Iceotope teams for Open RAN liquid cooling

Iceotope teams for Open RAN liquid cooling

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By Nick Flaherty

Liquid cooling pioneer Iceotope Technologies has teamed up with leading suppliers to develop a highly efficient, scalable Open RAN system to support far edge computing in any kind of data centre.

Ku:l Extreme was developed with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Intel, and nVent to significantly reduce energy consumption using liquid cooling technology from UK-based Iceotope for both telco service providers and enterprises.

It is a fully integrated, standardized system Intel Xeon Scalable processors and is being shown Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023 in Barcelona this week by HPE.

The modular design of Ku:l Extreme is highly configurable to enable rapid scalability across all types of deployments. From a single server at a cellular base station to a ruggedized solution for the Far Edge to an enterprise grade data center, each Ku:l Extreme unit can easily be dropped into place at any location.

The system supports both high-performance liquid and air-cooled devices while optimizing serviceability and simplifying maintenance across the data centre estate as well as reducing energy consumption.

This is rapidly becoming one of the top priorities for telcos as much of the power usage in a telco network comes from the radio access network (RAN) sites that have to be powered 24/7 regardless of customer demand.

Open RAN, with its open platform and vendor-neutral hardware standards, is seen as an enabler for more energy efficient networks. HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers will be powered by 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. These processors will support up to twice the capacity without increasing power consumption, compared to 3rd Gen Intel Xeon processors, enabling customers to meet their critical performance, scaling, and energy efficiency requirements. Ku:l Extreme will help accelerate adoption by reducing power consumption while maintaining or enhancing data center density.

Serving is also key. With thousands of sites in remote locations, servicing Far Edge devices across a telco network is costly and minimizing on-site maintenance is key. Ku:l Extreme  significantly lowers component failures as it doesn’t require server fans, the dielectric fluid reduces thermal stress, and the enclosed chassis makes the units impervious to gases, dust, and humidity.

All of this extends the server lifecycle and drives down maintenance costs. In addition, Out of Band Management (OOBM) enables remote monitoring of the health of the server from a single location. 

“The growing importance of Open RAN is clear to see. Operators are looking for ways to meet the demands for low latency, high scalability data processing in remote locations, whilst also reducing the power consumption across RAN sites,” said Phil Cutrone, SVP and GM, Service Providers, OEM, and Telco at HPE.

“Our latest collaboration with Iceotope Technologies addresses these requirements by integrating Iceotope’s Ku:l Extreme chassis with high-performing HPE ProLiant DL110 Telco servers that are workload optimized for RAN. The combined solution enables customers to deliver performance, scaling and energy efficiency improvements, as well as extending server lifecycles and reducing maintenance costs.”

Cristina Rodriguez, VP and GM of Wireless Access Networks Division at Intel said, “Ecosystem collaboration is key to accelerate the shift to a virtualized Open RAN. The Ku:l Extreme from Iceotope is another great example of the ecosystem coming together to deliver innovative solutions that can be deployed at scale and can be an additional tool that can help service providers as they work to achieve their sustainability goals.”       

“The collaboration between Iceotope and nVent has quickly delivered innovative modular solutions for data centers, edge and now for sustainable Open Ran adaption,” said Anthony Palmer, nVent Global Business Development Manager. “By using nVent’s flexible and modular portfolio of racks and enclosures and Iceotope’s class-leading Precision Liquid Cooling technology, our latest innovation provides a scalable solution for remote environments.”


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