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HPE uses automation to accelerate RAN deployments

HPE said the RAN automation solution is ready for demos and early trials

 

Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveiled HPE RAN Automation, a service management and orchestration solution that provides multi-vendor management and automation for any Radio Access Network (RAN).

The company said that this pre-integrated cloud-native solution leverages HPE operations support systems and artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) technologies to offer zero-touch management of multi-vendor RAN infrastructure.

HPE also noted that 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. “The winners will be those who embrace automation and commit to a disaggregated, open, multi-vendor future. Building on our experience gained from one of the largest RAN disaggregation deployments in the industry, HPE RAN Automation provides a pre-integrated, truly open, fully vendor agnostic solution that addresses existing, pure Open RAN and traditional networks. With this latest innovation, we are introducing a zero-touch operational experience to manage the ever-growing complexity, accelerate roll out and optimize multi-vendor radio access networks.”

HPE also said that interest in O-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 and highlighted that AI-driven management and automation tools will be essential to simplify RAN operations.

HPE RAN Automation is delivered as a service on a public or private cloud as a pre-integrated set of capabilities and operated centrally by HPE.

The new offering includes:

-Fully-automated lifecycle management with AI/ML powered assurance –detects anomalies, predict failures, correlate information across the hardware and software layers, perform advanced analytics and send actionable signals to the appropriate components to take action according to the specific use cases.

-A single secure web user interface –allows operators to interact with the different functions of the platform with single sign-on authentication.

-A set of management capabilities across heterogeneous hosting environments, compliant with ETSI specifications –supports operators by providing the ability to onboard and deploy third party RAN vDU and vCU network functions.

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, HPE said.

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.

HPE said the solution is ready for demos and early trials.

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