A new major alliance between Red Hat and Ericsson promises new future for Open Source technologies
Just last Wednesday Red Hat and Ericsson announced an alliance in order to speed up adoption of open source solutions in the information and communications technology space. The alliance was created to promote a range of completely open source and production ready solutions for cloud, spanning OpenStack, software defined-networking and in order to meet the demand for products like 5G and the Internet of Things which is constantly growing.
The alliance between the two companies is not surprising considering that they already work together on many different projects, like to bring RHEL and the associated Boss Middleware to Ericsson customers. But the goal at hand is to focus on OpenStack, NFVi, SDN and to bring deployable solutions for mobile networks.
What are the goals of the alliance?
Ericsson's core market has come to grips with open source a long time ago, but it is still a new platform and it can often be too difficult for mobile operators and their suppliers to grasp. It is also a big cultural and technological change to allow open source into the network's core, because till this point they have guarded their secrets extremely carefully.
Red Hat on the other hand makes a smart choice by accepting this collaboration too, because the Swedish company needs to make a quick and easy transmission in the IT world. The longtime goal for the company is to become an IT platform and cloud provider for which it is necessary to embrace open source technologies. Both companies will start creating specific solutions that are required by specific cases, which will be bring many new customers to both companies.
What drove the companies into the Open Source field?
The current business strategy of Red Hat is to repeat the Linux-drives success by creating a service based on new open platforms, so at the moment OpenStack is the company’s main goal. The telecom is a huge target market for the company, but not easy enough to enter on its own and Red Hat has been excluded from it in the past.
Hence why the partnership between Red Hat and Ericsson is so smart, because no matter the troubles it has faced, Ericsson still remains the king of the the mobile network field. This way Red Hat will have a free ticket to enter the telecoms field.
Does Ericsson has anything to lose?
Red hat is not the only company reaping lots of benefits, because Ericsson will now gain OpenStack credibility which is important because big companies like the AT&T are adopting their own OpenStack platforms as the basis of their management initiatives. It will also help to spread the OpenStack knowledge across faster and learn from someone who has already some experience in the field, rather that doing everything on your own which could take too long.
The best part of the alliance though is the fact that now the companies will create solution for real world cased and will focus on solutions for specific issues. It has been made clear that the companies will start developing joint hardware and software combinations for NFV, SDN and SDI as well as offer certification program in order to make sure that interworking was valid.
Supposedly, the key focus of the alliance will be to align their technologies in container as to accelerate adoption across both of their customer bases. Red Hat has had collaborations with other big players in the telecom industry, but the Ericsson alliance is opening a completely new frontier.