Nokia, Amazon Web Services partner to facilitate service provider, business cloud transition

Nokia has established a strategic alliance with Amazon Web Services (AWS) with an eye toward helping service providers and their business customers migrate applications to the cloud.

The two companies will work to deliver solutions using Nokia SD-WAN and its IMPACT IoT platform in combination with AWS Greengrass, machine learning and artificial intelligence services.

Such partnerships are relevant at a time when service providers have become onramps to cloud providers like AWS and Microsoft Azure. For Nokia, the alliance will also potentially strengthen the bond it is trying to create with enterprises by establishing a new division dedicated to key verticals like financial and health care.

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AWS and Nokia’s agreement will address four areas of collaboration:

  1. Implementation: Nokia will support service providers in their AWS implementation strategy with a complete suite of services including consulting, design, integration, migration and operation for infrastructure and applications.
  2. 5G, Edge Cloud: Nokia and AWS will work together to generate new 5G and Edge Cloud strategies and guidance for customers including reference architectures that enable both service providers and enterprises to benefit.
  3. SD-WAN: Nokia and AWS will bring what the duo says is an improved user experience for Nuage Networks SD-WAN customers who use AWS. Enterprises will benefit from this seamless integration with AWS and launch secure branch connectivity in hybrid environments with "Single Pane of Glass" capabilities.
  4. IoT: Companies can commercialize IoT use cases with AWS Greengrass, Amazon Machine Learning, Nokia Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and Nokia IMPACT platform.

"Our collaboration with AWS will accelerate the migration of service provider applications to the cloud and enable us to forge new opportunities together by delivering on next-generation connectivity and cloud services,” said Kathrin Buvac, Chief Strategy Officer for Nokia, in a release. “This is a wide-ranging collaboration, spanning our services capabilities in application migration, SD-WAN from Nuage Networks, 5G, and IoT, allowing new growth opportunities for our top customers across both the service provider and large enterprise market segments."