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Dell Supports Telecommunications Industry Transformation with Industry Partnerships, Leadership in Network Functions Virtualization and New Data Center Offerings

Dell today announced it’s extending its collaboration with Red Hat announced in December 2013 to jointly engineer OpenStack-based NFV and SDN solutions for the telecom market segment. Dell is also collaborating with Calsoft Labs, an Alten Group company, to deliver NFV and SDN solutions that include the latest Dell OEM products.

In addition, Dell shared it has taken the leadership role in CloudNFV, a consortium focused on demonstrating and implementing an open, cloud-based NFV model to further support transformation within the telecommunications industry. To enable faster time to market while helping lower costs and boost profitability, Dell also unveiled new server and storage solutions specifically customized for Dell OEM telecommunications customers. Lastly, as Dell continues to focus on its commitment to customer success, Dell announced a Dell OEM Solutions customer win with Aculab.

Network Functions Virtualization

Dell understands the myriad of technology challenges facing telecommunications companies today, including the necessity to integrate multiple proprietary hardware appliances and lack of operational flexibility and service delivery agility. Dell believes NFV can help solve those issues and transform the telecommunications industry by utilizing an open, disaggregated, cloud-based and data-driven approach. For those reasons, Dell became a founding member of CloudNFV, a consortium to develop, test and implement a cloud-based NFV model. Dell, specifically Dell Research, is leading the CloudNFV group, continuing the company’s long history of championing open and standard solutions to provide customers with choice and consistency across multiple technologies. To complement Dell server and storage offerings, Dell Networking has been shipping SDN-enabled networking fabric products and solutions to enterprises, forming a solid basis for NFV solutions.

Dell is taking its focus on NFV and SDN a step further by collaborating with industry partners including Red Hat and Calsoft Labs to help telcos capitalize on these transformative technology approaches.

  • Dell is extending its co-engineering agreement with Red Hat announced in December 2013 to include NFV and SDN solutions built specifically for the telecom segment to help operators increase infrastructure agility and reduce costs. Dell and Red Hat will also offer solutions based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform to better enable scalable, open infrastructures so operators can focus on driving innovation with new telecom services instead of worrying about infrastructure logistics. The Dell-Red Hat collaboration combines Dell’s scalable, end-to-end solutions and services with Red Hat’s open-source software and intelligent systems to create a high-performance, cost-effective, and flexible infrastructure foundation so telecommunications companies can transform their business and gain a competitive advantage.
  • Calsoft Labs, an Alten Group company, is collaborating with Dell as a value-added reseller (VAR) and systems integrator to deliver NFV and SDN solutions that include the latest Dell OEM products. Calsoft Labs offers a suite of high-performance virtual network functions (VNFs), OpenStack-based NFV orchestration framework and professional services for staging VNFs in a telco datacenter and integration with service delivery platforms, service roll-out management and operations support. Calsoft Labs utilizes Dell PowerEdge products based on the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family to offer unmatched scalability, expandability and NEBS-certified reliability with Dell’s established, high-ranking services and support. Together, Dell and Calsoft Labs will offer complete NFV solutions comprising hardware, software and systems integration services to telecom operators worldwide working to virtualize network functions as part of their network transformation initiatives.

Data Center Solutions

Taking advantage of Dell OEM Solutions’ global reach and end-to-end capabilities, telecommunications companies can bring their intellectual property to market faster and ultimately help lower operational expenses, increase profitability and simplify operations. Dell OEM solutions for telecommunications blends certified reliability and cost-effective components for high volume environments. Pre-configured storage and servers are based on open standards to help maximize compatibility, scalability and expandability for the highest possible level of stability. New server and storage solutions include:

  • Dell PowerEdge R420xr server – The new ruggedized server is the latest addition to the catalog of Dell OEM solutions optimized for telecommunications customers. The two-socket server is repackaged in a hardened, short depth 1U enclosure. The PowerEdge R420xr is ideally suited for harsh environments including telecommunications and oil and gas companies. It is also being validated against MIL-STD-810G specifications.
  • Dell PowerVault MD3400, MD3800 and MD3960 families – Dell also previewed next generation and new cost-effective entry level storage arrays and expansion enclosures, delivering improved connectivity and performance to enable telecommunications and other industries to operate more effectively. Select configurations of the MD3460 and MD3860 arrays offer up to twice the performance of the prior generation1 and the ability to scale with flexible options in drive types and connectivity protocols to provide customers with versatile solutions to help manage their data.


  • The Dell PowerEdge R420xr ruggedized server will be available to OEMs in spring 2014. The Dell PowerVault MD3400, MD3800 and MD3960 series will be available in spring 2014.
  • The co-engineered Dell-Red Hat OpenStack-based NFV and SDN solutions are expected to be available in 2014.
  • Calsoft Lab NFV and SDN solutions are available today.
Published Monday, February 24, 2014 6:50 AM by David Marshall
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