Ericsson opts for OpenStack in deal with Mirantis

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Ericsson is set to use Mirantis’s version of OpenStack as the foundation for its telecommunications network, internal data centres and cloud offerings, according to the Wall Street Journal

The organisation becomes the latest telco to deploy the open source cloud operating system throughout its network.

According to Jason Hoffman, Ericsson’s head of cloud systems and platforms, the company joined the OpenStack project 18 months ago after coming under pressure from its large carrier customers. He claimed they were looking for a way to make their networks more efficient and friendly to innovation, and switching to OpenStack has allowed that.

“OpenStack has become a pretty crucial part around the data centre,” said Hoffman.

The implementation of Mirantis’ OpenStack offering follows a pilot programme carried out last year and will see Ericsson replace software from VMware that it had used to manage its computing infrastructure until now.

The move follows a pilot of the use of OpenStack in its telecom network and internal data centres last year and has also seen Ericsson join the likes of Red Hat and Dell in investing in Mirantis.

Adrian Ionel, the CEO of Mirantis, said: “The biggest value for the end customers are the new services they will be able to get more rapidly”.

While the financial terms of the deal have not been officially released, a source familiar with the deal told the Wall Street Journal said it was a $30 million contract that lasts for five years.

This assertion is lent some weight by the fact Hoffman described as “a five-year journey” its plan to build a new cloud platform that it can sell to its customers that will combine radios and data centres.

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