Nokia and Google ink ‘transformative’ five-year cloud deal

By Paddy Smith
Nokia will migrate its entire IT infrastructure to Google Cloud as part of a digital transformation drive...

Nokia has signed a five-year deal with Google to migrate its on-premises IT infrastructure to the cloud.

The Finnish telecoms equipment manufacturer is undertaking the move to Google Cloud as part of a broader transformation that will see it rationalise its property holdings and undertake other cost-saving measures. It says this will allow it to improve its innovation capabilities.

Nokia's journey to digital transformation

Google Cloud will host Nokia’s data, global servers and much of its software applications in a deal described as infrastructure-as-a-service.

Migration of the company's digital systems and assets has already begun, but is expected to take up to two years to complete. Google is putting specialists on the project to handle integration, solutions and engineering requirements.

Nokia is moving to a cloud-first IT approach which it hopes will improve agility, collaboration and innovation.

Ravi Parmasad, VP global IT infrastructure at Nokia, said, “Nokia is on a digital transformation path that is about fundamentally changing how we operate and do business. This is crucial for how our employees collaborate so that we continue to raise the bar on meeting the needs of our customers.

“We are very pleased that Google Cloud, with its engineering and operational excellence, is joining our transformation work to help us deliver on the many goals we have set. Given Nokia’s digital ambitions and plans, this is an ideal time for Nokia to be taking this step with Google Cloud to accelerate our efforts; and doing all of this in a secure and scalable way.”

Rob Enslin, president cloud sales at Google, said, “It’s an honour to work with Nokia to help modernise its infrastructure on Google Cloud. We look forward to bringing our leading networking, data analytics, AI/ML, and other technologies to empower Nokia to deliver a cloud-first strategy and better serve its customers.

“We are excited to help Nokia revamp its IT infrastructure with our backbone network and our approach to data security, using advanced software-defined networking. We look forward to providing the full menu of our capabilities to help Nokia deliver on its cloud-first strategy and reach its performance requirements.”

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