Dell Technologies bets on ORAN, the new telecom standard

Dell Technologies bets on ORAN, the new telecom standard

Dell Technologies introduced multiple large-scale solutions for telecom providers’ Open Radio Access Networks (ORAN).

ORAN, a set of new network standards, has the future. Currently, the compatibility of typical network software and hardware is vendor dependent. In contrast, the implementation of ORAN allows providers to leverage diverse software and hardware across a network.

It’s no secret that Dell Technologies is pursuing a stake in ORAN. Today, the organization introduced multiple solutions to facilitate ORAN for telecom providers.

Telecom Multi-Cloud Foundation

In October 2021, Dell Technologies presented Bare Metal Orchestrator, a management tool to deploy 5G and ORAN (Open Radio Access Network) on thousands to hundreds of thousands of servers. Ultimately, Bare Metal Orchestrator enables organizations to find, activate and use servers for a 5G network.

Dell Telecom Multi-Cloud Foundation, today’s first launch, integrates Bare Metal Orchestrator into a customer’s cloud platform. Most major platforms are supported, including Red Hat, VMware and Wind River.

Dell delivers Telecom Multi-Cloud Foundation as a single solution. An organization no longer has to bother with manual integrations of Bare Metal Orchestrator and its current cloud platform. Dell takes care of that.

In addition, Dell is introducing Bare Metal Orchestrator Modules. The modules are deployed in sections of the existing cloud infrastructure. Upon deployment, those sections become manageable with Bare Metal Orchestrator. This makes it possible to centrally manage hard-to-reach hardware and software.

Dell also presented the OPEN RAN Accelerator card, one of the first accelerator cards for accelerating ORAN workloads on x86 servers, including Dell PowerEdge. Dell designed the model in collaboration with chip giant Marvell.

Dell Validated Design for Services Edge 1.2

In addition to the ORAN solutions, Dell introduces an update to Validated Design for Services Edge. The existing solution consists of sensors for devices in edge locations of a network. The sensors capture data and send data to the cloud. There, the data becomes available for analytics. The new update (Validated Design for Services Edge 1.2) allows the solution to run on 5G hardware produced by Airspan, one of Dell’s partners.

Dell ProDeploy for NFVI

Lastly, there’s Dell ProDeploy for NFVI, a new consulting service for organizations looking to build NFVI networks. NFVI (network function virtualization) is similar to a hypervisor for VMs and Kubernetes for containers. Telecom providers use NFVI to virtualize and manage entire networks. Dell is now providing said virtualization as a service under the banner of ProDeploy for NFVI.