Juniper and Nokia Solutions Networks expand partnership to address telco clouds

Collaboration melds Nokia Solutions and Networks' Liquid Core system and Juniper’s MetaFabric datacentre architecture

Juniper Networks and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) have beefed up an existing partnership – established back in the Nokia Siemens days – to address provision of telco operator clouds for mobile broadband.

The collaboration brings together network functions virtualisation (NFV), capabilities from Nokia’s Liquid Core application suite, as well as its existing services capabilities, and Juniper’s MetaFabric datacentre architecture, including Contrail, a software-defined networking (SDN) based network virtualisation and cloud network automation system.

The duo believe that extending cloud NFV and automation capabilities to their carrier-grade networking domain will help vent some of the pressure on mobile operators to add new services, such as voice over LTE or evolved packet core.

The OpenStack-based telco cloud will ultimately offer automated application deployment, software-defined application connectivity and network management, as well as enabling application and networking elastic scalability, giving a clear migration path for operator customers to continue to exploit existing assets built according to current architectures.

It will be compliant with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute Network Functions Virtualisation (ETSI NFV) end-to-end reference architecture.

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Juniper CEO Shaygan Kheradpir said: “Rapid adoption of LTE and the 4G mobile core opens up a wealth of opportunities for new service creation for our customers.

“Operators need a high-IQ mobile edge that connects their infrastructure to the telco cloud and leverages network and service virtualisation throughout,” he said. “Nokia and Juniper are focused on providing open networking solutions that matter most to mobile operators to enable carriers to become cloud builders.”

Current Analysis vice-president Peter Jarich said the partnership fitted well into the evolution of how mobile operators deploy, operate and manage their networks through NFV and SDN in response to cloud growth.

In February, word got around that NSN was eyeing up an all-out purchase of Juniper as part of a strategic review intended to get things moving again following the sale of Nokia’s flagship mobile business to Microsoft, and strengthen its business in the US and Canada. The negotiations came to nothing.

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