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Nokia gets into bed with Amazon

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Nokia has announced a ‘strategic collaboration’ with Amazon Web Services, with the stated aim of helping telcos move to the cloud.

These seems to be quite a wide ranging partnership in which Nokia will help service providers migrate to AWS and AWS enterprise customers will be offered Nuage SD-WAN services. Additionally the two companies will collaborate on 5G and IoT use cases for service providers and other enterprise customers.

Here’s how they put it:

  • Nokia will support service providers in their AWS implementation strategy with a complete suite of services including consulting, design, integration, migration and operation for infrastructure and applications.
  • Nokia and AWS will work together to generate new 5G and Edge Cloud strategies and guidance for customers including reference architectures that enable both service providers and enterprises to benefit.
  • Nokia and AWS are working to bring an improved user experience for Nuage Networks SD-WAN customers who use AWS. Enterprises can benefit from this seamless integration with AWS and launch secure branch connectivity in hybrid environments with “Single Pane of Glass” capabilities.
  • Finally, the companies are commercializing IoT use cases with AWS Greengrass, Amazon Machine Learning, Nokia Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and Nokia IMPACT platform.

“Our collaboration with AWS will accelerate the migration of service provider applications to the cloud and enable us to forge new opportunities together by delivering on next-generation connectivity and cloud services,” said Kathrin Buvac, Nokia’s Chief Strategy Officer. “This is a wide-ranging collaboration, spanning our services capabilities in application migration, SD-WAN from Nuage Networks, 5G, and IoT, allowing new growth opportunities for our top customers across both the service provider and large enterprise market segments.”

“Service providers are accelerating their migration to AWS in order to drive innovation for their customers and deliver lower total cost of IT to their organizations,” said Terry Wise, Global VP of Channels and Alliances at AWS. “We are excited to partner with Nokia to accelerate cloud transformation for service providers, and enable the digital transformation journey for our mutual large enterprise customers.”

Nokia seems to be busy, bordering on hyperactive, these days. But amid the spam of recent weeks this announcement has the potential to be especially significant. Everyone knows the cloud will be vital to pretty much all the next telecoms megatrends, so becoming friends with benefits with the biggest cloud provider would seem to be a good career move for Nokia.

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