Challenge convention

Embrace innovation

The future of data center
architecture is here

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is a collaborative community that has redefined IT hardware for the data center versus the offerings of traditional hardware vendors. By sharing optimum server and data center designs, the OCP form factor can achieve greater efficiency, flexibility and scalability. As an OCP Platinum Member, Nokia is at the forefront of redesigning data center technology to meet the demands of today and tomorrow. This includes network, storage, rack cabinet, server management – the entire compute infrastructure.

... a movement in the hardware space that’s bringing about the same kind of creativity and collaboration we see in open source software.

Challenge 1:

How can we operate more efficiently?

Traditional data center architecture rules no longer apply. Efficiency extends to every corner of the data center – people, processes and technology.

The IDC Solution Brief Assess the Business Value of Open Compute Platform Datacenter Solutions* found that every $1 spent on equipment in traditional data centers equals $4 spent running it (power, cooling, maintenance and management).

Now, with OCP designs it’s possible to achieve a power usage effectiveness (PUE) near to 1.

Greater efficiency at scale

OCP’s strong focus is energy efficiency. Nokia AirFrame Data Center solution makes this a reality with innovations around airflow, free-air cooling and increased hardware density.

OCP versus. traditional environments

Number of servers


Power consumption


Facilities costs


Infrastructure costs are lower, more transparent and easier to control

Achieve cost savings of


per 100 servers per year.*

These savings relate to server hardware, power and space, as a result of data center consolidation and more powerful, efficient servers.

Challenge 2:

How can we increase our speed to market?

Cloud-scale agility in the form of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) avoids some of the mistakes that can eventually lead to customer losses.

OCP provides a more unified approach to the purchase of network, compute and storage, and it reduces manual management tasks. Both these contribute to increased speed to market.

Quicker time to value through greater agility

Today, it’s crucial to break down IT operation and facility siloes and to minimize or eliminate application development bottlenecks.

From the start, Nokia AirFrame improves agility – and helps the business cope with unpredictability. AirFrame is available both in rackmount and OCP form factors, in rack cabinet packages which are pre-installed and ready to go within hours. Also, AirFrame allows integrators or colocation facilities to standardize on a single rack. These characteristics reduce the time and cost of deployment, setup and integration.

Another advantage is modular network planning. This avoids common problems around network traffic and power distribution – a particular advantage for high-peak workloads in the analytics, telecommunication service and cloud infrastructure spaces.

IT staff productivity

Less time managing servers, storage and networking means more time on more value-added activities – for example, application development and deployment.

Compared to traditional data center environments, your teams spend fewer hours cabling and connecting components at setup. Software-driven, automated management such as server self-health checks and scheduled maintenance also improve productivity.

As a result:

more servers*


more end users*

Challenge 3:

How can we manage the demands of big data?

Digital transformation is a journey of discovery for many organizations.

Businesses of any sector, size or shape need infrastructure that can efficiently and affordably handle today’s ever-increasing volume, variety and velocity of data. These include non-structured, such as video, HD images and video, and “dumps” of sensor or web data. Plus, it can support the growing demands of real-time data processing, analytics workloads and data backup.

As a result, workloads are increasingly complex and resource-hungry.

Simplicity and reliability go hand in hand

With OCP, IT management has two main advantages – simplicity saves time and boosts reliability.

Firstly, OCP products are easier to automate, orchestrate and configure, so IT resources go further. By simplifying and standardizing IT management and operations, organizations can more easily scale to support new services, improve customer experience and free-up administrators’ time:

Secondly, OCP boosts system robustness and application reliability. In other words, resiliency is designed into the hardware with features like automatic fallover and zero-impact upgrades. As a result, the reliability advantages are:

2 in every 3

unplanned outages are avoided*


less time resolving outages*


fewer staff hours lost to recovery tasks*

Mitigating risk and improving productivity

More robust and resilient data center operations deliver cost savings of


per year per 100 servers.*

Why Nokia?

According to IDC, after cooperating with OCP for years (and joining OCP in 2015), Nokia has become a major provider for next-generation telco infrastructure.

It has made several technical innovations including telco-grade reliability and network specifications, including:

Hardware – designed for telco-specific needs and based on OCP principles, Nokia AirFrame exceeds the latest regulatory and operational standards.

Support services – from data center design to logistics and business continuity support

Decades of experience in telco space in hardware and software design are now coming to fruition.