Adoption of Cloud Native Is Increasing, but What Will the Journey Look Like?

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By Kangrui Ling | 3Q 2021 | IN-6219


2021 Marks the Year of Serious Public Cloud Deployments


The telco industry has recently been ramping up on public cloud deployments. Recent developments include DISH’s deployment of its core and Open RAN network on AWS (announced April 2021), Ericsson partnering with AWS to deploy its BSS portfolio on the public cloud (announced May 2021), AT&T announcing deployment of its 5G core on Azure in July, and Rakuten’s fully cloud-native and multivendor platform announcing its first customer early this year. These developments also mark a bold step forward towards adopting a cloud-native environment for Communication Service Providers (CSPs).

Cloud native is a concept that is considered by the telco industry as the next step in the evolution of building their telco stack and is crucial in realizing the full benefits of 5G. Cloud native is less of a technology and more of a method of building applications. It includes DevOps that integrate software development and IT operations with automation, introduces Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines, leverages on microservice architectur…

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