Nokia on Wednesday unveiled a compact server that aims to process data closer to end-users and accommodate next-generation technologies.
The Finnish telecom equipment company said the AirFrame Open Edge Server represents the industry’s first edge cloud data center solution.
The server, at roughly five inches high, 18 inches wide and 17 inches deep, is small enough to be deployed at base stations while meeting the latency and throughput requirements of Cloud RAN, augmented reality, industrial automation and other advanced applications.
Nokia said the server also expands its AirFrame portfolio to incorporate layered architecture — utilizing centralized and regional data centers along with processors at the network edge — that will help companies prepare for 5G systems.
The equipment will also be complemented by Nokia’s Open Platform for NFV software.
“Used with the Nokia ReefShark chipset and our real-time cloud infrastructure software, the Nokia AirFrame open edge server will deliver the right decentralization of 4G and 5G networks,” Nokia Mobile Networks President Marc Rouanne said in a statement. “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.”
The server is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of the year.
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