Microsoft taps Nokia for data centre switching

Created May 4, 2022
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Nokia says it will provide its data centre switching solutions for Microsoft’s data centre facilities to support the bandwidth growth to Microsoft Azure as part of a multi-faceted deal. The deal expands the long-standing relationship between the companies, who have been working together to bring massively scaled, agile and highly resilient networking to the data centre environment.

Nokia’s next-generation data centre switching portfolio platforms deliver the scale, openness, aggregation and interconnectivity required for modern data centre networks. The 7250 IXR offers a broad range of high-performance chassis-based and fixed-form-factor options for data centre 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.

With the significant growth of cloud services and cloud computing and the move to 400GE, Nokia will supply its 7250 IXR chassis-based interconnect routers to support high-density 400GE applications in Microsoft’s ‘tier-2’ network architecture. Nokia will also be supplying fixed-form-factor platforms into other Microsoft network applications. This new agreement builds upon the companies’ collaboration as part of the open source SONiC initiative to develop chassis-based platforms focused on the requirements of high-capacity data centres.

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

David Maltz, technical fellow and corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure Networking, said, “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 centre networks and cloud environments and is partnering with Microsoft to deliver chassis switches running the open source networking operating system SONiC.”

For more information, visit www.nokia.com

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.