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5G Networks Will Power Life-Changing Applications
4G vs 5G

The dramatic improvement in broadband speed and reduction of latency in 5G networks, enhanced by Edge computing, will change the way we get around, create, work, play, stay healthy, and interact with the world around us.

Open Hardware Platforms Will Enable Virtualized 5G Networks

5G networks are designed to leverage virtualization and containers on open hardware platforms – reducing dependence on legacy proprietary hardware. Supermicro brings proven expertise in optimized server hardware and deep virtualization experience to these growing 5G deployments.

The Radio Access Network (RAN) will be centralized and virtualized into server-based Centralized Units (CUs) and Distributed Units (DUs), slimming down fixed-function hardware into Remote Radio Units (RRUs). Intelligent Edge servers will support real-time applications with computing and AI inferencing. And 4G Evolved Packet Core (EPC) functions will be replaced by 5G Core components running as virtualized network functions (VNFs) in data centers and the cloud.

5G Networks Diagram
Supermicro Powers 5G Networks from End-to-End

Data Centers and the Cloud

  • Disaggregated servers based on Resource-Saving Architecture support data centers in the cloud and the virtualized 5G Core
  • Multi-node Twin architecture and high-density Blade systems for reduced TCO and PUE
  • Deep experience with virtualization and container solutions
  • Highest-performing GPU servers for data center machine learning/AI training

Virtualized RAN and the Edge

  • High-performance servers – supporing up to 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors – can be configured with FPGA accelerators for virtual RAN (vRAN), including O-RAN
  • Edge AI inferencing with GPU card options improves local decision-making for time-critical applications
  • Telecom-standard features including NEBS compliance, AC/DC power, and short-depth servers for central offices and micro data centers, plus IP65 ruggedized enclosures for outdoor installations

Customer Premises and IoT

  • Compact Edge servers and gateways to manage IoT device deployments from the Cloud
  • Easily reconfigurable networking options to support virtually any installation
  • Wide range of VNFs for SD-WAN, uCPE and other solutions supported with software partners

Carrier-Grade NEBS Level 3 Certified Servers for 5G Telecom Solutions

As 5G and Telco customers increasingly leverage industry-standard hardware for new networks and applications, Supermicro now provides servers with NEBS Level 3 certification, beginning with the extremely popular and powerful Ultra SuperServer product line.

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Supermicro Edge Servers: Ready to Support 5G

5G presents unique opportunities for real-time computing in the right places, and Supermicro’s portfolio of Edge servers supports powerful and efficient processing in a variety of form factors.

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Solutions

T-Systems EdgAIR Powered by Supermicro Edge Systems

Supermicro is collaborating with T-Systems (Deutsche Telekom) on EdgAIR, an Edge Computing platform that delivers low latency for IoT applications at enterprise facilities.

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O-RAN Solution Brief

Supermicro has partnered with Altiostar to develop an O-RAN-compliant hardware/software reference model for 5G NR Distributed Unit (DU) implementation

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Intel® Select Solutions for uCPE

Verified hardware and software stacks that are easy to deploy and workload-optimized

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Additional Resources

5G and Our Planet

Supermicro’s Resource-Saving Architecture gives operators the power to build out optimized 5G networks while minimizing energy consumption and e-waste.

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