This solution from Nokia provides OpenColo with scalable data center switching hardware and an open, programmable network operating system (NOS) with NetOps toolkit. This allows OpenColo to meet rapidly growing customer needs and support future 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT) services.

Scott Brookshire, CTO of Energy Group Networks, parent company of OpenColo, said: “Nokia and its SR Linux was an easy choice. We wanted a solution that was extensible, open, supported telemetry and gNMI, and was provided by a company that transforms networking both on the hardware and software side. Even more, we needed a partner that understands our needs and can work very closely with us to reimagine our architecture and solve some of our biggest problems. We also appreciated that Nokia builds and supports its hardware, so we have a single vendor to manage and work with should we ever run into problems.”

In particular, Nokia will provide its 7220 Interconnect Router (IXR) for data center switching platforms and SR Linux, its network operating system (NOS), to OpenColo, a California-based international colocation provider. This will help automate data center network operations and improve operational efficiency with fewer risks in OpenColo’s bare metal and managed servers, cloud streaming, and data center connectivity.

OpenColo is also using the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) to interconnect its data centers using dual optical fiber connections running at 100Gbps. With the Nokia 7750 Service Router (SR), OpenColo leverages IP routing within and between its data centers, including peering and interconnection to multiple service providers.

Steve Vogelsang, CTO and head of strategy for Nokia’s IP and optical business, said: “Data center hosting and colocation providers increasingly need open data center switching solutions that scale to support growing business needs and integrate easily into their existing data center operations. In addition, they need the highest capacity and stability for their networks to provide the most reliable services to their customers. Nokia’s data center switching, IP, and optical capabilities are powering OpenColo’s data center infrastructure and providing the end-to-end capacity, performance, and reliability that OpenColo’s customers depend on and are needed for future services such as 5G, IoT, and AI.”

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