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Nokia Unveils NFV Data Center Solution

By Paula Bernier June 02, 2015

Fresh off announcing that it plans to acquire Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia this week launched its AirFrame Data Center Solution. The ETSI NFV-compliant platform leverages Intel technology and consists of pre-integrated racks with ultra-dense servers, high- performance switches, and software-defined storage, all of which Nokia Networks has enhanced to address virtual network functions. The company is also offering professional services as part of the portfolio.

Nokia says this cloud-based solution merges the IT and telco domains to allow for virtualization of core applications to allow for more flexibility and scalability, and to pave the way for 5G cellular deployment by supporting mobile network virtual network functions. All of this, of course, dovetails with the overarching trend of what’s happening in networking now. That includes the evaluation and early implementation of network functions virtualization, through which operators like the telcos implement network functions in software (and run it on industry-standard hardware) and software-defined networking, a framework that automates service provisioning and thus makes networks more dynamic and service introduction faster and more cost efficient.

This particular offering from Nokia, the company says, enables operators to implement NFV and expand into new business models, such as renting data center capacity for customers’ IT applications. And AirFrame Data Center Solution, the company says, is ready to support Nokia VNFs including the company’s recently unveiled Radio Cloud architecture (for flexible and highly scalable cloud-based radio access networks), and its OSS/CEM. The company recently opened a dedicated R&D facility for further data center technology development.

Nokia adds that these solutions have been tested and approved at the Nokia Security Center in Berlin, and that the AirFrame Data Center Solution features security orchestration, which automates and manages security functions and policies.

As reported by NFVZone in April, Nokia recently announced plans to buy fellow network infrastructure provider Alcatel-Lucent. The combined company will be known as Nokia Corp. 

Through this combination, Rajeev Suri, president and CEO of Nokia, said: “Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia intend to lead in next-generation network technology and services, with the scope to create seamless connectivity for people and things wherever they are. 

Our innovation capability will be extraordinary, bringing together the R&D engine of Nokia with that of Alcatel-Lucent and its iconic Bell Labs. We will continue to combine this strength with the highly efficient, lean operations needed to compete on a global scale.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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