The deal, believed to be the largest OpenStack software engagement to date, represents a dramatic shift in the telecommunications industry as Ericsson pioneers a cloud approach to its global networking infrastructure. Ericsson today connects more than 2.5 billion subscribers globally and Ericsson networks carry more than 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic. Ericsson’s cloud transformation covers telecom, IT and public cloud. The adoption of carrier-grade Mirantis OpenStack software for Ericsson’s cloud platform promises to reduce the number of hardware platforms in the network, reducing power consumption, slashing operating expenses by creating more flexibility to scale up, scale down, and dramatically reduce time to market to deliver new services.
"We're looking forward to closely and actively working with Mirantis on the areas that our operators care most about: performance, resiliency, fault tolerance and security. We believe that the joint effort between our companies will help advance and enhance the production quality of OpenStack," said Dr. Jason Hoffman, Product Line Head for the Ericsson Cloud Systems and Platforms.
Among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, Mirantis has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds at companies such as AT&T, Cisco WebEx, Comcast, Dell, The Gap, NASA, NTT Docomo, PayPal, Red Hat, Sprint and Verizon.