Nokia, Intel boost Industry 4.0 with cloud-native edge server

October 08, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Nokia, Intel boost Industry 4.0 with cloud-native edge server
Nokia's MX Industrial Edge server it is first cloud-native industrial edge system, combining Intel CPUs, wireless and wired networking

Nokia has launched its first industrial edge system using technologies from Intel

The Nokia MX Industrial Edge is intended to booth the move to Industry 4.0 with increased digitalisation of industrial processes. This is based on Nokia’s AirFrame Open Edge cloud-native server, which uses Intel CPUs with storage, wired/wireless networking, one-click industrial applications and automated management tools for simplified IIoT integration.

Protocols supported include Profinet, Sigfox, Modbus, BACnet, ODBC, OPC-UA, CAN and BLE. The MXIE has a protocol-agnostic message bus for application to application and device communications. Integrated device management capabilities simplify device discovery and auto-provisioning and enables over-the-air software updates.

By 2025, Gartner predicts that 75% of industrial data will be processed at the edge, and Nokia is positioning to provide the edge server for this data.   

"Industry 4.0 is transforming asset-intensive industries by integrating and digitalizing all processes and systems across the industrial value chain. This will result in an explosion of data – and taking the right actions based on that data in near real-time will be critical to the success of digital transformation initiatives,” said Stephan Litjens, Head of Enterprise Solutions at Nokia “Ensuring performance, along with aspects like keeping data local and secure while being resilient against internet connectivity failures, are not possible with a centralized cloud, making the on-prem edge the architecture of choice for this new breed of OT applications. The Nokia MX Industrial Edge is built from the ground up to deliver the guaranteed performance, security and reliability that OT digitalization use cases require."

All industrial and enterprise campuses, such as factories, logistics hubs, ports, etc. are multi-solution and multi-partner environments. By adopting an ecosystem-neutral approach and integration plug-ins, our customers get unparalleled flexibility and benefit from the widest array of applications and use cases to adopt innovations to advance their digital transformation,” he said.    

“Nokia and Intel have a long-standing partnership to provide innovative solutions from the core to the edge of the intelligent network, which Nokia is expanding to accelerate Industry 4.0 adoption,” said Caroline Chan, vice president in the Network Platforms Group and general manager of the Network Business Incubation Division at Intel. “The combination of Intel’s innovations and CPUs alongside Nokia’s MX Industrial Edge platform and 5G technology will offer enterprise customers the ability to connect, deploy and manage their environments. Across different verticals, enterprises will benefit from the scalable performance and high-speed, low-latency reliable communications.”

www.nokia.com; www.intel.com

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