Dell is joining the Airship initiative, which is a set of interoperable open source tools that “automate cloud provisioning and life-cycle management.” AT&T, SK Telecom, Intel and the OpenStack Foundation founded the open-source infrastructure project last year.
Kevin Shatzkamer, vice president of Dell EMC Service Provider Solutions, said his company is collaborating with AT&T to “combine our joint telco industry best practices” and help service providers create new edge and 5G services.
“As the world leader in servers, storage and personal computers, Dell’s world-class supply chain is best positioned to deliver the cost structure, predictability and access to emerging infrastructure technologies required to enable the transition to a more open, disaggregated mobile network,” Shatzkamer said.
The companies stressed the importance of edge computing in a joint announcement Thursday. Businesses need to bring computing physically closer to people and devices that need it. Cloud-native applications call for a low latency environment.
“Dell Technologies’ addition to the Airship community reaffirms the industry’s growing trust and investment in the open infrastructure model,” said Amy Wheelus, vice president, AT&T Network Cloud. “This collaboration will not only enable us to accelerate the AT&T Network Cloud on the Dell Technologies infrastructure, but also further the broader community goal of making it as simple as possible for operators to deploy and manage open infrastructure in support of SDN and other workloads.”
Scott Fulton of Data Center Knowledge wrote that the Airship initiative aims to preserve telco’s virtual network functions (VNF) alongside containerized network functions (CNF) He described Thursday’s announcement as a possible truce between enterprises and service providers fighting over “the land rights for smaller, nimbler data centers.”
@DellTech gets Edgy…
Edge is all about extending enterprise infrastructure well beyond the walls of any datacenter. 5G is the glue to it all together.
— Steve McDowell (@sr_mcdowell) August 15, 2019
AT&T two months ago announced an edge computing go-to-market program with HPE.