New Enhancements to Wind River Studio Prioritize Automation and Scalability for CSPs

By Alex Passett March 07, 2024

Today’s communications service providers (CSPs) looking to transition to 5G cloud Radio Access Network (RAN) solutions are facing challenges with “hosting virtualized and containerized network functions on highly complex, distributed, and heterogeneous telco cloud deployments,” says Wind River, a global deliverer of software for mission-critical intelligent systems. These networks, as Wind River (News - Alert) notes, require up-to-date skills for automation, management and scalability in order to “realize the full potential of service-based 5G architecture,” and increased automation and standardization will be key so this can, indeed, be fully realized.

This is why Wind River recently announced enhancements to its Wind River Studio, which already delivers an integrated cloud platform that unifies infrastructure, orchestration, and analytics capabilities for deploying and managing intelligent 5G edge networks worldwide. These specific enhancements are reportedly designed to improve the aforementioned; namely, automation at scale. This will support CSPs’ growth strategies when it comes to 5G-enabled services at the edge.

That’s the long-story-short of it. Additional details include:

  • Wind River Studio Cloud Platform upgrade time that is 50% faster, as well as Kubernetes upgrade time that is 65% faster, thus providing customers overall greater operational efficiencies
  • Increased automation, enabling unified and intent-driven capabilities to upgrade Studio components, storage systems, and Kubernetes
  • Massive reductions in upgrade campaign durations due to centrally managed upgrade/update parallelization across the entire network
  • Validation, audit, and oversight capabilities that ensure both the infrastructure and environment are ready to accept a deployment, update or upgrade in order to eliminate avoidable deployment and update failures
  • Energy efficiency advancements; these range from finer granularity with per CPU per core power settings and new power metrics visualization available to third-party cloud-native network function (CNF) and Studio application, unlocking new analytic and configuration capabilities that optimize power usage

As described by Paul Miller (News - Alert), Wind River’s CTO:

“There is growing demand for support for increased speed, bandwidth, and ultra-low latency to process 5G-enabled services at the intelligent edge. Automation at scale is becoming a necessary reality for operators to meet these requirements effectively. To address customers’ intensifying needs around deployment and upgrade automation, our latest enhancements for Wind River Studio can dramatically reduce upgrade and maintenance times while creating new opportunities for parallel operations in an increasingly hands-off manner. Additionally, operators can better optimize their power usage to enjoy new energy efficiencies.”

For more info about Wind River’s expertise in telecommunications, read here.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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