22-02-2016, 12:12 #1
[EN] Ericsson announces plans to form global alliance with AWS
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2016-02-22 Categories: Press Releases
Ericsson today announces plans to form a global business, technology and services alliance with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate cloud transformation for telecoms service providers.
New technologies such as mobile broadband and the cloud have transformed the competitive battleground for service providers. Today`s leading telecoms companies seek to capitalize on new opportunities such as IoT and big data analytics and at the same time, leverage the latest technologies to improve productivity and efficiency, increase agility, reduce complexity and risk, as well as create unique value for their customers.
Ericsson is working with AWS to help service providers seize these opportunities, drive the convergence of mobile infrastructure and cloud and give application developers and service providers new capabilities that accelerate innovation and enrich the Networked Society.
As part of this announcement, Ericsson is creating a global team of experts focused on the AWS Cloud and opening cloud innovation centers with customers, and AWS is supporting Ericsson in this effort. Ericsson will contribute expertise from its 25,000 R&D engineers and 66,000-person service workforce - more than 17,000 of whom are consultants and systems integrators, delivering 1,500 projects per year around the world.
Ericsson will establish cloud innovation centers with service providers and has already started work with Australian operator Telstra, who will host the first cloud innovation center in their Gurrowa Innovation Lab in Melbourne, Australia.
Ericsson will leverage AWS` services and expertise to work closely with service providers to implement a cloud adoption framework to fit their unique business objectives. The Ericsson teams will consist of program directors, solutions architects and system engineers who are trained on AWS and Ericsson technologies and bring together deep service provider industry and cloud domain expertise. AWS is supporting Ericsson in this effort with a broad range of resources that may include solutions architects, professional services and training. The companies` efforts are designed to accelerate cloud adoption through cloud transformation programs, data center consolidation and application migration.
Additionally, Ericsson will use AWS services and expertise to develop solutions enabling service providers to build new capabilities and introduce attractive new cloud-related offerings. Examples include:
- End-to-end security and data traffic management from mobile networks and on-premises infrastructure to the AWS Cloud
- Trusted cloud and workload management across on-premises infrastructure and the AWS Cloud
- Gateway services for AWS storage services resident at communications service providers, that help maintain local regulation and compliance requirements
Vish Nandlall, Chief Technology Officer, Telstra says: "The industry is shifting towards an architecture driven by cloud economics and flexibility. Adoption of hybrid clouds requires a secure transmission network linking on-premises to the cloud to provide a chain of custody for mission critical enterprise data.
Telstra`s vision is to build a trusted network service for mission critical cloud data, and we are excited to explore the opportunity of bringing this vision to life with Ericsson and AWS. The Cloud Innovation Center at Gurrowa intends to bring together cloud experts from Ericsson, AWS and Telstra to encourage cloud adoption and the development of new business opportunities for Telstra and our customers."
Terry Wise, Vice President of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, Inc. says: "Service providers are seeing explosive growth due to the rapid adoption of mobile applications and IoT, which is driving the need to think differently about infrastructure and ecosystems. Communications service providers are uniquely positioned to capture the upsides of the cloud adoption wave going on in the market. Ericsson`s new Cloud Innovation Centers, leveraging AWS service and expertise, are designed to empower communications service providers to accelerate innovation within their organizations and rapidly achieve the agility and cost optimization benefits of using AWS."
Anders Lindblad, Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP, Ericsson, says: "AWS is the world`s leader in cloud computing with a highly-reliable, scalable, and secure global infrastructure. Ericsson has always taken great ideas, industrialized them, and made them available in every country. Building upon AWS` platform, we will drive new growth opportunities across the service provider industry."
22-02-2016, 12:14 #2
Ericsson Plans to Take Its Carrier Customers Shopping on AmazonFebruary 22nd, 2016 by Rob Powell
It isn't just the big telecommunications carriers that are seeing the future in other people's clouds, its their own vendors too. Ericsson today unveiled plans to ally with Amazon's AWS as part of the next generation of the backoffice and operations support it supplies to carriers worldwide.
Ericsson is aiming to help its network operator customers to leverage the cloud for their own systems, and specifically Amazon's cloud services as opposed to anything more home grown. They are putting significant resources into simplifying the task of using AWS to power internal systems while still satisfying all the various national government regulations on data etc. They want to 'industrialize' that capability, and of course then sell the services needed to build and maintain the next generation of systems used by carriers to manage their business and networks.
The first carrier to sign on to Ericsson's new cloud-powered panacea is Australia's Telstra, which will be hosting the first of Ericsson's cloud innovation centers in the Currowa Innovation Lab in Melbourne.
At the moment, beyond the fact that Ericsson is planning to push AWS on carriers themselves, today's announcements are still mostly just a collection of buzzwords and potential developments. The real applications will presumably come later on.
But it's also another data point along the path for telcos and the cloud where the bulk of the opportunity seems to have been lost to the likes of Amazon, Google, and others of their ilk. Various large telecommunications providers have been linked to rumors looking for the exits for their own data center and cloud infrastructure forays.
22-02-2016, 13:05 #3
Why AWS and Ericsson Will Revolutionize Cloud ServicesMartin Körling | Ericsson
February 22, 2016
There is a fantastic opportunity right now to bring a new wave of applications and data – such as the IoT and big data analytics – onto the cloud. But achieving this calls for a combination of cloud services and their speed and economies-of-scale, and the local market presence and trusted infrastructure of service providers such as telecom operators.
This is the opportunity we set out to address in the alliance between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Ericsson that was announced today.
Innovation in cloud services
The pace of innovation in cloud services is extraordinary, and AWS is a clear leader, offering over 50 services, including compute, storage, and data analysis, together with an ecosystem of users, documentation and tooling. At the same time, service providers are innovating new network and device services, as well as possessing unique capabilities in managing device connectivity and identity in the mobile network space.
And specifically for enterprise customers, service providers offer high quality network services and infrastructure according to local regulatory environments. Using and building on the AWS services baseline can help service providers build on these strengths and leapfrog into offering competitive cloud services to their enterprise customers, adding value based on unique assets.
Solution architectures for enterprise
We are developing a set of solution architectures that will help service providers create competitive enterprise offerings based on AWS services, initially in the areas of secure networking, manageability of keys, and independent data integrity and placement. These solutions are intended to bring down barriers of cloud service adoption for enterprise applications and datasets that are regarded high risk or under strict local regulatory requirements.
They have been developed in a true agile, customer-driven way, with feedback and learning influencing detailed features and functions.
- network isolation of devices
Today, everything is a connected device – from employee tablets to industrial equipment. Enterprises need to address security threats of many kinds, including misconfiguration and insider attacks. Service providers can act as a network policy enforcement point so that devices can reach only the cloud service end-points they are supposed to.
In this solution we blueprint how a service provider can ensure network isolation all the way from a mobile device to an AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). The assignment of IP addresses to mobile devices is coordinated with the AWS VPC networks, and devices and cloud end-points are not visible from the Internet. In addition, data traffic management, quality and accounting can be controlled in a flexible way.
- service-provider-hosted key management
Already today AWS provides different levels of data security to accommodate varying risk levels of enterprise data and applications. In addition, enterprises have created their own solutions to increase manageability of keys. There is an opportunity for service providers to offer these types of add-ons as a service so enterprises can avoid the need for internal implementations. An example is the life-cycle management of master keys stored in the AWS CloudHSM service.
- policy-based data integrity and placement
AWS storage services are used for a wide range of enterprise applications and datasets. Service providers can help their enterprise customers to enforce and comply with local requirements and policies on, for example, geography and access levels. This solution enables scalable data signing that is independently verifiable and policy enforcement for managing where data is stored. AWS storage services are relied upon to leverage the ecosystem, functionality, and economies of scale.
Combining cloud services and trusted infrastructure
We aim to validate and evolve these and other solutions in a Cloud Innovation Center model, in which Ericsson and AWS will work closely with both service providers and their enterprise customers. We will discover together how a combination of leading cloud services and leading trusted infrastructure can unlock more applications and datasets to make use of the cloud service model.
Martin Körling leads the Ericsson Cloud Product unit in Silicon Valley, developing cloud stack software
- network isolation of devices
22-02-2016, 16:49 #4
Ericsson Teams Up With Amazon Web Services
From left: Terry Wise (AWS), Mike Yang (Quanta Computer),
and Anders Lindblad (Ericsson)
February 22, 2016
Ericsson is enlisting the help of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help bring telecom providers into the brave new world of cloud-based services.
The partnership was among a horde of announcements put forth by Ericsson today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (not to mention the swarm that came before MWC). It’s less about telcos competing with AWS and more about them coming to AWS, looking to exploit cloud infrastructure just as enterprises have started doing.
That’s a trend that’s emerged in the last year or so, said Terry Wise, vice president of AWS’ partner ecosystem, on stage at today’s Ericsson event. Service providers have been asking how they can “bring this innovation and augment [their] infrastructure,” he said.
The partnership will have Ericsson taking the lead with customers, giving telcos access to cloud experts and systems engineers trained specifically on AWS. AWS will provide people as well.
Ericsson also sees the chance for telcos create AWS-related services. For instance, if a customer is using AWS for storage services, someone needs to manage the process for regulatory compliance. Another possible service could be security and traffic management for traffic going between mobile or on-premises networks and the AWS cloud.
It’s part a bigger telecom-evolution picture that Ericsson and other vendors are painting at MWC this week. The presumed rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the acceptance of cloud-based services, and the development of 5G networks all provide carriers with chances to generate new revenue. Alternatively, carriers could lose out to new over-the-top services that take advantage of these developments.
Ericsson, which is broad enough to touch on all of these areas, wants to position itself as the drum major leading telcos to this new and hopefully revenue-generating future. Nokia, which just combined its operations with Alcatel-Lucent’s wouldn’t mind playing that role either.
The Ericsson-AWS partnership will involve the creation of telecom innovation centers. The first of them will be in Australia, with Telstra contributing resources as well. The lab will be hosted in Telstra’s Gurrowa Innovation Lab in Melbourne, Australia.