How AMD EPYC processors support datacenter-driven 5G network

Vinay Sinha, managing director – India Sales at AMD, says this is one of the most exciting times for the global telecom industry as they get ready for the next frontier in ICT – 5G. He said datacenters are a key enabler of the 5G bandwidth.
Vinay Sinha, Managing Director, Sales, AMD

How are datacenters being a key enabler of the 5G bandwidth?

This is one of the most exciting times for the telecom industry as they get ready for the next frontier in ICT – 5G. Globally, as well as in India, telcos are shifting to a software-defined infrastructure that enables them to focus on innovation, drive down operational costs, and differentiate their products offerings.  Their datacenters come in many forms, from large cloud and on-premise datacenters to geographically distributed CDNs and micro edge datacenters.

As 5G is set to enhance internet bandwidth with faster speeds and lower latency, it is essential for telcos to own a strong IT infrastructure that can accommodate the unprecedented increase in data and networking demands. Here is where modern datacenters come in, they bring compute power closer to the point of connectivity and the end user; thereby, playing a key role in the functioning of the technology.

What are the implications of 5G and edge computing for the datacenter today?

Currently, consumers’ appetite for data is voraciously growing, and this is outpacing data processing capabilities The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing to billions of devices, and the next generation 5G networks will place enormous demands on the data processing infrastructure with applications like augmented reality, virtual reality, tactile internet and autonomous driving.

Edge computing and 5G are likely to co-evolve, with both working in tandem. 5G makes edge computing an essential component as powering at the edge will require connections to local inter-connected datacenters. Edge computing will modernize the traditional datacenter with the compute and storage nearer to the customers.

What are some of the IT challenges faced by CIOs in the telecom sector?

Rapid technology advancements have led to copious amount of data that needs to be collected, transmitted, and processed. 5G network bandwidth and speed will undoubtedly facilitate a surge in higher bandwidth for real-time communications with extremely complex applications. This will have an absolute impact on the strategic IT plans of an organization.

Further, with large scale data explosion from the advent of IoT and other newer technologies, CIOs will need to ensure their data centers offer enhanced performance, scalability, and security at reduced total cost of ownership. They will also need to ensure that their data centers are in a position to manage the impact of cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and other drivers of this widespread disruption in the telecom industry.

For the modern CIO and IT leader, these changes present both opportunities and challenges. Successful CIOs are those who recognize, analyze, and adapt to these evolving challenges before it is too late. We work closely with CIOs to address these challenges in a collaborative way and to drive development without compromising on resilience.  At AMD, we believe that delivering high-performance computing solutions for datacenter infrastructure that can scale to meet demanding and complex workload in the 5G era, will be crucial to support such innovation.
AMD EPYC processors

What is AMD’s role in meeting the needs of modern telecommunications?

In the telecom sector, demands are driven by the need to strengthen and elevate the current 4G network, and more significantly to prepare and become 5G network ready. The AMD EPYC processor is uniquely positioned to aid modern solutions with high performance capabilities in small footprints, using a balanced ratio of cores, I/O and memory capacity. All in service to address the needs of 5G implement virtualized network functions, create content delivery networks, and manage data processing at the edge of the network.

The AMD EPYC processor portfolio helps to run a fully virtualized infrastructure network, thereby reducing the footprint of equipment required to meet the business needs. We are currently working closely with some of the biggest telecom players in India, Asia Pacific and around the world in order to help modernize their existing infrastructure and to ready them for the future in the areas of unified cloud, vRAN and Cloud Gaming.

Share more insights on the modern datacenter solutions offered by AMD EPYC Powered Solutions?

Today’s businesses need a robust and agile IT infrastructure to meet the ever-increasing workloads. The datacenter is a key focus for AMD and we have been delivering record-setting performance across enterprise, virtualization, cloud and high-performance workloads. We are changing the dynamics of the data center with revolutionary performance in single-socket and dual-socket platforms.

Combining leadership performance, architecture and advanced security features, our 2nd Generation AMD EPYC processor is the world’s first x86 datacenter processor based on the leading edge 7 nanometer process technology. Featuring up to 64 “Zen 2” cores and 128 threads, the server processor is designed to deliver performance, scale, efficiency, and security for the agility to move at the speed of your business, now and into the future. We are committed to delivering disruptive performance, total cost of ownership and better return of investment to our customers.