Nokia to supply switching solutions to Microsoft data centers

Nokia and Microsoft have signed the extension of the agreement they had, what will they do from now on heto telecommunications company supply switching solutions to Microsoft data centers. With this step, the Redmond data centers will have more capacity to overcome the growth of Microsoft Azure bandwidth, although this is one of the new points of the signed agreement.

Microsoft and Nokia have been collaborating for some time, but have now taken a major step, which among other things establishes that Nokia will supply its 7250 IXR chassis-based interconnect routers. In this way they will be able to support high-density 400GE applications on Microsoft’s layer 2 network architecture. The Finn will also supply fixed form factor platforms to other Microsoft networking applications.

This latest agreement builds on the collaboration of the companies, which in turn is part of the SONiC open source initiative to develop chassis-based platforms focused on high-capacity data center requirements. Nokia says its data center switching portfolio meets many of Microsoft’s requirements and needs, including the ability to scale and aggregate, as well as providing the interconnectivity needed for today’s data centers. Available in various options, the 7250 IXR family of routers supports port speeds up to 400GE, with a path up to 800GE and full IP and Ethernet feature sets.

Vach Komplella, Vice President of IP Networks Division at Nokiahas highlighted that «Today’s data centers have their own operational challenges, and Nokia has long worked closely with Microsoft to understand their evolving data center needs and requirements. our experience in developing high-performance chassis-based systems was a key factor in our selection«.

David Maltz, Technical Partner and Vice President of Microsoft Azure Networkinghas indicated for his part that «Nokia’s platforms were the natural choice to deliver the massive-scale interconnectivity that Microsoft needs. Nokia brings density, performance and flexibility to Microsoft data center networks as well as cloud environments and partners with Microsoft to offer chassis switches to run SONiC open source network operating system«.

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