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Dell EMC Highlights Telcos Using DSS 9000

September 15, 2017

Dell EMC says it is helping such service providers at CenturyLink and Telefonica expedite their move to software-defined data centers by supplying them with the DSS 9000.

The Dell EMC DSS 9000 is an open and agile rack solution that promises to reduce service provider total cost of ownership by up to 27 percent over five years. This pre-integrated rack leverages such standards as DMTF Redfish and Intel Rack Scale Design, is optimized for multiple workloads, and allows for disaggregated hardware resources, according to Dell EMC.

"Carriers and service providers need hyperscale-inspired infrastructure to balance the need to innovate at the speed of business while spending less," said James Mouton, senior vice president of Extreme Scale Infrastructure at Dell EMC. "With the DSS 9000, we are leveraging our 10 years of experience working with industry titans to make it easier to purchase, optimize, deploy, manage and service infrastructure at scale."

International Data Corp. on Sept. 12 published its Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, which reports that the worldwide server market increased 6.3 percent year over eyar to $15.7 billion in the second quarter of this year. That was following several slow quarters as much of the market waited for Intel’s Skylake processors to hit the market, IDC said.

“Hyperscales as a group made a large deployment push in the second quarter, led by Amazon, which alone accounted for more than 10 percent of server units shipping in the quarter,” sayd Kuba Stolarski, resarch director of computing platforms at IDC.

Amazon, Facebook, and Google have been the key companies responsible for pioneering the use of open technologies in data centers and the move to hyperscale data center facilities. For example, Facebook partnered with Andy Bechtolsheim, Goldman Sachs, Intel, and Rackspace a few years ago to launch the Open Compute Project to make server hardware an open source option.  Recognizing the benefits of OCP, communications services providers like AT&T, DT, Orange, SK Telecom, and Verizon then wanted to get involved with OCP. And then many in the supplier community, like Cisco, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, and Nokia, did too.

The telcos and the supplier community have also been working Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center, or CORD. This concept combines the cloud, commodity infrastructure, NFV, open building blocks, and SDN to bring the agility of the cloud and the economies of scale found in the data center to service provider networks. That spans from the equipment at the home or office customer premises, to the access part of the network, to the telco’s central office.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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