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Nokia’s new MXIE features claim to simplify, secure Industrial Edge apps

Nokia’s new MXIE features claim to simplify, secure Industrial Edge apps

Nokia unveiled new platform capabilities and applications for its on-premises Mission Critical Industrial Edge (MXIE) compute solution. To help enterprises advance digital transformation, Nokia MXIE can host apps from various ecosystems (including legacy non-cloud native workloads), facilitate application development and improve operational technology network security.

“By extending our ecosystem, enterprises can focus on their core competencies while leveraging capabilities on the MXIE to simplify, secure and advance their digitalization journey,” stated Stephan Litjens, vice president of enterprise solutions for Nokia.

According to an Analysys Mason report, there is a growing need for private wireless networks in Industry 4.0 use cases. Some examples include augmented and virtual reality and autonomous robots, which require high-performance, low-latency and secure wireless connectivity. In fact, the report states that the interest in enterprise applications will multiply, with investments expected to be around US$6 billion by 2030.

“On-premise edge is key to developing and deploying advanced industrial applications,” said Karim Yaici, senior analyst, for Analysys Mason. “Solutions such as Nokia MXIE will help enterprises accelerate their digital transformation by facilitating access to OT and to foster innovation by providing access to a growing ecosystem of developers and partners.”

The new Nokia MXIE feature will allow non-cloud native apps and workloads to run securely and safely alongside containerized applications. This opens the door for a range of apps from various ecosystems, including legacy applications frequently seen in brownfield industrial campuses.

“Our industrial customers are rapidly deploying Nokia private wireless networks to achieve high-performance wireless connectivity,” stated Chris McReynolds, vice president global offerings, network and edge practice for Kyndryl. “Nokia MXIE is an integral part of the solution, which offers a converged compute platform to support the core operation of private wireless networks and host a multitude of OT edge computing applications. By leveraging Nokia MXIE, Kyndryl is helping customers to design, deploy and manage end-to-end industrial use cases, and with that are seeing a quick return on their investments and improvement to their industrial operations.”

According to the company, other notable Nokia MXIE features include:

The MXIE developer portal (MXIE depo) will provide tools for faster and smoother app onboarding.

The Siemens MindConnect Software Agent on MXIE will allow industrial assets and systems to connect. MindConnect Software Agent provides secure data transfer to MindSphere, which is Siemens’ solution for industrial IoT.

The Zscaler Private Access enables Zero Trust Security for MXIE and will safeguard critical edge applications and OT/IIoT systems. Zscaler Private Access connects users, sensors and devices only to the apps required to perform its functions, minimizing the attack surface and the risk of lateral threat migration.

“Industrial enterprises are looking for ways to increase productivity and efficiency, while also ensuring safety and sustainability,” said Samuli Hanninen, head of Enterprise Networks at Nokia. “Our new MXIE capabilities enable enterprises to focus on their core competencies while leveraging the benefits of the latest Industry 4.0 technologies.”

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