Ericsson to form alliance with AWS to spur cloud adoption

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Ericsson announced plans to form a global business, technology and services alliance with Amazon Web Services.

The companies’ efforts are aimed to accelerate cloud adoption through cloud transformation programs, data center consolidation and application migration.

As part of this announcement, Ericsson will create a global team of experts focused on the AWS Cloud and opening cloud innovation centers with customers.  The company asserted that AWS is supporting Ericsson in this effort.

Ericsson will contribute expertise from its 25,000 R&D engineers and 66,000-person service workforce – more than 17,000 of whom are consultants and systems integrators, delivering 1,500 projects per year around the world.

Moreover, Ericsson will establish cloud innovation centers with service providers. It has already started work with Australian operator Telstra, who will host the first cloud innovation center in their Gurrowa Innovation Lab in Melbourne, Australia.

Vish Nandlall, Chief Technology Officer, Telstra said: “The industry is shifting towards an architecture driven by cloud economics and flexibility. Adoption of hybrid clouds requires a secure transmission network linking on-premises to the cloud to provide a chain of custody for mission critical enterprise data.”

“Telstra’s vision is to build a trusted network service for mission critical cloud data, and we are excited to explore the opportunity of bringing this vision to life with Ericsson and AWS,” Nandlall added.