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Ericsson to Buy NodePrime

By Paula Bernier April 07, 2016

Ericsson has announced plans to buy hyperscale data center enabler NodePrime. The deal, for which the value was not disclosed, will give Ericsson all of the infrastructure management platform provider’s operations and talent in San Francisco.

"Our vision from the start was to transform the infrastructure into a single entity where it's entirely possible to grasp the management of hyperscale data center infrastructure through the collection of trillions of associated metrics inside one view,” said James Malachowski, co-founder and CEO of NodePrime.

NodePrime’s platform works with Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 800 to do analysis, automated configuration, and discovery. Ericsson unveiled its Hyperscale Datacenter System 800 at Mobile World Congress in 2015. This solution, which uses Intel Rack Scale Architecture and an optical interconnect, can greatly improve automation, efficiency, total cost of ownership, and utilization as a result, according to Ericsson.

Intel Rack Scale Architecture disaggregates compute, storage, and network resources. It enables resources to be polled for more efficient use of assets. And it simplifies resource management and allows resources to be composed based on workload demands.

In other recent vendor news around making data centers more efficient, Nokia in February announced it is leveraging the Radisys Media Resource Function for its Telco Cloud solution. The Nokia Telco Cloud includes a variety of offerings, including the AirFrame Data Center solution; the Nokia AirScale Cloud RAN; flexible service chaining; Liquid Core, which helps network operators address unpredictable traffic growth and expedite service time to market; and Cloud wise services, through which Nokia will provide integration, maintenance, and operations services for telco cloud solutions.

While big telecom vendors like Ericsson and Nokia are now talking a lot about hyperscale data centers and introducing new solutions on this front, the over-the-top players Amazon, Facebook, and Google really got the hyperscale data center ball rolling when they launched their own initiatives in this realm. For example, as I reported last month, Facebook started the networking side of its Open Compute Project back in 2013.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Executive Editor, TMC

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