Nokia launches industry-first AirFrame open edge infrastructure solution

Nokia launches industry-first AirFrame open edge infrastructure solution

A new data center solution for the 5G era has been launched by Nokia, supporting industry automation and consumer applications.

Nokia says its Edge Cloud data center solution is an industry first and has been devised to meet the stringent and diverse low-latency data processing demands of Cloud RAN and advanced applications for consumers and industries.

The AirFrame open edge cloud infrastructure delivers a layered network architecture that optimises performance and operator costs as they evolve their networks and prepare for 5G.

Technologies such as Cloud RAN will play a major part in delivering 5G’s promise of ultra-low latency and massive data throughput. As such, they will need to be supported by a highly efficient cloud infrastructure solution.

Based on x86, the Nokia AirFrame open edge infrastructure solution has been built and tailored to fully support edge cloud deployments. The server itself measures at 133.5mm high, 444mm wide and 430mm deep and has been designed for deployment at existing base station sites.

The server chassis supports up to five servers, each with a single next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor and with Nokia ReefShark, the AirFrame open edge server delivers hardware acceleration capabilities for 4G and 5G functions and applications, including Cloud RAN and artificial intelligence (AI).

Marc Rouanne, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, believes the edge cloud will be key to delivering the compute power required for 5G.

“By expanding our AirFrame and 5G Future X portfolio, we can provide a network architecture that meets the needs of any operator and their customers,” he commented.

“Used with the Nokia ReefShark chipset and our real-time cloud infrastructure software, the Nokia AirFrame open edge server will deliver the right decentralisation of 4G and 5G networks. We can work with operators to ensure that data center capabilities are deployed exactly where they are needed to manage demands as they expand their service offering."