Nokia has signed an agreement with tech giant Google to migrate its data centers, servers and software applications onto Google Cloud.
The five-year deal will see Nokia use Google Cloud’s suite of cloud products and features to exit its IT data centres and servers smoothly and swiftly, while Google will deploy its systems integrators, solutions specialists, and engineers to assist Nokia in the migration process.
“We are excited to help Nokia revamp its IT infrastructure with our backbone network and our approach to data security, using advanced software-defined networking,” said Rob Enslin, President of Google Cloud.
The deal is in line with Nokia’s shift to a cloud-first strategy and aggressive efforts to transform its global digital operations to expand innovation capabilities.
“We look forward to providing the full menu of our capabilities to help Nokia deliver on its cloud-first strategy and reach its performance requirements,” added Mr. Enslin.
Google Cloud will bring its technologies, including networking and data analytics, to revamp Nokia’s IT infrastructure; this will not only help Nokia enhance its performance as a company but also decrease its carbon footprint.
“Nokia is on a digital transformation path that is about fundamentally changing how we operate and do business. This is crucial for how our employees collaborate so that we continue to raise the bar on meeting the needs of our customers,” said Ravi Parmasad, Vice President of Global IT Infrastructure at Nokia.
The agreement is expected to drive meaningful operational efficiencies and cost savings over time due to a reduction in real estate footprint, hardware energy consumption, and hardware capacity purchasing needs.
“We are very pleased that Google Cloud, with its engineering and operational excellence, is joining our transformation work to help us deliver on the many goals we have set,” commented Mr. Parmasad.
Nokia and Google Cloud have worked together for the past few months to design a customised migration approach that will allow Nokia to exit its IT data centers on a rapid schedule, while minimising business impact and setting a strong foundation for the future.
“Given Nokia’s digital ambitions and plans, this is an ideal time for Nokia to be taking this step with Google Cloud to accelerate our efforts; and doing all of this in a secure and scalable way,” said Mr. Parmasad.
Nokia’s migration onto Google’s public cloud and software-as-a-service models has already started, and is expected to extend over 18 to 24 months.
In September, Equinix announced a partnership with Nokia to bring next-generation edge architectures and services to market, particularly as 5G is expected to increase the need for edge data centers.
Nokia has been aggressive in its 5G strategy with more than 100 deals across the world, particularly as their rival Huawei is being pushed out of countries like the United Kingdom and the United States.
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