Red Hat dials into Nokia to transform core network applications

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Nokia and Red Hat have entered into a strategic partnership to integrate Nokia’s core network applications with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift.

As part of this agreement, Nokia and Red Hat will support and evolve Nokia Container Services (NCS) and Nokia CloudBank Infrastructure Software (CBIS) customers while developing a path for customers to migrate to Red Hat’s platform over time. Additionally, Nokia will leverage Red Hat’s infrastructure platforms to enable faster development and the testing of Nokia’s extensive core network portfolio.

Nokia customers will continue to be supported by Nokia, while Red Hat will provide Nokia with ongoing development, services and advanced care for Nokia NCS and CBIS. Both companies will support a smooth transition path for customers who choose to migrate to Red Hat’s platforms. In addition, certain Nokia cloud infrastructure teams will transition to Red Hat to provide continued roadmap evolution, deployment services and support on behalf of Nokia to its customers.

Darrell Jordan-Smith, senior vice president, telecommunications, media and entertainment and edge, Red Hat, said: “Red Hat recognizes the explosive impact of 5G – not only for service providers, but across all industries – with the most exciting developments still to come. 5G is revolutionizing how businesses and people interact with the development of next-generation applications, services and use cases. As part of this partnership, Nokia is offering our multicloud, cloud native infrastructure together with their core networks applications, enabling service providers to capitalize on the 5G opportunity by deploying their 5G networks using Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift.”

Fran Heeran, senior vice president and general manager of core networks, cloud and network services, Nokia, said: “This agreement further demonstrates Nokia Cloud and Network Service’s continued momentum to rebalance its portfolio. It will allow us to provide customers with our best-in-class core network applications, together with best-in-class cloud infrastructure from Red Hat, a global leader in open source infrastructure technology.”