Supermicro Launches Server Class Edge Systems for Open 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) Solutions

Supermicro, the leading global provider of high-performance server technology and storage subsystems, has launched its new SuperServer to address the needs of 5G RAN service providers. Supermicro is committed to the 5G ecosystem while pushing the limits of technology to provide best-in-class solutions that include edge systems and networking equipment. Supermicro’s products are uniquely suited to operate in a “bare metal” capability, providing flexible solutions that can function independently with an option to employ multiple devices as part of a distributed system. 5G Core Network Edge System is essential hardware supporting Cloud RAN and Virtualization to deliver the lowest latency to the user. With this latest generation, Service Providers can now accelerate time to market with Supermicro’s pre-integrated edge systems, including a complete set of components for radio access networks.

5G Core Network is the heart of 5G service delivery, and Supermicro has been working closely with leading Service Providers to develop an optimal edge system solution. Cloud RAN is one of the crucial building blocks for 5G New Radio (NR). While it separates the data plane from the control plane through a Virtualized RAN (vRAN) solution, a vital part of this architecture is the Edge Computing element. The Edge Computing Element provides an aggregation point for all necessary functionalities that include not only local computation and storage but also network connectivity. Supermicro’s 5G Core Network Routing Switch expands the company’s portfolio of high-performance, highly integrated edge systems for the 5G Open (non-proprietary) Radio Access network. 

According to Charles Liang, CEO of Supermicro, Supermicro’s recent enhancements to its 5G Core Network and Edge Computing lines provide their partners with flexible and highly integrated solutions that enable rapid deployment of new services, including 5G NR at the Edge. Two new products by Supermicro are the first servers for 5G RAN service providers that support 3GPP’s3GPP’s commercial 5G NR standard. They also include an additional level of integration with a shared backplane, thereby reducing overall system cost and power consumption. Supermicro is uniquely positioned to meet the demands of service providers and enterprise organizations for cost-effective solutions for 5G deployments, increasing server density, and reliability in data centers. 

Supermicro’s market leadership in the server and storage industry has enabled it to create a unique integrated solution that includes highly integrated Edge Computing elements in its 5G RAN solutions. That is why Supermicro’s approach has been uniquely positioned to accelerate the deployment of 5G RAN services. Supermicro’s two new devices are the first of their type for 5G. With this solution from Supermicro, Service Providers can develop services that allow users to connect directly to the network without needing a traditional base station. 5G Core Network Routing Switch is the first of its kind from Supermicro, designed from the ground up for 5G. Supermicro has been involved in developing standards for edge computing for several years and has a long history of collaborating with the IT industry.

The 5G core network is moving to a centralized model, and will do this by developing virtualized services integrated with the cloud. This flexibility allows for the evolution of the 5G architecture, which will enable new 5G RAN service providers to bring 5G NR to market faster. As a pioneer in this space, Supermicro has the most significant number of Virtualized RAN deployments worldwide for 5G. It was among the first to be awarded a 5G NR Vendor ID from China’sChina’s IT Ministry. In addition to its vast ecosystem of partners, Supermicro has been designing and developing “open” 5G network platforms. Supermicro is working closely with the Chinese government, and other service providers in China to modernize their networks. It has been providing technology to government organizations such as the National Health Insurance to provide 5G services to people.

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