Monday, February 22, 2016

#MWC16: Ericsson Announces a Cloud Connect Alliance with AWS

Ericsson announced  a global business, technology and services alliance with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate cloud transformation for telecoms service providers.

Specifically, Ericsson is creating a global team of experts focused on the AWS Cloud and opening cloud innovation centers with customers, and AWS is supporting Ericsson in this effort.

Telstra is the first Ericsson customer to agree to host a joint cloud innovation center with Ericsson.  The center will be hosted at Telstra's Gurrowa Innovation Lab in Melbourne, Australia.

Ericsson cited several examples of how service providers could use AWS services and expertise :

  • End-to-end security and data traffic management from mobile networks and on-premises infrastructure to the AWS Cloud
  • Trusted cloud and workload management across on-premises infrastructure and the AWS Cloud
  • Gateway services for AWS storage services resident at communications service providers, that help maintain local regulation and compliance requirements

"Service providers are seeing explosive growth due to the rapid adoption of mobile applications and IoT, which is driving the need to think differently about infrastructure and ecosystems. Communications service providers are uniquely positioned to capture the upsides of the cloud adoption wave going on in the market. Ericsson's new Cloud Innovation Centers, leveraging AWS service and expertise, are designed to empower communications service providers to accelerate innovation within their organizations and rapidly achieve the agility and cost optimization benefits of using AWS," stated Terry Wise, Vice President of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

"AWS is the world's leader in cloud computing with a highly-reliable, scalable, and secure global infrastructure. Ericsson has always taken great ideas, industrialized them, and made them available in every country. Building upon AWS' platform, we will drive new growth opportunities across the service provider industry," stated Anders Lindblad, Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP, Ericsson.