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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Accelerates RAN Deployments with Automation and Simplified Management for both Open and Traditional Networks

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise  announced HPE RAN Automation, a service management and orchestration solution that provides multi-vendor management and automation for any Radio Access Network (RAN) and helps communications service providers increase operational efficiency and accelerate deployment. 

This pre-integrated cloud-native solution, delivered as a service, leverages HPE operations support systems and artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) technologies to offer zero-touch management of multi-vendor RAN infrastructure. The solution orchestrates the full life-cycle of both virtual Distributed Units (vDUs) and virtual Centralized Units (vCUs), enabling operators to dynamically configure radio frequency parameters and optimize the use of radio access resources and spectrum.

“While the direction towards the open disaggregated RAN is clear, many operators will have to manage a mixture of existing 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, virtualized RAN and Open RAN solutions over the next few years,” said Tom Craig, VP and GM, HPE Communications Technology Group.

Interest in Open RAN is growing rapidly with the majority of operators either piloting or planning to make significant investments in disaggregated radio access technology over the coming years. Operators are looking to the industry to bring scale and innovation through workload-optimized x86 based hardware, specifically tuned to run virtualized radio access software. In addition, AI-driven management and automation tools will be essential to simplify RAN operations and engineering for the multi-vendor, multi-generational disaggregated RAN.

HPE RAN Automation follows the principles of O-RAN Alliance’s Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) architecture which provides the capability to provision, monitor and operate all layers of the disaggregated RAN from infrastructure to RAN software. Furthermore, continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) practices ensure that HPE RAN Automation is constantly updated according to the latest O-RAN standards and integrates seamlessly with the latest software updates from RAN partners.

“5G is expected to yield more complex network engineering and a myriad of vendor network types, driven by multi-technology and multivendor solutions,” says Ahmad Latif Ali, Associate VP at IDC. “While many operators are still refining their own network transformation and road maps, open network architectures will undeniably play a key role in driving RAN evolution. The creation and development of new RAN ecosystems will be critical for operators with management and orchestration through end-to-end automation becoming a key strategic priority for those CSPs looking to effectively operate their heterogenous environments, consisting of 5G and previous generations of mobile networks deployed across multiple clouds and on traditional physical infrastructure.”

HPE RAN Automation is a key part of the HPE Open RAN Solution Stack and has been validated and optimized for the HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus – Telco server, the industry’s first Open RAN workload optimized server, enabling faster deployment of Open RAN.

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