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Jul 16 2019

Need fast data processing at the edge? Nokia AirFrame just got even faster

As we live more of our lives online, we will come to depend increasingly on data. Applications such as ultra-high definition video, virtual and augmented reality and especially mobile gaming will demand networks with huge capacities for both transporting and analyzing data.

It’s the analysis that can be a choke point – huge amounts of data need to be analyzed without disturbing the users’ experience of applications. This is nowhere more true than with new applications such as face recognition payment. Because it demands excellent performance and low latency, data for this needs to be processed at the edge of the network.

Making this possible demands nimble, flexible data centers that offer a host of benefits - rapid deployment, simple installation, less site preparation, lower space requirement and higher energy efficiency.

Enter Nokia AirFrame data center, which will run any cloud-based application with ease.

In its modular form, AirFrame can be used for data centers of all sizes, from very small distributed deployments at the edge of the network to very large centralized data centers.

Nokia AirFrame modular data centers provide the support CSPs need as they evolve their operations to meet the demands of the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G.

The best gets even better

Features such as advanced packet and crypto acceleration make AirFrame perform better than traditional IT servers. The numbers are impressive - 75 percent faster deployment, 35 percent energy saving and 30 percent lower TCO.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, the best just got even better. We’ve teamed up with Intel to make the solution work even harder.

Using Intel’s Second Generation of Xeon® Scalable processors, which offer more cores than the first-generation version, we’ve given AirFrame a real boost - 30 percent more payload, up to 40 percent better system level capacity and up to 20 percent lower power consumption.

Based on AirFrame hardware and AirScale RNC software, the performance tests were conducted with simulated smartphone-dominated traffic. This included video calls and social media as well as the signaling load to and from the user and control planes.

Ultimate flexibility

What do these results mean for CSPs? In a word, flexibility – they can use less hardware and get the same capacity or employ the same hardware and get more capacity.

Verizon recently used the Nokia solution, together with the Intel processors, to achieve full virtualization of baseband functions in a trial in California.

The three partners showed that Cloud RAN at the network edge can provide for agile service delivery that incorporates AI and data analytics.

Rapid, flexible deployment, low costs, efficient energy use and easy scalability? It’s no wonder many CSPs are looking to AirFrame to give them an edge.

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About Hannu Nikurautio

Hannu Nikurautio is the head of Cloud RAN Product Management at Nokia’s Mobile Networks department. He is an experienced and energetic leader knowledgeable about large-scale global product development and service delivery operations to ensure business continuity with lead customers.  To have good energy levels when driving customer success, Hannu enjoys a lot of exciting outdoor sports such as scuba diving.

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