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Nokia and Juniper Networks collaborate to advance telco cloud

Zafirah Salim | May 6, 2014
New core-on-cloud solution combines best-of-breed technologies with integrated services and support to help operators accelerate service creation through a fully automated telco cloud.

Telecommunications company Nokia, and networking equipment manufacturer Juniper Networks, have decided to expand their partnership by collaborating to advance telco cloud for mobile broadband.

This collaboration brings together Nokia’s leading Liquid Core solution, including network function virtualization (NFV) and telco cloud management and orchestration; and Juniper Networks’ MetaFabric data centre architecture, including Contrail – Juniper’s network virtualization and cloud network automation solution based on software-defined networking (SDN).

In addition to the technology components, Nokia is also providing its end-to-end services to help operators implement their own telco clouds and migrate existing telco services to cloud-based networks. According to a statement by the telecom company, this broad portfolio of services, some of which will tap into Juniper’s expertise, will enable operators to reduce time to value and address the complete lifecycle from assessment, design, implementation and operational support.

Nokia and Juniper’s bundled solution, delivered via carrier-grade services, will provide operators with an open ecosystem telco cloud solution, according to its media statement. Based on OpenStack, it offers automated application deployment, software defined application connectivity and network management.

The solution will also enable application and networking elastic scalability with a clear migration path for operators to leverage their existing assets built according to today’s core architectures, the vendor added.

“In the same way that cloud computing transformed the IT industry, telco cloud dynamics are radically changing how mobile operators plan to deploy, operate and manage their networks through virtualization and software defined networking,” said Peter Jarich, vice president of Current Analysis. “Nokia and Juniper’s expanded partnership fits well into this evolution, strengthening the telco cloud ecosystem in the process.”

Shaygan Kheradpir, CEO of Juniper Networks, added that the rapid adoption of LTE and the 4G mobile core opens up a wealth of opportunities for new service creation for their customers.

“We believe operators need a High-IQ mobile edge that connects their infrastructure to the telco cloud, and leverages network and service virtualization throughout. Nokia and Juniper are focused on providing open networking solutions that matter most to mobile operators to enable carriers to become Cloud Builders in order to speed service delivery and optimize their cloud networks,” he said.

The telco cloud solution from Nokia and Juniper Networks will be available later this year.


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