Nokia Offers Software-Defined ‘Telco Cloud’ with Juniper

Nokia is moving quickly to assert its position in its post-handset life, following the sale of its mobile devices unit to Microsoft. On Monday, the Finnish company announced that it will be expanding its partnership with Juniper Networks to improve on the "telco cloud."

In this collaboration, Nokia's Liquid Core solution will be integrated with Juniper's MetaFabric data center architecture. Liquid Core provides network function virtualization and telecommunication cloud management and orchestration, while MetaFabric includes the Contrail network virtualization and cloud network automation solution that utilizes software-defined networking.

The bundled solution will offer services to wireless operators to create a flexible cloud-based infrastructure, able to dynamically support the development and delivery of new services.

A Clear Path

Rajeev Suri, Nokia's president and CEO, said in a statement that the collaboration with Juniper Networks enables "operators to take full advantage of the cloud with a clear path towards the robustness and scale of interconnected data centers."

The companies said that the bundled solution for carriers will offer an open ecosystem, with an OpenStack-based telco cloud solution that provides automated application deployment, software defined application connectivity and network management. The combined offering is also intended to provide application and networking scalability.

Liquid Core utilizes such virtualized functions as Mobile Management Entity or the virtualized Home Subscriber Server. It also includes the NetAct network management solution and Cloud Application Manager, which Nokia said will help provide such end-to-end services as voice over LTE or evolved packet core in the cloud.

MetaFabric and the Contrail SDN/NFV controller is designed to support a mobile edge for the creation of new services that are, the companies said, "based on actionable intelligence." Nokia is also providing end-to-end services for operators who want to set up their own telco clouds, or to move existing services to networks in the cloud.

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