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Next stop, Jorvas – distributed cloud platforms and edge computing

I am Marina Koroleff, a 20 year old Computer Science student from Kirkkonummi, Finland. This summer I’m working as an intern in the cloud team at Ericsson in Jorvas.

Students from many different fields join Ericsson Research for internships or thesis work. You could be next. Follow our blog to learn about the students at Ericsson Research this summer.

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Test your 5G application in the Urban ICT Arena

The 5G test platform that Ericsson offers to innovators and service developers in the Urban ICT Arena (UICTA) now includes an edge cloud. Applications that need to be executed close to the end user – in other words, those that need very low latency or deal with a lot of local data – can now be tested in a real network environment. Find out more about this test environment and how it can support faster application development.

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5G and eye-tracking enabling mobile VR

How do we cope with the anticipated huge demands on bandwidth and device computational power coming from high-quality virtual reality as video resolutions grow higher and higher? Researchers from Ericsson Research, the Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, and Tobii have demonstrated how bandwidth and device computational requirements can be dramatically reduced by using smart eye-tracking combined with low-latency 5G networks and distributed cloud. This allows network service providers to provide excellent experiences at a fraction of the network burden.

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Scaling cloud platforms the P2P way

With the size of centralized cloud deployments continuing to increase and with distributed and edge cloud deployments becoming a reality, how can cloud management platforms scale regardless of infrastructure size and shape? Can performance levels be maintained as scale increases? Centralized and hierarchical approaches have historically dominated but distributed approaches based on peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies are highly relevant to bring into the conversation.

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Cloud 3.0: Making Cloud Easy

We envision Cloud 3.0 as a platform making it easy for developers to both deploy and develop directly in the datacenter and for datacenter managers to administer, for delivering services in compute clusters of all sizes – from large centralized datacenters to clusters of 3 to 5 machines in a radio base station. Such increased usability and scalability should encourage wider utilization of the cloud computing model. Our vision is for cloud computing to become an affordable, secure, and performant information technology utility that is ubiquitously available and can be successfully deployed to digitalize governments, industries, and society. We believe Cloud 3.0 will play a critical role in this vision.

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DevOps for Service Providers – next generation tools

Disruptive telecom concepts like NFV promise agility and high velocity of service innovation and deployment. These requirements call for a novel management paradigm beyond traditional telco workflows and processes. Together with our partners in the EU-FP7-funded UNIFY project, we tackle these challenges by taking inspiration from DevOps ideas widely applied at scale in data centers. Discuss with us our recently released SP-DevOps Toolkit, and how it helps showcase ideas that could usher a next generation of tools for telecom services in software-defined infrastructures.

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Unifying cloud and carrier networks

Service innovation and efficient use of resources are goals of Service Providers and Content Providers in the ICT space. Advances in cloud and networking technologies provide tools to achieve this. Combining cloud technologies and carrier networks in a common orchestration framework can create new levels of performance and innovation, and this has been the goal of the EU FP7-funded UNIFY-project led by Ericsson.

This blog post provides a deep-dive into the UNIFY solution for readers that are well-versed in the technologies of SDN, NFV and data centers. Learn about the BiS-BiS solution, applying the narrow-waist design principle, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), how to fill the gap between SDN and the ETSI Management and Orchestration framework and diverse infrastructure domains.

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