Platform9 and Mavenir to use containerization for 5G services

March 04, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Platform9 and Mavenir to accelerate 5G services rollout
Kubernetes-based containerization will play a pivotal role in building out cloud and edge systems for open and scalable 5G networks.

Maveni and Platform9 have announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the rollout of 5G services. As part of the partnership, Mavenir intends to leverage Platform9's Kubernetes product to deliver a robust web-scale platform that runs containerized cloud-native network functions. Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) is a SaaS managed offering, providing the simplest tool to manage all your complex Kubernetes needs, anywhere – on-premises, in public clouds or at the edge.

Mavenir has integrated Telco PaaS (Platform as a Service) that it contributed to Opensource XGVela on top of the Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) to meet the requirements of OpenRAN and other telco workloads. PMK is also an option for Mavenir's Private Networks deployments. The open-source and cloud-native capabilities of the platform provide the scale, velocity and agility sought by service providers as they roll out their next generation 5G networks.

Kubernetes is ideally suited for building scalable 5G networks at the edge by running on vendor-neutral hardware and providing open-source orchestration. Based on open interfaces and community-developed standards, Kubernetes avoids the vendor lock-in and lack of flexibility resulting from incumbent proprietary solutions and emerging software/cloud products offered by the large providers.

"With the advent of 5G, there's a cloud touch to the service provider's network and ecosystem. It represents an evolution of a cloud-native software platform that offers competitive and differentiated services for many customers," said Mavenir Chief Strategy Officer, Bejoy Pankajakshan. "We see several use cases for 5G – low latency communications, machine-to-machine communications, AR/VR, IoT, among others. Containerization and effective management of edge infrastructure, resources, applications and services is a critical aspect of success in these markets."

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