Nokia Offers Software-Defined 'Telco Cloud' with Juniper
By Barry Levine / CIO Today. Updated May 05, 2014.
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.
'High-IQ Mobile Edge'
Operators "need a High-IQ mobile edge that connects their infrastructure to the telco cloud and leverages network and service virtualization throughout," Juniper CEO Shaygan Kheradpir told news media. The two companies, he said, are focusing on "open networking solutions that matter most to mobile operators to enable carriers to become cloud builders."
According to a German magazine, Nokia has previously expressed interest in buying Juniper.
The extended collaboration moves forward one of three legs on which the new Nokia sits -- wireless networking technology, with the other two being mapping and intellectual property.
In addition to this extended collaboration, Nokia also announced Monday that it is investing as much as $100 million into intelligent car technology. The investment is built around Nokia's map business, which has become a mainstay of the handset-less company. Car intelligence increasingly will be reliant on mapping technology.
There are also indications that Nokia is working to bring its Here mapping apps and services to Android and iOS devices. New job postings suggest the company is currently hiring engineers and developers for its mapping group.