Today’s organizations operate in a business climate of breakneck speed and continuous change. How do we connect the next billion devices? How can we spin up and take down services and applications on demand? Store petabytes of data? Compete with the speed, scale, and value of the hyperscale providers and their public clouds? Pop the rising TCO bubble? Ramp up infrastructure capacity, utilization, and performance? With Ericsson Cloud.
Ericsson Cloud enables businesses to transform their IT operations so that they can respond to these changing market forces faster and deliver customer value more effectively, all while containing costs to be more competitive.
We call this digital industrialization. It is a continuous cycle that organizations can use to turn IT infrastructure from a cost into an asset. How? By standardizing on one set of technologies and economics across facilities, hardware, software, and operations; consolidating datacenters; abstracting functionality; automating operations; and governing it all to ensure security, integrity, and compliance.
Ericsson's long history of transformation
Ericsson did not invent fixed telephony. But we did transform it. In the early 1970s we began the digital transformation of fixed communication systems with a core system known as the AXE 10. We first provided digital transmission, collection, and control of voice for all the infrastructures and then for all the users of that infrastructure.
Neither did we invent mobile telephony. However, we did transform the industry, using the RBS 6000 system. Since mobile telephony multiplied the number of devices per user, we faced the challenge of scaling from connecting 1 billion users to connecting 5 billion users—at an ever-decreasing cost. We solved the problem through continuous improvement of both our technology and our operations. As a result of our improvements, networks were able to deliver exponentially more throughput at a vastly reduced cost.
We also did not invent cloud, but we intend to do for cloud what we did for fixed and mobile telephony. The challenge we now face is transforming the infrastructure that connects not just 5 billion users, but 50 billion devices with each other and with those users. Whereas the AXE 10 and RBS 6000 systems focused on voice, their technological heir, Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000, focuses on the transmission, collection, and control of data.
That data shares the same governance needs of voice. Both have to be highly accessible and convenient to use, while at the same time being highly secure and trusted. Furthermore, governance for what constitutes "accessible, convenient, secure, and trusted" varies from region to region, among industries, and among societies. We know this because we have had operations in 187 countries for 140 years.
Not only have we been continuously transforming ourselves during those 140 years, but we've been carrying out that transformation in a socially responsible way across the world. Because those countries and eras have included challenges such as pre-revolutionary Russia and Mexico, we have discovered that the best way to address cultural and institutional differences is to follow an open approach that prioritizes interoperability. When we transformed fixed communications, we relied on ETSI and ANSI. When we transformed mobile, we relied on GSM and 3GPP. And today, for the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, and cloud, we are relying on Intel® Rack Scale Design and open source technologies. Governance for those technologies has changed from standardization bodies to open source communities, but the principle is the same.
Today, Ericsson is once again transforming the way we do business. And we are transforming the traditional IT that supports our business into a Future Digital Infrastructure (FDI). Like the cloud giants Google, Amazon, and Facebook, we are developing our own FDI and agile operations, but with one significant difference: we are making it possible for enterprises of any size to achieve the scale and efficiency of the cloud giants.
Using our experience in digital transformation, our deep understanding of the IoT, cloud, and 5G, and our long involvement with standards bodies (and now, open source), we intend to lead the digital industrialization of the infrastructures that enable cloud, the IoT, 5G, and other technologies into each of those 187 countries.
What you should expect
Recognizing the game-changing potential of Intel® Rack Scale Design (Intel® RSD) and its software-defined infrastructure (SDI), we developed Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 to bring the benefits of hyperscale computing to enterprises. For the first time, enterprises can deliver cloud computing performance, cost, and manageability on a par with hyperscale leaders such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 is the world's first complete system based on Intel® RSD. Its disaggregated architecture, pooled resources, SDI, and optical backplane are designed to manage the datacenter resources of telecom operators, service providers, and enterprises.
By deploying Ericsson products based on Intel® Rack Scale Design and taking advantage of Ericsson transformation services, your company will be able to:
- Run highly elastic workloads efficiently while continuing to support its legacy operations.
- Become agile enough to pursue new business opportunities as it spots them, with hardware utilization rates and operations lean enough to win the business and run it profitably.
- Understand its datacenter operations in sufficient depth and breadth to continuously analyze, automate, and optimize both costs and operations.
- Become a trusted partner in a dynamic digital ecosystem.
- Obtain the hyperscale efficiency and functionality of cloud giants on premises, with technology that enables workload portability between on-prem and public clouds.