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I am convinced that the mountains that are near many Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) facilities inspire the company’s lab and research and development efforts. I visited its lab in Roseville, California, in the summer of 2018, and was impressed by its capabilities. I wrote an article highlighting my insights. If interested, you can find it here.

Last month, I spent time virtually with the HPE Telco team in Fort Collins, Colorado. If you are not familiar with the city, it is a small college town in the Front Range of the Rockies, famous for its love of cycling and craft beer (both New Belgium and Odell call it home). The city is also a hub for high tech, and it is where HPE focuses on enabling the deployment of 5G on a massive scale. In this column, I would like to highlight what I find compelling about HPE’s telco and 5G lab efforts.    

HPE Telco Shared Lab   

The mission of the HPE Telco Shared Lab is to support the introduction of capital expense disruptive, disaggregated hardware, software and virtualization solutions with an emphasis on operator enablement and partnerships. The lab, launched in 2014, is engaged in operator blueprint validation, engineering reference designs, and proof of concepts. The partners’ roster is equally impressive, including Google, Nokia, Red Hat, and many others. Key to its value is a remarkable server capability, nearly 1,000 platforms, and partners’ ability to access it virtually. The latter has served the lab well, given the pandemic.

Another impressive capability is its research and development focus. Over the past 18 years, the HPE Telco team has focused on developing and refining carrier-grade Linux solutions. The company’s lab staff also boasts nearly 150 years of experience, an impressive metric by any measure. A key proof point is the team’s contribution to the Linux Foundation’s Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), focused on data plane acceleration. I’ve spent time with the DPDK leadership in the past, and if interested, you can find my coverage here.  

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