Software Defined Infrastructure

Ericsson Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) extends the business agility and operational efficiency provided by the open software stack of our system verified NFVI solution into its hardware layer. 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 efficiency.



Ericsson SDI Manager discovers and manages compute hardware from any of our certified vendors and configures it into the common pool.


Our SDI enables you to rapidly create development-, test-, or production environments for your new telecom services, so you can onboard new products and services in time to match demand. Without any manual re-cabling, you can quickly partition part of our data center equipment by creating a vPOD (virtual POD) dedicated for a specific purpose. Each individual vPODs can be extended or shrunk using equipment from the common pool based upon demand. Once no longer needed, a vPOD can simply be removed and the equipment is returned for other usage.


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. By providing spare capacity at the infrastructure level, instead of within each POD, a common pool can reduce the overall need for compute hardware by 15%.

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Ericsson SDI Manager

The SDI Manager provides hardware management and 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 certified 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 software in our SDI Networking uses the Ericsson NRU (Networking Rack Unit) hardware to logically separate the common hardware pool into vPODs with the isolation required to host multiple tenants. 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 art hardware for compute, storage and network. It provides the efficiency and performance levels needed for all operator needs. . Please see the Data Sheets tab for more information.

Intel® Rack Scale Design

Ericsson SDI is based on Intel® Rack Scale Design, which extends the principles and benefits of virtualization from individual servers to the entire datacenter with a next-generation platform of standardized APIs and an emerging solution ecosystem to meet a broad spectrum of customer needs.

Our software defined infrastructure consists of compute, storage, and networking resources connected by a networking fabric into a common pool.

Facilitating NFV transformation to 5G

In order to increase agility, decrease total cost of ownership (TCO), and reduce complexity, operators are investing in network functions virtualization (NFV). During this transformation, operators will face various requirements from applications or different parts of the organization requiring a flexible infrastructure which can be adapted for a multitude of needs.

SDI is a way of providing hardware resources flexibly for different operator needs. The SDI technology provides the capability to control and configure compute, storage, and networking hardware from a central management platform into so called virtual performance-optimized datacenters (vPODs). To do that, an advanced hardware management system is used.