Nokia has in collaboration with Apple developed and launched a “new and modern Network Operating System (NOS).” These set of tools have a single objective – to help data centre networks handle the accelerating overload in traffic even as 5G and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies roll out.
Basil Alwan, President of IP and Optical Networks at Nokia, said “With decades of experience serving the world’s telecom operators, we understand the engineering challenges of building and operating business and mission-critical IP networks on a global scale. However, today’s massive data centres have their unique operational challenges. The SR Linux project was the proverbial’ clean-sheet’ rethink, drawing from our partnership with Apple and others. The resulting design is impressive in its depth and strikes the needed balance for the future.”
With this, Nokia improves data centre networking for all cloud builders – webscale companies, service providers and enterprises – empowering them to rapidly design, deploy, adapt and automate data centre network fabrics at massive scale to keep up with increasing business demand from 5G and Industry 4.0.
It also highlights Apple’s distinction as an early adopter. Adam Bechtel, Vice President and Networking lead at Apple, said, “We regularly upgrade our data centre equipment with technology to increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption. Using Nokia’s new system will enable better networking and routing capabilities in our Viborg, Denmark facility.” This has been in the making for quite some time. “We worked very closely with Apple over the last two-plus years to understand their requirements,” said Steve Vogelsang, Nokia’s chief technology officer for IP and optical business.
“We regularly upgrade our data centre equipment with technology to increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption. Using Nokia’s new system will enable better networking and routing capabilities in our Viborg, Denmark facility.”
The Finnish company had earlier on this week also announced that they would be collaborating with Microsoft in the open-source network operating system SONiC, which is used in the data centres of some of the largest cloud service providers.