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Ericsson, Intel Team Up on 5G Software-Defined Infrastructure

February 11, 2019 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Ericsson and Intel are jointly developing a hardware management platform for service providers targeting 5G, NFV, and distributed cloud.The new platform combines hardware and software: Ericsson SDI Manager software and Intel Rack Scale Design (RSD) architecture and software. It will also maintain full backward compatibility for Ericsson customers.RSD is Intel’s reference architecture for disaggregated, composable infrastructure. Ericsson’s software-defined infrastructure (SDI) system is based on Intel RSD and provides a common managed hardware pool for all workloads that dynamically scales. Converging the two will enable faster service rollout and more efficient hardware utilization, according to Intel and Ericsson.