Telecommunications giant Nokia Corp and Google have recently announced a five-year strategic collaboration wherein Nokia will migrate its on-premise IT infrastructure to Google Cloud. Nokia will migrate its data centers, servers, and various software applications around the world to Google Cloud Platform. Nokia is looking forward to transform and strengthen its digital operations globally, and this deal will play a significant role in Nokia’s ‘cloud-first IT strategy.’ The agreement will also save costs for Nokia over time and drive operational efficiency.
Under the terms of the deal, Nokia will also use Google Cloud’s compute, network, and storage services going ahead. For the past few months, the two have been working together to outline a customized migration approach, to ensure the move to cloud has no impact on business. Google Cloud has deployed solutions specialists, systems integrators, and engineers to ensure a smooth migration. The deployment for this migration has already started and is expected to extend over an 18-24 month period.
Rob Enslin, the President at Google Cloud, talked about the deal and stated: “It’s an honor to work with Nokia to help modernize 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.”
Ravi Parmasad, Global VP of IT Infrastructure at Nokia, also 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.”
With this agreement, Nokia aims to enhance collaboration and innovation among its own employees and speed up service delivery for its customers. The company also expects to see notable cost savings from the move as it will lower its energy consumption costs and eliminate the need to buy new hardware.