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Nokia to provide data center switching portfolio for Microsoft’s data center networks

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Nokia has unveiled a plan to provide its data center switching solutions for Microsoft’s data center facilities.

The move will allow it to support the bandwidth growth to Microsoft Azure as part of what Nokia is calling a multi-faceted deal.

Microsoft and Nokia have collaborated for some time, but the latest step in meeting the demand for cloud services and cloud computing along with the move to 400GE is significant.

As part of the package, the company will supply its 7250 IXR chassis-based interconnect routers to support high-density 400GE applications in Microsoft’s ‘tier-2’ network architecture.

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In addition, Nokia will also be supplying fixed-form-factor platforms into other Microsoft network applications. This latest agreement builds upon the companies’ collaboration, which forms part of the open source SONiC initiative to develop chassis-based platforms focused on the requirements of high-capacity data centers.

Nokia claims its data center switching portfolio ticks a lot of boxes required by Microsoft, including the ability to scale and aggregate along with providing the interconnectivity required for modern data center networks. 

The 7250 IXR routers offer a broad range of high-performance chassis-based and fixed-form-factor options for data center top of rack (TOR), leaf, spine and super-spine applications. The platforms support port speeds up to 400GE, with a path to 800GE, along with comprehensive IP and Ethernet feature sets.

Vach Kompella, Vice President, IP Networks Division, Nokia, said: “Today’s data centers have their own unique operational challenges, and Nokia has been working closely for some time now with Microsoft to understand its evolving data center needs and requirements. Our expertise in building high-performance, chassis-based systems was a key factor in our selection.”

Meanwhile, David Maltz, Technical Fellow and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure Networking, added: “Nokia’s platforms were a natural choice to deliver the massive-scale interconnectivity that Microsoft requires. Nokia brings density, performance and flexibility to Microsoft’s data center networks and cloud environments and is partnering with Microsoft to deliver chassis switches running the open source networking operating system SONiC.”

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Rob Clymo has been a tech journalist for more years than he can actually remember, having started out in the wacky world of print magazines before discovering the power of the internet. Since he's been all-digital he has run the Innovation channel during a few years at Microsoft as well as turning out regular news, reviews, features and other content for the likes of TechRadar, TechRadar Pro, Tom's Guide, Fit&Well, Gizmodo, Shortlist, Automotive Interiors World, Automotive Testing Technology International, Future of Transportation and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International. In the rare moments he's not working he's usually out and about on one of numerous e-bikes in his collection.