Telecom operator Vodafone has selected Nokia as the supplier of software-defined networking (SDN).
Nuage Networks, the Nokia SDN venture, will be the supplier for SDN for the datacenter. As part of the selection, a VPN+ live pilot project with Vodafone is also underway, which will demonstrate the benefits of SD-WAN in providing NFV and IoT applications.
Sunil Khandekar, the founder and chief executive officer of Nuage Networks from Nokia, was instrumental in signing the SDN deal with Vodafone.
The Nuage Networks Virtualized Service Platform (VSP), which will be at the heart of the Vodafone deployments, is the only network virtualization, SDN and automation solution offering a single framework to provide policy-based automation across both the datacenter and WAN.
The Nuage Networks Virtualized Service Platform empowers customers to transform their IT and build automated and agile application delivery and cloud networks. The 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.
“We look forward to working closely with Nokia on the successful roll-out of our Vodafone Ocean implementation and our new SD-WAN with our enterprise customers. An open, multi-vendor SDN infrastructure is key for delivering better, faster and smarter services to our customers,” said David Amzallag, head of network virtualization, Vodafone Group.