Nokia picks SDN contract from Vodafone signs Nokia’s Nuage Networks

Nokia's subsidiary Nuage Networks has been selected by Vodafone to be a global supplier of software-defined networking (SDN) for the latter's datacenter.

Vodafone Group tapped Nokia’s Nuage Networks division to supply a software-defined networking platform for the carrier’s data centers and to power its VPN+ pilot of software-defined wide area network services.

Nokia noted the Nuage Networks Virtualized Service Platform provides a single framework for policy based automation across the data center and WAN deployment, which can help telecom operators synchronize their multiprotocol label switching virtual private network, hybrid WAN and hosted cloud services. The platform is also said to support cloud orchestration platforms based on open source standards like OpenStack and CloudStack

The Nuage Networks Virtualized Service Platform (VSP) empowers customers to transform their IT and build truly automated and agile application delivery and cloud networks. The end-to-end policy-based automation provided by VSP, across datacenter, WAN sites and public cloud providers, delivers synergy across network offerings, such as MPLS VPN and hybrid WAN services as well as hosted cloud services, by leading service providers such as Vodafone and other large cloud providers.

"Nokia started the SDN/NFV journey with Vodafone more than three years ago, so we are now honored to be selected as a partner and to be awarded as a global supplier for SDN solutions. We are pleased that our Nuage Networks solution is Vodafone's top selection to transform their datacenter applications and VPN+ service offer with the highest levels of agility, simplicity and automated flexibility for all users," Sunil Khandekar, founder and chief executive officer of Nuage Networks from Nokia, said.

Nokia last year was cited by IHS Markit as one of the telecom market’s top SDN vendors based on a survey of global services providers that had deployed or planned to deploy SDN and NFV platforms. The vendor was singled out as having the greatest brand awareness in terms of SDN orchestration software.

IDC last year forecast the SD-WAN space to reach $6 billion in technology and service sales by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of more than 90% over the next five years.