericsson HDS Networking) is, together with the Ericsson NRU (Networking Rack Unit) hardware, providing the networking logic to logically separate the common hardware pool into vPODs. It is powered by Pluribus Networks Netvisor® ONE operating system and the Adaptive Cloud Fabric™.

Ericsson HDS 8000 Hardware
The Ericsson HDS 8000 hardware family includes state of the arthardware for compute, storage and network. It provides the efficiency and performance levels needed for all operator needs. Please see the data sheets in the downloads section for more information.

Learn more about Ericsson's NFVI solution here.




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