NSN builds on telco cloud leadership with multi-stack cloud approach
Enables maximum agility and flexibility for telco cloud
Espoo, Finland - Nokia Solutions and Networks is reinforcing its multi-stack approach to telco cloud to give operators full flexibility in their choice of cloud platforms. In recent trials and proof of concept projects with Tier 1 operators, the company has demonstrated the reliability of its core virtualization and its capability to adapt cloud IT platforms to meet the demands of telco cloud.
Cloud computing technology is expected to help organizations achieve higher operational efficiency, greater flexibility, faster time-to-service and lower CAPEX and OPEX. NSN will continue to build on its experience and leadership position in telco cloud by leveraging common off-the-shelf hardware and any industry-dominant cloud stacks. The company’s approach to telco cloud, which is based on its Liquid Core* architecture, will enable mobile networks to support several cloud stacks simultaneously, achieving maximum flexibility while protecting investments.
“NSN supports multiple stack solutions such as OpenStack® and VMware,” said Thorsten Robrecht, VP of MBB Portfolio Management at NSN. “As well as enabling operators to increase the flexibility and agility of core network infrastructure, we are committed to creating a telco cloud ecosystem that supports the co-existence of traditional networks and cloud environments and gives operators the option of choosing the most competitive hardware and cloud platform for their specific needs.
“Our recent proof of concept projects demonstrated in practice how we enable telco cloud by running our core network software on top of virtualized network infrastructure. In the process, we are moving from the virtualization of single network elements to full cloud orchestration, including cloud application management.”
NSN has also launched its cloud-ready NetAct 8 , which helps simplify network operations, reduce operational expenses and deliver very high availability. NetAct 8 includes the NSN Cloud Application Manager, which provides off-the-shelf management, orchestration and elasticity for virtual network functions.
NSN’s multi-stack cloud approach demonstrates the company’s commitment to further developing carrier-grade telco cloud solutions. NSN is working closely on cloud technology with major operators, leading cloud stack vendors such as VMware Inc.**, open source cloud platforms such as OpenStack*** and ETSI Network Functions Virtualization Industry Specification (NFV) Group****.
For more information on how NSN is reinventing telcos for the cloud, as outlined in its Technology Vision 2020, join the webinar on 31 October.
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* Since the launch of Liquid Net in 2011, which also comprised its Liquid Radio and Liquid Core portfolio, NSN proved the feasibility of virtualized telco network elements in various domains. The approach has been confirmed in projects with major operators, and in 2013, NSN completed the world’s most comprehensive verification of LTE core voice services using a telco cloud environment. Since 2011, all proof-of-concept projects and lab trials have been based on commercial platforms and have evolved from pure network function virtualization to a comprehensive telco cloud environment.
** VMware Inc.’s virtualization and cloud technology is widely deployed in enterprises and operator data centers. NSN is a partner in VMware’s Technology Alliance Program, and the companies are working together to address requirements for virtual network functions and further improve cloud technology for carrier-grade telco clouds.
*** OpenStack is open source software for building clouds that enable businesses to rapidly roll out new products, add new features, and improve internal systems while preventing technology lock-in. NSN initiated its collaboration with the OpenStack Foundation in 2013 with the aim of addressing the requirements of network function virtualization and NSN’s telco cloud solution.
**** NSN is an active member and participates in all areas of the ETSI Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Industry Specification Group. NSN shares operator objectives for Network Function Virtualization software functions, and the elimination of proprietary hardware components. This work covers data and control plane functions, multi-tenancy, and automation as well as capabilities to enhance network flexibility and scalability with carrier grade security and resiliency.
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