Multi cloud and edge service orchestration and automation platform, Cloudify, has announced partnerships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Intel, and Capgemini Engineering aimed at speeding up the transition of telcos and organizations to public cloud-based infrastructure. Cloudify and its partners will do so by leveraging open-source cloud native and DevOps design, commonly known as an agile first strategy.
According to Cloudify, these collaborations have been able to solve challenging industry automation issues in a real carrier environment in just a few weeks, including providing new upgrades in a matter of hours and changing an entire 5G core between two separate suppliers in only three weeks.
The project’s outcome resulted in a faster time to market, a significant reduction in transformation costs, and future proofing offerings for the next generation cloud era, stated Cloudify. It was aimed at both vendors and carriers looking to accelerate their transformation into cloud native and public cloud by adding a multi-Kubernetes cluster service orchestration.
Kubernetes, AWS Outposts
This project will serve as a gateway to Cloudify version 6 (expected in Q3 2021), which will include service orchestration for multiple Kubernetes clusters, support for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) and AWS Outposts discovery, and batch updates to simplify deployment and continuous update to a distributed cluster.
Cloudify’s management and orchestration solution, with full integration to AWS services like AWS CloudFormation, AWS CodePipeline, Amazon CloudWatch, and Amazon EKS – as well as support for provisioning workloads and clusters on-premises using AWS Outposts or Amazon EKS Anywhere – would make it a fit for 5G network slicing use cases.
“We are excited to see the network transformation momentum extend to the RAN in a Cloud environment. The industry is rapidly moving towards virtualization of the RAN leveraging Intel’s investments in our FlexRAN software for the last decade, with the successful completion of various proofs of concepts, trials and global deployments on hardware based on Intel processors, accelerators, FPGAs, and ethernet adapters,” said Cristina Rodriguez, VP and GM Wireless Access Network Division at Intel. “This collaboration with Cloudify, Altran, and AWS, demonstrates a cloud native vRAN based on the latest Intel technology and software, and showcases the performance and agility that will unleash the full potential of 5G.”
In addition, Cloudify can now be found on the AWS Marketplace.
“This incredible collaboration really does demonstrate a total rewrite on how network automation and 5G can operate in a post public cloud world,” said Ariel Dan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cloudify. “AWS allows us to create a successful and open multi-vendor solution without integration complexity, allowing us to focus on the next challenge – changing management across the entire stack using an agile first approach.”