Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), along with Intel and Red Hat, announced telco products that target telecommunications operators’ central offices. The new systems, based on commodity hardware and open, software-defined architectures, will help operators meet performance and low-latency demands of 5G applications, according to the vendors.
Last October, QCT and Intel launched new data center infrastructure called Rackgo R. These systems are based on the Intel Rack Scale Design (RSD) software framework, which disaggregates compute, storage, and network resources. They run on QCT hardware and use QCT management software that allows operators to spin up or spin down compute or storage resources within the same data center as workloads change.
The new telco products, unveiled today at QCT’s Central Office 2.0 event in San Jose, California, build on the October launch. They aim to further extend the benefits of disaggregation and composable infrastructure to communication service providers’ central offices, said Mike Yang, president of QCT in a statement.
“QCT’s long-term collaboration with Intel and Red Hat now extends to the telco space,” he said. “With our partners, we directly address emerging requirements in the telco market with an optimized NFVI [network functions virtualization infrastructure] platform that supports carrier-grade infrastructures and delivers a practical software-defined networking solution for disaggregating the control and data plane and providing performance consistency on IA [Intel architecture]-based systems.”
The products include:
QxStack NFV Infrastructure with Red Hat OpenStack Platform: These systems run on QCT hardware powered by Intel Xeon processors. They come with Red Hat’s Linux-based OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage built in, and use QCT’s QxStack software to automate NFV deployments.
QCT Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) Ready Rack: QCT collaborated with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) to build this CORD-ready pod with Intel processors. CORD uses white-box hardware and open source software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV software to bring data center economics and cloud agility to the telco central office. This product is preconfigured and prevalidated, which means operators don’t have to build their own CORD platforms.
QCT Rackgo R Vertical Integration with OpenStack: This is the Intel RSD-based product launched in October with added auto-deployment and auto-scaling specifically for telcos.