Nokia Networks and Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) have extended their collaboration to enable mobile operators to create a more efficient and flexible telco cloud infrastructure. The agreement bundles Nokia Networks' carrier-grade virtualized core applications and cloud application management products with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform*.
"By bringing our carrier-grade OpenStack platform to Nokia Networks' virtualized core applications and cloud application management products, we're aiming to help carriers deliver the cloud-based services that will drive the future of this industry."
Nokia Networks' approach is to ensure the independence of its Liquid Core** application suite from underlying hardware, cloud stack and software-defined networking (SDN) software. The collaboration with Red Hat enhances its ecosystem of cloud infrastructure partners, giving operators a wide choice of solutions to best fit their telco cloud strategy. Red Hat is the largest contributor to OpenStack, and this extended collaboration is further proof of Nokia Networks' commitment to its multi-stack cloud approach.
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* Nokia Networks is committed to supporting multiple cloud stacks, including virtualization solutions and OpenStack. 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 avoiding operators being locked in to a specific vendor. Nokia Networks initiated its collaboration with the OpenStack Foundation in 2013 with the aim of addressing the requirements of network function virtualization and its telco cloud solution.
** Nokia Networks offers a fully virtualized Liquid Core portfolio in line with the ETSI NFV guidelines and architectural principles. This mobile and fixed core portfolio for the cloud is supported by the Nokia Cloud Application Manager for managing virtualized applications in the telco cloud. Furthermore, the Nokia NetAct Operations Support System ensures seamless operation across virtualized and non-virtualized network elements.
*** NFV stands for Network Functions Virtualization, an ETSI working group aiming to harmonize the various approaches to implement cloud-enabled solutions.