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Nokia Networks joins Open Compute Project to advance its AirFrame Data Center Solution

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 Nokia Networks joins Open Compute Project to advance its AirFrame Data Center Solution


  • Nokia committed to leveraging and contributing to open source innovation
  • To offer best-in-class capabilities for the AirFrame Data Center Solution by tapping into data center best practices
  • To optimize data center efficiency as Open Compute Project is seen as the industry benchmark

Espoo, Finland – 16 November 2015

Today, Nokia Networks joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) as a Gold member, demonstrating its commitment to openness and collaboration in offering leading cloud-based solutions. As a member, Nokia Networks will work with the OCP Foundation to build an OCP variant of the Nokia AirFrame Data Center Solution – this will enhance an already comprehensive portfolio offering modular and flexible cloud architectures and delivering low latency and telco-grade reliability for all types of workloads.

Achieving low latency and high throughput within a virtualized environment is a key requirement when moving services into the cloud. Within the telco domain, the first steps have been to adopt centralized cloud architectures for the delivery of core services, such as Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The Nokia AirFrame Data Center Solution* launched in June 2015 gives operators the ability to host these core services, as well as future-proof them for more demanding applications and ultimately 5G. AirFrame is also proven to run IT-based workloads, showcased at the Oracle Open World event in San Francisco in October 2015.

Nokia will work with the OCP Foundation to support the full range of Nokia Networks’ own Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), as well as third-party VNFs. A variety of configurations, from hyperscale to smaller and distributed data centers needed to support specific services, will begin to be supported. Added enhancements made available through OCP will include improved cooling as well as greater Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), one of the key metrics for all data center deployments.

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Jason Taylor, President and Chairman of the OCP Board and VP of Infrastructure at Facebook, said: “An open and collaborative approach toward building and designing data center hardware drives greater efficiencies, flexibility and scale for all. Nokia Networks’ participation in the OCP community – contributing its expertise and technology – will bring new opportunities for design and collaboration that will continue the progress we’ve made in building a more open and efficient data center.” Watch the video.

Henri Tervonen, Vice President, Mobile Broadband Architecture at Nokia Networks, said: “The Open Compute Project and Facebook have been at the forefront of data center design and innovation since the launch of the OCP initiative, and we are delighted to be able to both leverage and contribute to the ongoing designs and innovative features that characterize the essence of what OCP stands for. Incorporating OCP best practice into our AirFrame Data Center Solution will deliver significant value for our customers, who are looking for leading data center design coupled with the ability to serve very demanding workloads in the most cost efficient manner.” 

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.


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TAGS: Telco cloud, Virtualization, Partnering 

About Open Compute Project (OCP)

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501c6 organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. Its mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware to rapidly increase the pace of innovation in the data center industry. OCP challenges convention by custom designing hardware, software and data center operations from the ground up – and then sharing these technologies with the community. OCP has grown to more than 200 companies including Apple, Cisco, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, HP, Intel, Rackspace and Microsoft among others.

About Nokia

By focusing on the human possibilities of technology, Nokia embraces the connected world to help people thrive. Our three businesses are leaders in their fields: Nokia Networks provides broadband infrastructure, software and services; HERE provides mapping, navigation and location intelligence; and Nokia Technologies provides advanced technology development and licensing.


Nokia Networks, which provides broadband infrastructure, software and services, operates at the forefront of our industry. From the first ever call on GSM to the first call on LTE, we have set the pace of innovation, a record that continues with future technologies such as 5G. Together with our operator customers, who serve close to 5 billion subscribers, we are embracing the opportunity of the connected world and helping to solve its challenges.


* The Nokia AirFrame Data Center Solution supports a variety of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), including Nokia’s Core, Operations Support Systems (OSS), and Customer Experience management (CEM) capabilities, as well as third party VNFs.


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