atNorth picks Nokia to enable data center fabric across the Nordics


Nokia has announced its data center interconnect routers have been selected by atNorth, a leading Pan-Nordic data center services company, to enable the expansion of the operator’s market share in the Nordic region.

The Nokia 7220 IXR D2/D3 interconnect routers, implementing the Nokia SR Linux network operating system (NOS), will be deployed as core switching data center leaf platforms for atNorth’s data center fabric. The data center deployment is based on bare metal servers running OpenStack Ironic, which integrates with Nokia SR Linux NOS via open-source upstream code. This provides enhanced visibility to automate network provisioning, additional network stability, and the ability to perform tasks such as multi leaf redundancy in access.

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Nokia’s data center hardware platforms feature eco-friendly designs and innovations, which drive down power consumption and improve total cost of ownership (TCO). atNorth’s HPC & AI services support the toughest and most demanding HPC and AI workloads, providing up to 100 percent more compute than any other solution to deliver uncompromised performance and low latency levels. Its HPCaaS (High Performance Computing as a Service) solutions combine decarbonization with performance to offer lower TCO with flexible capacity, storage and support that automatically scales to workloads.

Guy D’Hauwers, Director, HPC & AI for atNorth, said: “Sustainability is a core company value with our data centers running on 100 percent renewable energy resources and supporting circular economy principles. Nokia, with its power-efficient and state-of-the-art hardware design solution, is a natural vendor partner for atNorth as we grow and expand our services across the Nordics.”

Manolo Ortiz, Senior Vice President, Webscale Business EMEA at Nokia, said: “atNorth offers its customers reliable, scalable, high-performance computing capabilities that draw on renewable environmental resources to power its sites in the most sustainable and economic way possible. We are delighted they have selected Nokia’s 7220 IXR platforms to support their company initiatives and expansion of their business.”