Dell accelerates opportunities at the edge as 5G deployments in Singapore and offshore accelerate



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The Singapore government recently announced that 5G in Singapore will be available island-wide by 2025. The government is currently testing 5G applications on various use cases with the communications service provider (CSP) Singtel and other technology companies to provide high-quality solutions. .

For CSPs like Singtel, to support the massive data growth expected of 5G applications and services, it is critical to move to the compute infrastructure at the edge and seek to integrate a broad ecosystem of software vendors to capture new income opportunities.

New technologies like Open RAN (ORAN) give CSPs a wider range of options for deploying network infrastructure to support future growth. However, this trend is leading to a large, geographically distributed open compute deployment that can be difficult to deploy and manage.

In Malaysia, the country is expected to see around 80% of populated areas with 5G network coverage as part of the government’s measures to respond to short-term efforts to place the country’s reopening on a more solid footing. Phase 1 with 10% 5G coverage will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya by the end of 2021. Malaysian CSPs are also looking to accelerate their open and cloud-native network deployments and create new revenue opportunities. on the outskirts.

To help CSPs achieve this goal, Dell Technologies unveiled new telecommunications offerings that automate the deployment and management of open, cloud-native network infrastructure to accelerate opportunities at the edge.

“As server technology proliferates across increasingly open telecommunications networks, the industry is seeing an immediate and growing need for remote management of the lifecycle of a highly distributed compute fabric,” said Dennis Hoffman , senior vice president and general manager of Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business.

5G in Singapore

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Creating new opportunities at the periphery with 5G in Singapore and the region

Dell Technologies Bare Metal Orchestrator telecommunications software provides the breadth and scalability to automate the deployment and management of hundreds of thousands of servers in geographic locations to support ORAN and 5G deployments.

The company’s first software to emerge from its Project Metalweaver initiative, Bare Metal Orchestrator gives CSPs the tools to discover and inventory servers, bring them online, and deploy software regardless of their location on the network.

With declarative automation, Bare Metal Orchestrator tells the targeted server what to do, so that tasks and workflows, such as deploying software stacks and workloads, can be performed quickly and efficiently without human intervention. The software combines open standards technology with intellectual property from Dell Technologies.

With Bare Metal Orchestrator, CSPs can eliminate days or weeks of configuration and provisioning to bring network hardware into a workload-ready state. This reduces the time it takes for an open network to deliver differentiated and profitable services at scale.

Over time, software can reduce operating costs by orchestrating server lifecycle management and minimizing errors and the need for IT expertise. ACG Research estimates operating savings of up to 57% for CSPs deploying Bare Metal Orchestrator in their networks.

“Singapore is working towards island-wide 5G coverage by 2025. As we prepare for this future, local CSPs are looking for ideas and solutions to support 5G innovation, while reducing risk and the complexities of evolving their network infrastructure, ”said Andy Sim, vice president and general manager, Singapore, Dell Technologies.

For Caroline Chappell, Research Director, Analysys Mason, the industry is moving towards open RAN networks, but network operators face the challenge of operating them profitably on a large scale.

“To keep pace with innovation, telecom operators need more agile means to deploy and manage their network infrastructure. Bare metal orchestrators, such as software from Dell Technologies, will be critical to the flexible and efficient automation of heterogeneous bare-metal environments that operators tell us need to underpin cloud-native open RAN functions.

With the acceleration of deployments in the region, the possibilities of opportunities at the edge will only allow CSPs to deliver the best solutions and services to enterprises, especially by perfecting the 5G use cases that they plan to exploit in the future.


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