“Supercharging” CSP data center fabric to scale seamlessly to the edge

Nokia announced Adaptive Cloud Networking this week. The company described the new solution as “strengthening a service provider’s data center fabric and expanding its operations seamlessly into the edge clouds.” Adaptive Cloud Network consists of data center fabric elements, edge cloud network automation tools, and seamless interconnect technology.

The mass adoption of 5G and the transition to cloud-native operations pose major operational challenges for Communication Service Providers (CSPs), said Pat McCabe, senior marketing manager for Nokia’s IP network portfolio. As CSPs grapple with 5G monetization strategies, their networks must remain flexible and dynamic to meet the needs of a new generation of 5G-dependent services.

“How do they provide, manage and orchestrate network connectivity to support the mass adoption of these new 5G-enabled services” in an increasingly complicated network environment?

McCabe told RCR Wireless that Nokia’s Adaptive Cloud Networking, announced this week at MWC Barcelona, ​​is the answer. The advantage of Adaptive Cloud Networking, McCabe explains, is that it provides seamless connectivity while being scalable across the entire network, from the smallest edge site, even on-premise, to the largest regional data center.

Adaptive Cloud Networking is based on three core elements: Nokia’s Fabric Services System, the new Edge Network Controller and Nokia’s Network Services platform to glue everything together. The idea is to provide CSPs with NetOps drive automation capabilities to enable new 5G services seamlessly across the network and with predictable and repeatable performance.

The Fabric Services System is Nokia’s materials management and automation platform for data centers. Integrating into data center fabric automation, the Fabric Services system provides a “digital sandbox” that McCabe says can be used to test and validate network changes before they are made. Nokia recently revamped its Fabric Services system to meet the needs of both hyperscalers and CSPs, McCabe said.

The Edge Network Controller is a new release from Nokia. It is a lightweight Kubernetes app specially designed for edge cloud locations. It works with both SR Linux – Nokia’s custom Network Operating System (NOS) Linux build for service routers – and the Nokia Service Router operating system. (SROS). The low overhead app supports a plug-in architecture to enable SR OS and other network operating systems and tools.

Interconnect between data center and edge is managed by NSP, Nokia’s intent-based network automation platform.

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