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Taiwan-based Wiwynn launches server with the OpenEDGE project at its core

27 May 2019

Taiwan-based Wiwynn, a cloud IT infrastructure provider for data centers, has today launched its edge platform based on Nokia open source hardware technologies.

The Edge Platform 100 (EP100), uses Nokia-led OCT OpenEDGE specification to provide power to applications that require low latency and massive data processing capabilities.

“We are thrilled to embrace edge cloud opportunities in the 5G era by applying Open Compute Project (OCP) hardware and initiating an open firmware development kit,” says Wiwynn senior vice president and CTO, Dr. Sunlai Chang.

The OpenEDGE specification is part of the OCP’s mission to help bring open source hardware to the data center market.

OCP Foundation chief technology officer Bill Carter explains further: “"Open source hardware is essential to the enhancement of efficient, open and scalable data centers, and Wiwynn has been embracing these principles of open sourcing cloud technology with their active participation and contributions to the community," says Carter.

"We are encouraged by Wiwynn’s new edge platform development with the OCP OpenEDGE Project and their work on contributing an open firmware development kit to speed up the open ecosystem growing that brings technology and benefits to the telco industry.”

Wiwynn’s EP100 is described as a 3U edge system based on Nokia-led OCP OpenEDGE specification. It supports up to five 1U half-width servers and can flexibly configure with 2U half-width and 1U full-width server sleds. Communication service providers can also scale computing power by adding more EP100 systems for applications ranging from base stations to regional central offices.

With the chassis-based power supplies and management, EP100 delivers high power efficiency and easy management for edge sites. Wiwynn is developing a software stack with OpenRMC, 
OpenBMC, and OSF (Open System Firmware) to enhance management for the open system. Furthermore, Wiwynn will also contribute the firmware development kit to invite more ecosystem partners to join and innovate upon it.

“Wiwynn EP100 enables communication service providers to address diverse low-latency data processing demands of Cloud RAN and modern central offices with a flexible and high-efficiency architecture at a balanced cost,” says Chang.

“Nokia AirFrame open edge launched April 2018 welcomes Wiwynn’s adoption of the Nokia led OCP OpenEDGE specification, with this announcement of a new equipment provider for enclosure and sled designs,” adds Nokia’s head of cloud RAN product management, Hannu Nikurautio.  

“Wiwynn’s contribution to OCP OpenEDGE is an important step forward in the creation of a healthy ecosystem and providing Far Edge Data Center Equipment consumers with multi-source procurement options to avoid vendor lock-in.”