Nokia has entered the data center market by merging the IT and Telco cloud domains, creating the AirFrame Data Center Solution. It integrates the cloud computing technologies with the firm requirements of the core and radio in the telco world.
The development expands the reach of Nokia Networks’ telco cloud portfolio, building the foundation for 5G deployments with an advanced cloud management solution to handle telco cloud architecture, including security orchestration that mechanises and manages the lifecycle of security policies and security functions.
Nokia’s AirFrame will be available as Pre-integrated racks with ultra-dense servers, high performance switches and software defined storage, Nokia Networks has also opened a dedicated R&D facility for data center technology development.
The company in a statement said that, its AirFrame Data Center Solution is 5G-ready and supports the vision of a more flexible and distributed cloud architecture, which is the foundation to deliver latency and data processing requirements of the future.
The new AirFrame Data Center Solution directly addresses strict latency and processing power requirements and effectively merges the Telco and IT domains in one single solution using Intel technology. However, the company did not share specific details of cost benefits from Nokia AirFrame to telecoms.
Marc Rouanne, Executive Vice President, Mobile Broadband, Nokia Networks, said: “Nokia Networks is changing the game in telco cloud. We are taking on the IT-telco convergence with a new solution to challenge the traditional IT approach of the data center. From the beginning, Nokia Networks has been a forerunner in telco cloud innovation*. This newest solution brings telcos carrier-grade high availability, security-focused reliability as well as low latency, while leveraging the company’s deep networks expertise and strong business with operators to address an increasingly cloud-focused market valued in the tens of billions of euros.”
The AirFrame will allow operators to apply their NFV strategy, as well as expand into new business models. It is capable to run the most common IT cloud applications in parallel to telco cloud and users telco cloud security practices, which have been approved by the company’s Security Center in Berlin.
AirFrame Solution is ready to support several Nokia VNFs, including OSS/CEM and the company’s recently announced Radio Cloud architecture.