Dell Joins AT&T’s Airship Project to Advance 5G Cloud

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  • The Airship open infrastructure project is an AT&T-led initiative to automate provisioning telco cloud infrastructure for 5G.
  • Dell’s participation is expected to speed up the release of Airship 2.0, which is expected to be released in the first half of 2020.

Dell Technologies is signing on the Airship open infrastructure project, an AT&T-led initiative aimed at automating provisioning telecom cloud infrastructure for 5G.

Launched last year, Airship is a collection of open source tools for automating cloud provisioning and management. It provides a declarative framework for defining and managing the life cycle of open infrastructure tools and the underlying hardware.

With Dell joining the ecosystem, the project will be extending automation from cloud infrastructure software to hardware as well.

“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.

AT&T launched Airship in May 2018 in collaboration with SK Telecom, Intel and the Open Stack Foundation.

Deepens collaboration on open source edge architecture

Dell and AT&T will jointly explore developing open infrastructure technology to support new use cases and service opportunities in cloud-oriented 5G and edge computing.

The companies have announced plans to develop new open source automation capabilities across the infrastructure stack, including bare metal, networking equipment and storage.

They also plan to speed up the release of Airship 2.0, which is expected to be released in the first half of 2020, develop additional open source capabilities for Metal3-io and OpenStack Ironic and integrate the Kubernetes cluster API.

“Dell Technologies is working closely with AT&T to combine our joint telco industry best practices with decades of data center transformation experience to help service providers quickly roll out new breeds of experiential Edge and 5G services,” said Kevin Shatzkamer, vice president, Dell EMC Service Provider Solutions.

In addition to Dell, AT&T is working with Mirantis, RedHat, SUSE, Ericsson, 99Cloud, as well as its launch partners SK Telecom and Intel on the project.

 

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