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China Mobile Bets on Cloud, SDN with Nuage

January 12, 2017

Software-defined networking and its sibling NFV are serving networks well; early reticence has given way to exuberance toward these burgeoning areas of development. These two areas of innovation are a focus of Nokia’s Nuage Networks, who announced today that China Mobile has chosen its Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) to deploy its first commercial public cloud project utilizing SDN.

China’s largest telecom is in the midst of a massive expansion of its data center network. The primary reason for selecting Nuage was a need for a highly scalable solution, which is capable of supporting a network of around 2000 public cloud servers in Guangzhou and Bejing. In deploying the VSP, the multi-tenant data center networks can be virtualized, and its set of features offered to customers is expanded.

In specific, data center connectivity scales and optimizes; high performance is enabled by SDN and policy-based automation for cloud deployments; the framework automates security, configuration, management and network optimization; a central policy manager and SDN to tune and automate processes; and the VPS utilizes a wide range of open source reference architectures to provide this highly-scalable , virtual networking environment.

Yu Xiaohan, Head of Customer Business Team, CMCC at Nokia Networks China noted,  “The successful track record of Nuage Networks' VSP in

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major operators' clouds around the world, and our philosophy of building open cloud environments that avoid customer lock-in, were both instrumental in our ability to win China Mobile's first open bid for its datacenter SDN. We are excited to assist China Mobile to build a large-scale, high-performance cloud that includes all of the features required to meet their customers' needs.”

Once considered a technology of the future, SDN is certainly enjoying some time in the sun today. And as people continue to push the limits of what’s possible, it’s fair to say this is simply the tip of the software iceberg.

Edited by Alicia Young

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