Liquid cooled servers for telco environments

10 October 2023

Iceotope’s new KUL RAN, an ultra-resilient and highly-energy efficient precision liquid cooled server solution, was recently launched to address extreme edge deployment challenges.

KUL RAN is a new 19-inch short-depth rack form factor with HPE ProLiant DL110 servers and 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors optimised for high-density, low-latency edge, virtualised RAN, and 5G services. The solution fits to existing deployed infrastructure.

KUL RAN is specifically designed for telco and harsh edge deployments to meet the need for reliable data processing installations close to the point of use in the face of a range of challenges from power constraints to service accessibility, as well as local environment and ambient weather conditions. The solution, developed in partnership with Intel and HPE, will help accelerate adoption by achieving game-changing reductions in power consumption and maintenance costs while maintaining or enhancing data center density.

KUL RAN delivers up to a 40% power saving compared to other edge servers in its class. Precision Liquid Cooling removes nearly 100% of the heat generated by the electronic components of a server. This not only reduces energy consumption, but also eliminates all water consumption as well. With much of the power usage in telco networks coming from RAN sites, KUL RAN stands as a clear enabler for energy efficiency, expediting telcos’ path to net zero.

With thousands of sites in remote locations, telco providers are continuously looking for ways to minimise on-site maintenance costs. KUL RAN has been created as a ‘fit and forget’ solution, for reliable operations with significantly fewer service visits, greatly reducing the OpEx burden on operators. It can be installed, removed, and replaced without risk of weather or contaminant ingress reaching sensitive HPE ProLiant DL110 server components and 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, thanks to its sealed chassis. Its IP67-rated enclosure provides 100% protection from thermal shock, dust, and other airborne contaminants, keeping the housed solution factory clean throughout its operational life.