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From smartphones and tabledollars to computers and smart TVs, all connected devices have helped us keep our connection to the old normal and become a window to the world. At the same time, it has also ensured that people’s connections with each other are maintained during the height of the Pandemic.

This connection, which ensures that people are not separated from each other, also created a bridge between machines and servicedollarser, giving strength to important sectors and companies. From factories feeding the global supply chain to emergency services adapting to growing demand, being connected was even more critical than the “digital transformation” process.

Modern network infrastructure like 5G and edge computing that keeps us connected and keeps us connected during the pandemic does more than just transfer data from point A to point B. They’re also flexible, scalable, and designed to handle complex demands from main data centers to the most remote borders.

Backed by a cloud-native foundation, some built on Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies, Verizon is claiming leadership for more agile connectivity and capacity.

Years ago, service providers were developing extensive, centralized networks using custom-built hardware and internal and closed-source software. This required operators to depend on only some vendors within the entire industry. As demand increased, so did the need for a better way to grow and evolve, as did the complexities.

Leaders like Verizon also had to use open source and cloud-native technologies in this case. Innovation was required to meet the demand placed on communication networks, and it would be difficult and slower to innovate using only closed code. Open source provides a common “language” that all members of an operator’s partner ecosystem can speak, enabling new ways of integration and collaboration that limit complexity while fostering innovation.

The core of modern network operations, Verizon’s 5G core is the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform.Red Hat OpenShift

It is being built on the foundation of . According to Red Hat CTO Chris Wright, OpenShift provides a containerized infrastructure that helps Verizon advance 5G and edge computing innovation without increasing complexity. More operationally agile containers make it faster to implement changes through “contained” code, reducing the impact on the wider environment.

Scaling up is essential to provide central processing power, but what happens when latency is also a critical factor for an application? Millisecond differences can tell the difference between success and failure. That’s why Verizon’s next-generation Core efforts are driving a cloud environment that extends to the farthest reaches of the network.

With edge computing closer to users, Verizon is extending its processing power and 5G core beyond the data center, enabling innovative applications to deliver the intended experience. It also makes room for new emerging workloads that can realize new customer engagement opportunities, including advanced analytics, artificial intelligence/learning machines (AI/ML), augmented reality, and more.

The power and scale of Verizon’s next-generation network is provided not just by a single vendor, but by an entire ecosystem of partners, united around open standards and built on a common platform. Open source and connectivity come together here. At the most basic level, open source powers integration, and Verizon can deliver innovative applications and services without having to divide resources and time to protect the core layers.

Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies provide Verizon’s partners such as IBM and Intel with an infrastructure foundation to support many solutions. Built on open source, this ecosystem allows Verizon to use hardware and software that meet specific scale or flexibility needs without having to worry about compatibility or integration. The open source that powers today’s network also lays the foundation for the network of the future.

Chris Wright shares his inspiration for working with Verizon, which is helping the world stay connected during challenging times and preparing the world for 5G and beyond.

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