Nokia, Juniper to offer automated cloud for telcos

Nokia Solutions and Networks and Juniper Networks are expanding their partnership to do more work on mobile broadband service creation through a fully automated telco cloud. The goal is to help mobile operators turn carriers into “cloud builders,” the companies say.

NSN’s contribution will be its Liquid Core solution, which includes network function virtualization and telco cloud management and orchestration. Juniper brings its MetaFabric data centre architecture, including the Contrail network virtualization and cloud network automation solution, which is based on software defined networking.

The extension of cloud network virtualization and automation capabilities to the carrier-grade network domains of mobile operators will help them speed the delivery of services to market, say Nokia and Juniper. The bundled solution — to be released later this year — is intended to give those operators an open ecosystem telco cloud solution. It will be based on the open-source cloud computing platform OpenStack.

Nokia and Juniper say the new solution will provide automated application deployment, software defined application connectivity and network management, while boosting application and networking scalability. It will also give operators a migration path that allows them to use existing assets built according to today’s core architectures.

Besides the technology components, Nokia (Nasdaq: NOK ) is providing services to help operators implement their own telco clouds and migrate existing services onto cloud-based networks. The services will support operators in trimming time to value and managing the full lifecycle, including assessment, design, implementation and operational support.

“Rapid adoption of LTE and the 4G mobile core opens up a wealth of opportunities for new service creation for our customers,” said Shaygan Kheradpir, CEO of Juniper Networks (Nasdaq: JNPR), said in a statement.

“We believe operators need a High-IQ mobile edge that connects their infrastructure to the telco cloud and leverages network and service virtualization throughout.”

NSN and Juniper have long collaborated on projects.

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