Nokia to open three cloud collaboration hubs

In an effort to bolster its cloud initiative, Nokia announced it will open three new cloud collaboration hubs. One hub is currently open in Singapore, which will be followed by a hub in Irving, Texas in February and another in Reading, U.K.

Enterprises have been gradually shifting to the cloud over the last few years. In a Forrester Research survey consisting of 1,000 tech decision makers for North American and European enterprise infrastructure, 32% said they were building public clouds and 30% said they would embrace a type of cloud within the year. Hybrid cloud approaches are becoming popular too, with 59% of respondents saying they are embracing the model.

Nokia has been trying to stimulate cloud migration for some time. Last October, for instance, the company announced it was joining forces with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help advance the cloud. The new hubs follow these efforts by helping operators achieve their business goals and accelerate cloud adoption.

The hubs will include a multivendor lab set-up and experts co-located to help operators implement specific use cases based on their cloud strategies. Nokia said the cloud collaboration hubs will support a network of cloud delivery centers. The Finland-based company is also opening a new cloud delivery center in India to complement one in Hungary.

The new cloud collaboration hubs are based on Nokia’s UK-based Global Cloud Design Center, which opened in Fleet in September 2016. The center provides multi-vendor cloud solutions to operators globally, including the ability to integrate with virtual network functions (VNFs), IT applications and hybrid cloud solutions. Additionally, the new hubs offer tooling and automation, as well as DevOps-based cloud development and delivery.

“We are excited to announce the first of our network of Cloud Collaboration Hubs. This represents the next phase of our cloud professional services offering,” said Deepak Harie, head of Systems Integration, Global Services at Nokia. “The Cloud Collaboration Hub model helps make services tangible, and accelerates operators’ move towards becoming digital service providers.”

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