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Nokia enhances MXIE platform for digitalizing industrial edge operations

Nokia enhances MXIE platform for digitalizing industrial edge operations

Nokia is working with technology providers such as Dell to enhance the capabilities of its Mission-Critical Industrial Edge (MXIE) platform for digitalizing industrial operations. It will also introduce a Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) model, allowing more enterprises to access the value of OT data.

Nokia is introducing a new high-performance, high-capacity infrastructure platform from Dell Technologies, starting with the Dell PowerEdge XR11 server. It will provide enterprises with on-premise edge processing power for Industry 4.0 use cases such as autonomous robots and zero-fault manufacturing.

The Nokia MXIE is an industrial edge solution deployed in the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC). It enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation with support for OT data applications and workloads, according to Nokia.

“In 2022, we began building a large installed base for MXIE as it was integrated with the Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) private wireless solution, allowing enterprises to experience how it supports their Industry 4.0 application needs,” says Stephan Litjens, the vice president of Enterprise Campus Edge Solutions at Nokia. “Leveraging Dell PowerEdge servers, we are boosting the processing power and capabilities of the Nokia MXIE to meet our customers’ growing demands for advanced Industry 4.0 implementations.”

Dell’s new PowerEdge XR11 server uses a 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor. It features an NVIDIA A2 Tensor Core GPU, which enables AI inference acceleration for real-time monitoring and alerts and can be used in Nokia Scene Analytics or Atos Computer Vision Platform applications for mission-critical quality assurance and video analytics solutions.

“The Dell PowerEdge server family includes high-performance and ruggedized systems designed for deployment in the most extreme environments,” says Kyle Dufresne, the global SVP and GM of OEM Solutions at Dell Technologies. “The PowerEdge XR11 server with NVIDIA Tensor Core GPU support offers a robust platform for Nokia MXIE and can support Nokia enterprise customers wanting to implement use cases such as widespread automation at remote ports and mines, as well as in factories and warehouses.”

Nokia offers the MXIE platform in a HaaS model to promote digitalization and reduce upfront capital investment, enabling enterprises to use MXIE capabilities via subscription. The compute power provided by the GPU will also benefit future AI/ML applications, including data intelligence analyzing real-time OT data at the edge.

“Additionally, the new MXIE GPU capabilities will support use cases that leverage AI and machine learning, such as real-time video and OT data analytics,” adds Dufresne. “By introducing MXIE in a Hardware-as-a-Service model, we are further lowering the upfront cost of our industrial edge for businesses to accelerate their digitalization journey.”

Kyndryl, a leader in IT infrastructure services, has recently signed a three-year agreement with Nokia to revolutionize private wireless solutions based on LTE and 5G for the upcoming Industry 4.0 era. By partnering with Kyndryl, customers can benefit from accelerated network deployment and Nokia’s cellular radio expertise.

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