Wind River Introduces Kubernetes-Based Cloud-Native Platform for 5G vRAN | Light Reading

Wind River Introduces Kubernetes-Based Cloud-Native Platform for 5G vRAN | Light Reading

SAN DIEGO — KubeCon — Wind River, a leader in delivering software for the intelligent edge, today announced Wind River Cloud Platform, a high performance, production grade Kubernetes-based offering for managing edge cloud infrastructure. Optimized for the network edge, the platform addresses the service provider’s complex challenges of deploying and managing a physically distributed, cloud native vRAN infrastructure.

“Telecommunication infrastructure has been evolving from vertically integrated, monolithic solutions to disaggregated technology based on virtualization and the cloud. Existing cloud infrastructure is unable to meet the new edge compute requirements applications that 5G, IoT and MEC introduce,” said Paul Miller, vice president of Telecommunications at Wind River. “Wind River Cloud Platform’s revolutionary capabilities make 5G possible by solving the problem of deploying and managing distributed networks and is an ideal match to service providers’ need for an operationally friendly, edge capable, multi-thousand node cloud. This new technology can become a defacto standard for production grade, distributed cloud infrastructure.”

Cloud Platform leverages the OpenStack Foundation’s open source project StarlingX to deliver the foundation for a geographically distributed managed solution able to simplify day1 and day2 operations by providing Single Pane of Glass (SPoG), zero-touch automated management of thousands of nodes, no matter their physical location. The platform provides orchestration of fully automated software updates and upgrades across a geo-distributed cloud, with rollback capabilities. Unlike enterprise-class IT platforms, Cloud Platform is an out-of-the-box open source solution designed specifically for edge compute that delivers ultra-low latency with deterministic performance. This is critical for high availability, performance sensitive 5G virtualized radio infrastructure, as well as advanced applications such as autonomous vehicles.

Cloud Platform scales from a single compute node at the network edge to enable ultra-low cost deployments, up to thousands of nodes to meet the needs of high value applications as they grow. Remote nodes can survive control plane disconnection and continue to operate and re-synchronize upon reconnection. All control functions can exist at all sites. Remote sites can be zero-touch enrolled and replicated across thousands of sites with fully automated deployment of known-good configurations.

Cloud Platform’s common virtualization architecture can enable service providers to create a single approach to cloud infrastructure across far edge, near edge, regional and core data center site elements within a planned 5G deployment topology. The distributed infrastructure can be managed as a single high availability cloud, and do so with both containers and VMs co-existing seamlessly.

Wind River Systems Inc.

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