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Nokia and Red Hat combine expertise in new partnership
Fri, 30th Jun 2023

Nokia and Red Hat partner to develop new telecommunications solutions based on the combination of infrastructure and network. 

Nokia and Red Hat, provider of open-source solutions, have agreed to tightly integrate Nokia's core network applications with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift. 

As part of the agreement, Nokia and Red Hat will jointly support and evolve existing Nokia Container Services (NCS) and Nokia CloudBand Infrastructure Software (CBIS) customers while developing a path to migrate to Red Hat's platforms over time. 

Additionally, Nokia will leverage Red Hat's infrastructure platforms to enable faster development and testing of Nokia's extensive core network portfolio.

Nokia customers will continue to be supported by Nokia directly, while Red Hat will provide Nokia with ongoing development, services and advanced care for Nokia NCS and CBIS. As customer cloud strategies evolve, Red Hat and Nokia will support a smooth transition path for customers who migrate to Red Hat's platforms.

In addition, specific Nokia cloud infrastructure teams will transition to Red Hat to provide continued roadmap evolution, deployment services and support on behalf of Nokia to its customers.

With this move, Nokia will adopt Red Hat as its primary cloud infrastructure platform to develop, test and deliver Nokia's core network applications. However, Nokia will continue to support its core network applications on the Nokia NCS and CBIS platform offerings.

Nokia's core network applications will be tightly integrated with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift, the hybrid cloud application platform powered by Kubernetes.

Nokia will certify Nokia's core network cloud-native network functions (CNFs) and virtualised network functions (VNFs) on Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

Customer deployment options will be on bare-metal, virtualised and public cloud telco infrastructure offerings, including those from Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft and others. 

Nokia cloud infrastructure platform customers will have the complete service and support of Red Hat's open-source ecosystem and access to Red Hat's transformative 4G and 5G technologies and use cases. 

By combining Nokia's 5G expertise with Red Hat's open hybrid cloud vision, customers can transform their core network infrastructure and applications to be fully cloud-native and future-ready with service and support from Red Hat as the industry accelerates to the edge.

Fran Heeran, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Core Networks, Cloud and Network Services, Nokia, says: "This agreement further demonstrates Nokia Cloud and Network Services' continued momentum to rebalance its portfolio."

"It will allow us to provide customers with our best-in-class core network applications, together with best-in-class cloud infrastructure from Red Hat, a global leader in open source infrastructure technology."

Darrell Jordan-Smith, Senior Vice President, Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment & Edge, Red Hat, says: "Red Hat recognises the explosive impact of 5G, not only for service providers, but across all industries, with the most exciting developments still to come." 

"5G is revolutionising how businesses and people interact with the development of next-generation applications, services and use cases." 

"As part of this partnership, Nokia is offering our multicloud, cloud native infrastructure together with their core networks applications, enabling service providers to capitalise on the 5G opportunity by deploying their 5G networks using Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift," says Jordan-Smith.