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IBM and Nokia enter private 5G partnership

03. 03. 2023 Friday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

The communications technology provider and IT giant is offering the latest solution to the growing sector so that enterprises can benefit from secure, customized connectivity services enabled by the highly available 5G cloud network.

Taking the next steps in their history of joining forces to support enterprise customers, IBM and Nokia announced plans to build a "seamless, simplified private" 5G managed service that will offer private 5G solutions from IBM Cloud Satellite to enterprise customers.

Outlining what each partner can bring to the party, Nokia will bring its expertise in 5G networks and private wireless networks, while IBM will bring its case-based, cross-industry knowledge and experience in automation, artificial intelligence and hybrid cloud. to use. The companies see their partnership as a natural next step in collaboration as companies advance their digital transformation and continue to place a strong emphasis on their network connectivity.

IBM added that because customers are innovative at the edge, Cloud Satellite's solution can provide increased flexibility, performance, security and compliance capabilities. In addition, the two companies plan to explore opportunities for service providers to design, automatically build, instantly connect, operate and monitor their private 5G environments using a unified management stack.

Going forward, supported by IBM Consulting's systems integration expertise, Nokia announced that it will integrate IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation into the current joint bid approved by IBM for IBM Cloud Satellite deployment.

According to the companies, the result is that service providers can meet the new connectivity needs of enterprises in a flexible, simplified, automated way, which allows them to offer potentially large-scale enterprise connectivity solutions.

At the same time, IBM and Nokia believe that enterprises can benefit from secure, customized connectivity services enabled by a highly available 5G cloud network, allowing them to flexibly run applications and connect to multiple private 5G environments, regardless of their geographic location. regardless.

Speaking to Computer Weekly about the partnership, Ciarian Ryan, IBM's vice president for software networks, said that the IT giant saw a serious opportunity in the new partnership with Nokia, which will initially meet the needs of large companies, but in a more concentrated way. currently the major cloud providers.

"We are very excited because they can come with 5G technology, we can come with enterprise access. Enterprises are dealing with hybrid distribution of applications from hyperscalers in the data center to the edges,” he explained.

“Yet there is a sense of whether they are losing a little bit of control over the network. IBM has an application-centric view, and we're very focused on companies and how they grow revenue, maintain their brand and reputation, etc. It's all about the application and how we support them with that, maintain that control, Ryan added.

“[Private] 5G is one such option. Together, we feel we can automate the deployment and understanding of the entire stack from prime 5G to bare metal hardware… to the operating system and then automating the deployment of 5G infrastructure. So we think it's a very good combination.”

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