Equinix will deploy a new Nokia IP/MPLS network infrastructure to support its global interconnection services. As one of the world’s largest colocation providers, Equinix currently runs services on multiple networks from multiple vendors. With the new network, Equinix will be able to consolidate into one, laying the groundwork for customers to deploy 5G networks and services.
A fundamental shift in network design is critical to support 5G service capabilities, stated Nokia. To accommodate ultra-low latency, high capacity and deliver the power to connect multiple devices and systems into one – seamless as an automated whole. In response, Equinix is replacing its older multi-vendor networks with a single global IP/MPLS network from Nokia, powered by its innovative FP4 routing silicon and Network Services Platform (NSP).
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“We are working closely with Equinix to help advance its network and facilitate the transformation and delivery of 5G services,” said Sri Reddy, Co-President of IP/Optical Networks, Nokia. “Our end-to-end portfolio was designed precisely to support this industrial transformation with a highly flexible, scalable and programmable network fabric that will be the ideal platform for 5G in the future. It is exciting to work with Equinix to help deliver this to its customers around the world.”
EVPN and Segment Routing
With an end-to-end portfolio, including the Nokia FP4-powered routing family, Nokia is working in partnership with operators to deliver real 5G. The FP4 chipset is one of the industry’s leading network processors for high-performance routing. It is setting the bar for density and scale. Paired with Nokia’s Service Router Operating System (SR OS) software, it would enable Equinix to offer additional capabilities driven by routing technologies such as Ethernet VPNs (EVPNs) and segment routing (SR).
“We see tremendous opportunity in providing our customers with 5G network services, but this poses special demands for our network, from ultra-low latency to ultra-broadband performance, all with business- and mission-critical reliability,” said Muhammad Durrani, Director of IP Architecure for Equinix. “Nokia’s end-to-end router portfolio will provide us with the highly dynamic and programmable network fabric we need, and we are pleased to have the support of the Nokia team every step of the way.”
The announcement followsd the news of Equinix being selected by Nokia as a strategic supplier for Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) managed service. This collaboration is intended to bring “next-generation” edge architectures and services to market. WING would allow operators without an IoT footprint to gain fast entry to the IoT market or to help operators expand an existing IoT business. Nokia is leveraging Equinix IBX data centers to deploy both core and edge nodes to support mobile, IoT and cloud connectivity at global scale.