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Dell Technologies, SK Telecom and VMware join forces in edge computing drive

Collaboration will help customers use private mobility and edge computing to develop new services where data is created in industries such as healthcare, retail and construction.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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January 28, 2021 | 11:46 AM GMT

Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL), SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) and VMware (NYSE: VMW) have entered into a collaboration partnership to develop OneBox MEC, a single box approach that provides enterprises with an integrated, private 5G and edge computing platform.

In a joint statement, the company explained that the OneBox MEC will bring new 5G and edge computing capabilities to enterprises. 

“As a fully integrated solution, it will simplify deployment and operations and deliver reliable and predictable performance via secure connectivity,” the parties said. 

Solutions providers, network functions providers (RAN and Core) and system integrators are expected to use the OneBox MEC to improve latency, reliability and security of IT systems and networks.

A recent STL Partners study, commissioned by Dell Technologies, SK Telecom (SKT), VMware and Intel, has found that 40% of enterprises surveyed had issues with the latency of their current networking solutions. 

For in-hospital, patient monitoring systems, 61% of those surveyed experienced performance issues, and 45% expressed reliability concerns with their current solutions. 

Nearly 70% of architecture, engineering and construction companies did not believe the technology they use today was secure enough.      

David Trigg, vice president of market development at Dell Technologies, said: “Dell Technologies has worked closely with VMware and SK Telecom to develop cloud-native solutions and completed proofs of concept deployments designed to optimise 5G and edge computing content delivery and user experience. 

“With this collaboration, we will deliver 5G-enabled edge computing solutions, to give enterprises new options to quickly act on data where it resides.”

The OneBox MEC will use the Dell EMC PowerEdge XE2420 server for data-intensive, low-latency edge services to deliver the performance, availability and security required for CSPs to build their portfolio of private 5G and edge solutions. 

Coupled with the reliability and scalability of VMware Telco Cloud Platform and SKT’s existing 5GX MEC Platform, the OneBox offering will provide innovative private 5G and MEC services to diverse enterprise customers.

Lakshmi Mandyam, vice president of product management, Telco & Edge Cloud, VMware, said: “The edge is the new frontier for innovation. The platform we are building with Dell Technologies and SKT will help enterprises innovate at the edge with velocity and bring new and exciting experiences to their customers. 

“Our Telco Cloud Platform provides a foundation on top of which enterprises can deliver edge services on any cloud with agility and a consistent experience.”

Also commenting on the news, Lee Dong-kee, vice president and head of 5GX MEC Product at SK Telecom, said: “Through continuous collaboration with Dell Technologies and VMware, we will flawlessly support ultra-low latency services by combining the strengths of 5G and MEC to accelerate innovations for companies in diverse areas including healthcare, retail and construction.”

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