Hewlett Packard Enterprise Launches Platform to Unleash Real-Time Processing at the Telecommunications Edge

HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System enables data-intensive,
low-latency telecommunications services, based on open standards and
advanced remote manageability

Packard Enterprise
(HPE) today announced the HPE Edgeline EL8000
Converged Edge System to help communication service providers (CSP)
capitalize on data-intensive, low-latency services for media delivery,
connected mobility, and smart cities. The new system enables CSPs to
process vast amounts of data in real time directly at the edge, based on
open standards to boost flexibility and reduce costs. HPE also announced
collaborations with Samsung and Tech Mahindra to accelerate CSPs 5G
adoption, leveraging the HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System to
deploy the next generation of edge-centric virtual 5G applications.

IDC forecasts that more than 150 billion devices will be connected
across the globe by 2025, most of which will be creating data in real
time. As a result, IDC predicts real-time data to represent nearly 30
percent of the Global Datasphere by 2025. Estimated to be 33 zettabytes
in 2018, IDC forecasts the Global Datasphere to grow to 175 zettabytes
by 2025. [1]

To deliver new services that tap into this massive growth of real-time
data, CSPs must transform their telecommunications network edge towards
standard IT systems and software-defined architectures, such as virtual
radio access networks (vRAN) and virtual cable modem termination systems
(vCMTS). The open-standards based HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge
System was therefore developed as a cost effective replacement for CSPs’
current proprietary edge systems, with enhanced performance and
versatility for data-intensive real-time digital services. Additionally,
the HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System’s unique design delivers
high performance and ultra-low latency for the most demanding use cases,
including media streaming, IoT, artificial intelligence, and video
analytics, in a compact and ruggedized form factor, equipped with
edge-optimized serviceability and remote systems management.

CSPs have come a long way in virtualizing their networks. As this
continues, the distribution of converged communications and compute
capacity throughout the network will accelerate lower costs and improve
said Dr. Tom Bradicich, Vice President and General
Manager, Converged Servers, Edge and IoT Systems, HPE.The HPE
Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System delivers the capabilities of
closed proprietary systems and more, but on an open-standards platform,
combined with proven data-center class IT.”

Designed for the real-life challenges of the telecommunications
network edge

The massive growth of data volumes requires that CSPs deploy
high-performance edge systems in their cell sites, often in remote and
harsh environments. Moreover, this infrastructure must support many
workload and quality-of-service requirements for which tailored slices
of the network are employed. The HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge
System delivers an unprecedented combination of capabilities to meet
these challenges, including:

  • Compact and ruggedized design optimized for harsh cell-site
    – Exceeding the requirements of industry standards NEBS
    and ASHRAE class 3 and 4, the system is resistant against hazardous
    environmental influences like heat, shock and vibration, as well as
    failover, supporting continuous operation between 0 and 55 degrees
    Celsius. The system can run rack mounted or stand-alone in any space
    available, with either a front-to-back and back-to-front cooling
  • Low-latency, high-performance system design powers
    data-intensive applications at the edge
    – The single-socket
    design, equipped with high-end Intel® Xeon®
    Scalable Processors, reduces latency and energy consumption. System
    components can be combined, scaled and hot-swapped to meet changing
    demands, supporting, among others, NVIDIA® Tesla®
    GPUs, FPGAs from Intel and Xilinx, NICs from Intel or Mellanox, up to
    1.5TB of memory and 16TB of storage.
  • Modular blade and chassis options for use-case flexibility
    With a range of depth and width options for blades and chassis, the
    system can be flexibly configured and scaled to meet new or changing
    use-case requirements. The flexible design allows CSPs to extend
    small- and micro-cell deployments, ensuring that cellular coverage can
    keep pace with increasing numbers of connected devices.
  • One-click provisioning and remote systems management ensures
    continuous availability and performance in far-flung cell-sites

    HPE’s proven HPE iLO 5 technology and the newly developed chassis
    manager software enable remote provisioning, ongoing system health
    monitoring, updates, and management of HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged
    Edge Systems across thousands of cell sites, from cell towers to oil
    rigs, without needing IT expertise on site.

Collaboration between HPE and Intel has resulted in this versatile
platform for network transformation at the edge,”
said Sandra L.
Rivera, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Platforms
Group, Intel. Powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors and based on
open standards, the HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System will
enable high performance, flexible and intelligent networks that are
required to deliver high bandwidth and low latency for edge and 5G

HPE collaborates with Samsung and Tech Mahindra to drive
transformation of the network edge

To help CSPs accelerate their 5G transformation, HPE and Samsung
Electronics Corporation (SEC) are collaborating to provide a joint
edge-to-core vRAN commercial solution based on Samsung’s radio network
technologies and system integration services, and the HPE Edgeline
EL8000 Converged Edge System.

Samsung and HPE combine their strengths in radio networks, edge
systems, and telecommunications infrastructure to drive the change
towards a standard-IT based and software-defined network edge,”
Wonil Roh, Vice President, Head of Technology Strategy at Samsung
Network Business.The HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System will
play a key role in Samsung’s challenge to evolve our customers’ networks
with 5G vRAN demanding intense low-latency.”

While some CSPs aim to deploy 5G from 2020 onwards, others may not be
able to do so for a few years, potentially leaving entire regions
without 5G coverage. As part of this interim process CSPs are turning to
multi-access edge computing (MEC) software, which delivers many of the
benefits of 5G, but using 4G LTE infrastructure. For this reason, HPE is
collaborating with Tech Mahindra, a global leader in MEC software, to
deliver MEC solutions based on the HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge

Our collaboration with HPE and the introduction of the HPE Edgeline
EL8000 Converged Edge System is a major step for driving a fast and
smooth transformation towards open standards at the edge in the Telco
and Comms marketplace,”
said Karthikeyan Natarajan, Global Head,
Engineering, IoT & Enterprise Mobility, Tech Mahindra
. As a
leader in Telco and Comms software and services, Tech Mahindra sees HPE
as ideally positioned to help us deliver significantly improved user
experiences, particularly through the often-uneven transformation from
4G to 5G.”

The HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System will be showcased at
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 25-28, 2019, and will be on
display at both HPE’s and Samsung’s booths.


The HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System will be available
worldwide from June 2019.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a global technology leader focused on
developing intelligent solutions that allow customers to capture,
analyze and act upon data seamlessly from edge to cloud. HPE enables
customers to accelerate business outcomes by driving new business
models, creating new customer and employee experiences, and increasing
operational efficiency today and into the future.

[1] IDC
White Paper: ‘Data Age 2025, The Digitization of the World From Edge to
Core’ sponsored by Seagate, November 2018


Patrik Edlund, HPE
+49 7031 450 24 63

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