Nokia said the five-year deal with Google reflects its own operational shift to a cloud-first IT strategy that aims to enhance collaboration and innovation among its own employees and speed up delivery of its services to customers.
"It's an honor to work with Nokia to help modernize its infrastructure on Google Cloud", the president of Google's cloud division, Rob Enslin, said. These efforts are geared towards operational efficiencies and cost savings as the company will eventually reduce its real estate footprint, hardware energy consumption and hardware capacity purchasing needs.
The migration to Google's cloud is no small undertaking, but Nokia said it has worked with Google to create a highly customized approach involving systems integrators and specialist engineers that should enable it to happen within 18 to 24 months.
Nokia's infrastructure and applications will run in the public cloud or is a software-as-a-service model for the future. Deployment of the migration started and is expected to extend over an 18- to 24-month period. It didn't name any specific services but Nokia expects it to help accelerate cost optimization and efficiency.
Nokia isn't the only company looking to utilize Cloud. "This is crucial for how our employees collaborate so that we continue to raise the bar on meeting the needs of our customers", said Ravi Parmasad, Vice President of Global IT Infrastructure at Nokia.
China's Huawei is considered as well out in front in terms of the technology's roll-out for next-generation connections although it is subject to a raft of US-imposed restrictions in Europe and in the United States over alleged security reservations amid fears the Chinese can spy on mobile data. Nokia's enterprise customers have deployed over 1,300 industrial networks worldwide.
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