Ericsson becomes Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation

Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:34am EDT

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*Ericsson has been accepted as a Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation
*Ericsson enters into close relationships with the OpenStack Foundation and other companies that
actively promote the OpenStack standard
*Through its product offerings and R&D investments in OpenStack, Ericsson demonstrates its firm
commitment to building telecom-grade cloud computing solutions in an open-standard environment
*Ericsson brings OpenStack into telecom networks, enabling flexible application development where
networks and data centers will share the same execution environment

At the OpenStack Summit, taking place from April 15-18, the OpenStack Foundation's Board of
Directors approved Ericsson's (NASDAQ: ERIC) application to become a Gold Member of the
cloud-computing organization, based its firm commitment to the community - a commitment it has
demonstrated with its specific product offerings and R&D investment. 

At Ericsson, cloud technology is regarded as one of the key enablers of the Networked Society.
Telecom networks are soon to benefit from cloud technology and all the related business, which
boosts innovation, efficiency and time-to-market. 

Ericsson believes in open standards, which help to create a mass market and scope for open
innovation. With networks built on open cloud standards, the road is open towards new ways of
building networks. Such standards also enable the speedy introduction of new services. These are
the reasons for Ericsson's commitment to OpenStack, and for its selection of the technology for
product offerings. 

OpenStack is the standard chosen for the virtualization layer of the Ericsson Cloud System. This
solution will open up telecom networks for flexible application development where networks and
data centers will share the same execution environment.

Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation, says: "With a large, established
customer base of telco operators and strong product and R&D commitment to OpenStack, we welcome
Ericsson to the OpenStack Foundation as a new Gold Member. Companies like Ericsson have the
ability to help drive adoption of OpenStack and expand our footprint of large scale carriers

Jan Färjh, Vice President, Head of Standardization and Industry for the Ericsson Group, says;
"Operator networks need to evolve to enable distribution of cloud capabilities across the entire
network and to allow introduction of new functions in the network, in a flexible way. The
OpenStack-based Cloud Execution Environment is our open platform for operators, which brings us
closer to fulfilling our vision of the Networked Society."

Ericsson is the world leader in mobile network infrastructure, with a 35 per cent global market
share in 2012. With its long experience and know-how in the network-operator market segment,
Ericsson will bring new opportunities to OpenStack and increase its addressable market.


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the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live
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