Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), an Information Technology giant, has introduced an edge system for telecommunications networks, as well as announced a new 5G partnership with Samsung. The collaboration will offer a joint edge-to-core virtual radio access network (vRAN) product rooted in Samsung’s radio network technologies and system integration services, and HPE’s new Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System.
The new Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System focuses communication service providers, and pursues four previous edge products that HPE rolled out in last November. Senior Director of product management, systems R&D and operations, for HPE’s Converged Servers, Edge, and IoT Systems business, Gerald Kleyn said that they are partnering to launch a new platform to take out traffic for data-intensive, low-latency workloads, particularly for the Telco edge. The open standards-based system is aimed to replace current proprietary edge systems, and targets use cases of media streaming, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, and video analytics. The new edge system has a single-socket design and utilizes Intel Xeon Scalable Processors. Its components can be combined, scaled, and hot-swapped to fulfill the demands.
Kleyn pointed out that his company developed security into the system, including the ability to avoid a firmware version if a user found a breach in their network. The system comes in a packed-in and ruggedized form and Kleyn said they shrunk it down to 17-inches deep that means it can go into the smaller footprint locations. The newly launched edge system supports Nvidia Tesla graphics processing units (GPUs); field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from Intel and Xilinx; network interface cards (NICs) from Intel or Mellanox; and up to 1.5 terabytes (TB) of memory and 16 TB of storage.