Nokia celebrates China Mobile SDN win for Nuage

There’s nothing Nokia likes more than trumpeting a deal win for its Nuage Networks SDN unit and this time it’s with the world’s biggest operator.

It’s actually a subsidiary called China Mobile (Suzhou) Software Technical Company that has chosen Nuage to provide the SDN platform for its public and private enterprise cloud services offering. The platform includes all kinds of juicy cloud buzzwords, including virtual machines, Kubernetes (K8S) containers and OpenStack Ironic-based bare metal servers.

Nokia says the Nuage Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) is nice and flexible, allowing it to support multiple cloud management systems, hypervisor and workload types, which seems to be something that appealed to China Mobile.

“Having a strong relationship with CMCC based on the work we’ve already done with them, we were especially pleased to be chosen to continue with this important project,” said Nuage CEO Sunil Khandekar. “The Nuage Networks solution allows CMCC to offer some very dynamic, high performing and attractive cloud services for their customers.”

The big kit vendors seem to be ramping up their deal-win virtue signalling, presumably trying to generate/demonstrate commercial momentum in the build up to the 5G feeding frenzy they’re all desperately hoping will take place in the next few years. But even in that context Nuage seems especially needy, and most of all in China, which maybe says something about Nokia’s strategic priorities.

Nokia’s Nuage Networks lands strategically significant Chinese SDN gig

Nuage Networks, a bit of Nokia devoted to software-defined networking, has won some datacentre work with the China Pacific Insurance Company.

This is a pure-play SDN gig in which Nuage is acting more as a system integrator than a networking vendor, in keeping with Nokia’s broader diversification strategy. The project revolves around Nuage’s Virtualized Service Platform, which will be used in two CPIC data centers to move a lot of the company’s IT into the cloud.

As well as bolstering Nuage and Nokia’s credibility in the IT services game, the deals also gives it some traction in the financial services vertical and a shot of credibility in the massive Chinese market. The contract was won via Nokia Shanghai Bell.

“Nuage Networks VSP has clear momentum in the telecoms industry, and we’re excited to bring that same technology to large enterprises here in China, in this case helping CPIC deliver a unified cloud experience,” said Jin Jian, Head of the Enterprise & Public Sector unit at Nokia Shanghai Bell. “Working with a top insurer like CPIC serves as an excellent reference for the broader industry, and we see this as an opportunity to win more large enterprise projects in China, continuing Nokia’s push into vertical markets beyond the telecoms space.”

Most of the emerging telecoms megatrends, such as virtualization, 5G and IoT lean heavily on datacenters, generally considered to be more of an IT sector thing. How the telecoms industry handles the growing confluence of these two sectors will be critical to its future success, so deals such as this have a significance beyond the immediate business they provide. You can read more analysis on this news at Light Reading here.