Red Hat, Samsung push 5G with Kubernetes-based networking

Red Hat is working with Samsung to deliver 5G network solutions built on OpenShift, Red Hat’s enterprise Kubernetes platform, to help service providers realise 5G across use cases, including 5G core, edge computing, IoT, machine learning and more.

According to a Red Hat-sponsored report from ACG Research, open horizontal platforms can lower total cost ownership (TCO) up to 30% when compared to siloed vertically integrated deployments of virtualised radio access networks (vRANs). By taking this horizontal approach, customers have access to more choice and better service.

Aside from Openshift, this collaboration will use Red Hat’s hybrid cloud portfolio including Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage.

In addition, Samsung’s 5G vRAN, vCore, MEC and management and analytics will be used to help service providers extend 5G-based use cases, such as edge computing that can positively impact the customer experience.

Containerised network functions (CNFs) and virtualised network functions (VNFs) provide a path to transformation for modern telcos, leading to greater service flexibility and a faster delivery mechanism for new offerings. As such, Samsung received Red Hat’s vendor validated VNF Certification and plans to have full CNF Certification. 

This is the highest standard for mission-critical network functions on Red Hat OpenShift and verifies that CNF vendors with critical workloads today can effectively prepare their applications for a cloud-native future running in production on Red Hat OpenShift. Customers can more quickly achieve the full capabilities of 5G and edge computing with certified solutions.

“Through this partnership, Samsung 5G solutions will provide a highly efficient and reliable network experience for our customers by integration with Red Hat’s cloud-native solution,” said Wonil Roh, SVP and head of product strategy in networks business at Samsung Electronics.

Red Hat SVP and CTO Chris Wright said that as service providers build 5G networks, they are forming the foundation for the next wave of cross-industry innovation.

“From helping businesses in their edge computing solutions to ensuring enterprises can successfully deploy their artificial intelligence and machine learning applications, we expect these services to be built on a proven, cloud-native infrastructure,” said Wright.