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Wind River introduces Kubernetes-based cloud platform

Wind River has announced the Wind River Cloud Platform, a Kubernetes-based offering for managing edge cloud infrastructure.

Wind River says the platform is optimised for the network edge and addresses the complex challenges service providers face in deploying and managing a physically distributed, cloud native vRAN infrastructure.

“Telecommunication infrastructure has been evolving from vertically integrated, monolithic solutions to disaggregated technology based on virtualisation and the cloud. Existing cloud infrastructure is unable to meet the new edge compute requirements that applications such as 5G, IoT, and MEC introduce,” said Paul Miller, vice president of telecommunications at Wind River.

“Wind River Cloud Platform’s revolutionary capabilities make 5G possible by solving the problem of deploying and managing distributed networks and is an ideal match to service providers’ need for an operationally friendly, edge capable, multi-thousand node cloud. This new technology can become a de facto standard for production grade, distributed cloud infrastructure.”

The cloud platform makes use of the OpenStack Foundation’s open source project StarlingX to deliver the foundation for a geographically distributed managed solution able to simplify Day 1 and Day 2 operations by providing single-pane–of-glass (SPoG), zero-touch automated management of thousands of nodes, no matter their physical location.

The platform provides orchestration of fully automated software updates and upgrades across a geo-distributed cloud, with rollback capabilities. Unlike enterprise-class IT platforms, the cloud platform is an out-of-the-box open source solution designed specifically for edge compute that delivers ultra-low latency with deterministic performance. This is critical for high-availability, performance sensitive 5G virtualised radio infrastructure, as well as advanced applications such as autonomous vehicles.

“Wind River has been a long-standing contributor to open source projects. We are excited to have Wind River as a member of CNCF and we look forward to their contributions and collaboration to drive container technology to the edge,” added Dan Kohn, executive director of Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “With Wind River Cloud Platform, Wind River is helping to further advance technologies such as Kubernetes at the edge.”

Charlotte Hathway

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