Nokia strengthens collaboration with Microsoft as part of SONiC initiative

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Nokia has announced its collaboration with Microsoft as part of the SONiC initiative, an open source network operating system based on Linux that has been production-hardened in the data centers of some of the largest cloud-service providers.

Nokia has extended its commitment to datacenter networks with contributions to SONiC ecosystem led by Microsoft. The company is making significant development investments in the datacenter networking space. Chassis-based SONiC implementation leverages Nokia’s strength in delivering robust networks at massive scale.

Leveraging over 20 years of experience building some of the world’s largest IP networks, Nokia has developed a robust chassis-based SONiC implementation focused on the requirements of high capacity data centers.

Nokia is strongly committed to delivering the most robust network infrastructures possible with a keen focus on resilient and efficient operations at scale.

Sri Reddy, President of IP and Optical Networks at Nokia, said: “The SONiC initiative represents yet another dimension of our collaboration with Microsoft, and is consistent with our commitment to customers building the biggest and most advanced datacenter infrastructures. We are happy to bring our experience to bear in delivering the most robust and capable chassis-based SONiC implementation possible.”

Yousef Khalidi, CVP Azure Networking at Microsoft Corp., said: “We are pleased to be working with Nokia as part of the SONiC initiative. Their contributions to the community on chassis-based SONiC are raising the bar on what is possible and what is needed. We are happy to see networking suppliers like Nokia, with over a million routers deployed, contributing to our community.”