Dell Readies Hyperscale-Style Infrastructure for Carriers
"Old ideas won't work—it's time for something new," he wrote. "In order to stay competitive, carriers and service providers are moving from legacy systems to next-generation infrastructure, and are being influenced by hyperscale architectures based on open designs. Dell understands this path given our long history of working with the largest cloud giants. … This customer segment has carrier cloud services at the top of the list of strategic interests, is moving from fixed appliances to NFVs [network-functions virtualization] running on x86 hardware, and is showing a preference for hyperscale hardware and rack-scale solutions." Dell has made a smart move with its DSS business, according to Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy. When the company began its DCS business, the Googles and Facebooks were working more with OEMs like Dell, but over the past decade, these hyperscale players began doing more hardware and software development in-house. However, there are thousands of large companies that don't have the financial or technical resources to everything themselves, but also don't want to buy strictly off-the-shelf products, Moorhead told eWEEK. At the same time, many of these sub-hyperscale businesses are being run by former executives from the Web-scale companies, and are looking to get the same computing capabilities that they had while at Amazon or eBay. "For people like telcos, they're not made for rolling your own," he said, adding that with the DSS group, "Dell will do this in a way that other OEMs can't touch."