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5G Integration and Operations in a Multi-Vendor, Container-Based Architecture



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Report Summary:

The evolution from legacy and NFV network VM silos to dynamically distributed cloud-native container-based microservices triggers a major paradigm shift that requires telecom engineers to familiarize themselves with computer science container-based, cloud-native software and virtualization, which they inherently mistrust as unreliable.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel®, Kubernetes, and Red Hat® have expended considerable resources to create the best of both worlds—high performance, highly reliable, secure, and scalable cloud-native service platforms. These platforms offer CSPs the potential for service agility, lower OPEX and CAPEX with better and more profitable quality of experience (QoE) for their customers.

This report and the related webinar were sponsored by HPE and Intel.

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Learn more about how HPE is accelerating digital service provider transformation at hpe.com/dsp/services and how Intel is helping enterprises and communication service providers with cloud-optimized and 5G-ready platforms at www.intel.com/networktransformation.


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

  • Organizational and process change has begun in advance of 5G
  • OPEX savings from cloud-native processes have greater impact than major CAPEX reduction New operations and integration needed for cloud-native ecosystem

CREATING CLOUD-NATIVE EXECUTION ENVIRONMENTS

  • Running cloud-native 5G Core vs. previous generation networks

DESIGNING FOR OPERATIONS AND INTEGRATION

CREATING CLOUD-NATIVE CONTAINER ENVIRONMENTS

  • Readying telco environments for cloud-native containers

DEVELOPING CLOUD-NATIVE NETWORK AND SERVICE FUNCTIONS

MIGRATING TO CLOUD-NATIVE OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

  • Moving toward continuous automation

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

  • Recommendations

OPERATIONALIZING CLOUD-NATIVE SOLUTIONS ON BARE-METAL HARDWARE

  • Migration from NFV to containerized microservices creates challenges
  • Benefits of moving to COTS-based cloud-native containers—Software agility, resiliency, QoS
  • Kubernetes is adding capabilities to accelerate CSP migration to cloud-native containers
  • Guaranteeing hardware and network performance with Kubernetes on bare metal
  • Challenges of dynamic sensitive workload placement
  • State of container-based service and network function deployment

IMPLICATIONS

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Communications and Media solutions
  • About Intel
  • About Strategy Analytics

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