Nokia and Juniper Networks announced an expanded partnership to deliver virtualized network platforms for mobile operators. The deal covers Nokia's Liquid Core solution, including network function virtualization (NFV) and telco cloud management and orchestration, and Juniper's MetaFabric data center architecture, including Contrail -- Juniper's network virtualization and cloud network automation solution based on software-defined networking (SDN).
The companies said their bundled solution will provide operators with an open ecosystem telco cloud solution, based on Open
Key elements include:
- Nokia will provide its Liquid Core application suites with the existing multi-platform software, which reutilizes all the investments previously done in localized/customized software functionalities. Liquid Core is implemented as virtualized network functions (e.g., virtualized Mobile Management Entity (MME), virtualized IMS, virtualized Home Subscriber Server (HSS)). Liquid Core also includes Nokia's cloud-ready NetAct network management solution and Cloud Application Manager, which brings the required orchestration functions to build end-to-end services like voice over LTE (VoLTE) or evolved packet core (EPC) in the cloud.
- The Juniper Networks MetaFabric architecture and Contrail SDN/NFV controller will enable operators to create a High-IQ mobile edge that is secure, automated and scalable to support the rapid creation of new services based on actionable intelligence. MetaFabric together with Contrail will enable an open and cost effective cloud infrastructure solution that readily integrates with Juniper's portfolio of high-performance networking platforms.
- In addition to the technology components, Nokia is also providing its end-to-end services to help operators implement their own telco clouds and migrate existing telco services to cloud-based networks. This broad portfolio of services, some of which will tap into Juniper's expertise, will enable operators to reduce time to value and address the complete lifecycle from assessment, design, implementation and operational support.
"Nokia is a pioneer in telco cloud mobile networking solutions, establishing an unmatched track record in telco cloud innovation," said Rajeev Suri, president and CEO of Nokia. "By collaborating with Juniper, we are taking the next step together, enabling operators to take full advantage of the cloud with a clear path towards the robustness and scale of interconnected datacenters."
"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. "We believe operators need a High-IQ mobile edge that connects their infrastructure to the telco cloud and leverages network and service virtualization throughout. Nokia and Juniper are focused on providing open networking solutions that matter most to mobile operators to enable carriers to become Cloud Builders in order to speed service delivery and optimize their cloud networks."