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Dell EMC Rack Scale Infrastructure Targets Service Providers’ SDDCs – SDxCentral

Dell EMC said CenturyLink, Sprint, and Telefonica are among the first customers for its “hyperscale-inspired” rack scale infrastructure geared toward carriers and service providers.

The new DSS 9000 provides compute, storage, networking, power, cooling, and open management in a preintegrated rack. It’s scalable up to 96 nodes with Intel Xeon scalable processors.

The product targets carriers and service providers moving toward software-defined data centers (SDDCs) as they pursue 5G wireless networks, Internet of Things (IoT), and other big-data driven technologies, according to Dell EMC. The company calls the rack scale infrastructure “similar to what the largest hyperscale cloud companies employ.”

It is built around Open Compute Project specifications and certified OCP-Inspired. Management of the DSS 9000 is based on the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Redfish specification, an open industry standard that allows disaggregation.

CenturyLink chose the product to build its public and private clouds. This provides “a consistent and reliable experience for customers who have both public and private cloud needs,” said David Shacochis, vice president of hybrid IT product management at CenturyLink, in a statement.

Sprint is using the rack scale infrastructure to test its new C3PO open source project. C3PO — which stands for CUPS [control and user plane separation] for packet optimization — is Sprint’s network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN)-based mobile core reference architecture. It is designed to improve performance of the network.

Additionally, Telefónica is testing the Dell EMC product to support future networks based on NFV and SDN technologies as part of its Unica network virtualization program. Antonio Elizondo, network virtualization senior manager at Telefόnica Systems and Network Global Direction, said the company selected the DSS 9000 in part because it’s built on open networking principles.

The DSS 9000 will be available to carriers and service providers in the Americas in October and in other regions worldwide in Dell EMC’s fiscal fourth quarter.

Earlier this week Dell EMC and IBM announced a deal under which Dell EMC will resell VMware services on IBM Cloud to its commercial customers.

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