Nokia AirFrame Portfolio Enhanced for Hyperscale Data Center Deployments

Nokia announced that it will incorporate OCP designs into its AirFrame Data Center Portfolio. AirFrame is inspired by OCP to offer greater efficiency, density, cooling and power usage effectiveness, key characteristics that have already saved Facebook over $2 billion in infrastructure costs in the past three years. These characteristics will significantly lower the cost of operations and enable enhanced serviceability, while delivering carrier-grade quality on an open IT platform.

OCP-based variants for computing, network and storage will be developed in line with OCP specifications, but taking into account the specific needs of the telco domain such as regulatory requirements, Direct Current (DC) power feeding and electromagnetic shielding. Nokia is also planning to become an OCP solution provider with the ability to offer a full end-to-end data center solution for telco, IT and enterprise customers, with cloud wise services supporting design and deployment. The OCP-based variants will complement the already available AirFrame rackmount servers launched in June 2015, offering complete flexibility, scalability and reliability for smaller and more distributed data center deployments.

Nokia has also announced additional acceleration options for its AirFrame portfolio. As well as crypto acceleration that offers up to 100% higher application performance for IP security (IPSec) loads, AirFrame servers can now be equipped with a packet acceleration that will deliver over 10% more processing capacity and up to 50% lower packet latency, critical for telco-based workloads and for the evolution to cloud-based radio.

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Henri Tervonen, head of Mobile Broadband Architecture at Nokia, said: “Nokia’s vast experience, competence and scale will redefine OCP specifications for carrier-grade performance, and we are delighted to extend our collaboration with Facebook and the Open Compute Project. This will ensure that our customers fully benefit from OCP solution efficiencies and performance, as well as the OCP ecosystem, for what is seen as the industry benchmark in hyperscale data center deployments. We see our input into OCP as being vital to ensure data centers can handle the most demanding of workloads.”

Jason Taylor, President and Chairman of the OCP Board and VP of Infrastructure at Facebook, said: “We deeply value Nokia’s leadership in bringing designs from the Open Compute Project into their new AirFrame variants. As telco participation in open hardware grows, Nokia will play a crucial role in defining the future of data center efficiencies, performance, and scale.”

Did you know?

Nokia was the first vendor to effectively merge telco and IT with the launch of its AirFrame Data Center Solution in June 2015. The Nokia AirFrame Data Center Solution is 5G-ready and supports the need for more distributed cloud architectures, which will be the foundation to deliver extremely low latency and high data processing requirements of the future.

Below is the Nokia infographic “Building a distributed cloud”.