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SUSE adaptive telco infrastructure platform leverages edge computing for network flexibility

SUSE adaptive telco infrastructure platform leverages edge computing for network flexibility

SUSE has partnered with several European telco operators, including Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia and Telefonica, to build an adaptive telco infrastructure platform. The platform provides enterprise-grade flexibility to optimize the network infrastructure for mobile and fixed networks. The collaborative solution integrates Linux, Kubernetes, security and management tools into a customizable platform.

The SUSE Adaptive Telco Infrastructure Platform (ATIP) is built on edge computing technologies for fast and easy incorporation into pre-existing networking systems, according to the company. The company further explains that the platform offers a customizable solution to improve telco performance and simplify operations at a large scale. Its modularity and flexibility support future cloud frameworks, including the Linux Foundation Europe’s Sylva project.

“The future of the telecom infrastructure is fast-moving and often difficult to predict. Telecom operators are looking for flexible solutions to modernize their existing networks, help rollout 5G networks quickly and adopt open frameworks, such as Open RAN, while navigating disaggregation of their networks,” said Keith Basil, the edge general manager at SUSE.

The platform delivers lightweight Kubernetes distribution for resource-constrained devices. The company says that the integrated Linux can support containers and microservices for its optimized use in edge applications. The end-to-end security spans from the applications to the operating system. The modularity design allows the vendor to include necessary modules and remove unused ones.

To ease the operations efforts for large-scale systems, the SUSE adaptive telco infrastructure platform uses Rancher Prime. According to the company, this Kubernetes management solution delivers a robust user experience. The solution can allow users to deploy thousands of Kubernetes clusters through a unified management platform. The company says that zero-touch integration of edge devices reduces the demand for in-house technical expertise.

“ATIP has a flexible and adaptable infrastructure that future-proofs next-generation networks to support novel applications and use cases expected to arise from 5G, multi-access edge computing and general edge computing. With ATIP, our telecom customers will thrive in a highly competitive environment,” Basil added.

Last fall, SUSE expanded the capabilities of its Linux Enterprise Micro, Rancher and NeuVector products. SUSE Edge 2.0 features cloud-native edge management and comprehensive security across the entire stack, from applications to Kubernetes to operating systems. With the upgrades included in this solution, SUSE said customers can expand and ramp up their edge infrastructure capabilities.

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