Microsoft and Nokia accelerate Industry 4.0

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Microsoft and Nokia have entered into a strategic partnership to accelerate transformation and innovation across industries with cloud, AI and IoT.

By combining Microsoft cloud solutions with Nokia’s expertise in networking, both are uniquely placed to help enterprises and communications service providers (CSPs) transform their businesses.

“Bringing together Microsoft’s and Nokia’s expertise in cloud, AI, IoT and networking will unlock new connectivity and automation scenarios,” said Jason Zander, executive vice president, Microsoft Azure. “We’re excited about the opportunities this will create for our joint customers across industries.”

Bringing together Microsoft’s Azure, Azure IoT, Azure AI and machine learning solutions with Nokia’s LTE/5G-ready private wireless solutions, IP, SD-WAN, and IoT connectivity offerings, the companies will drive industrial digitalisation and automation across enterprises and enable CSPs to offer new services to enterprise customers.

BT has become the first CSP to offer its enterprise customers a managed service that integrates Microsoft Azure cloud and Nokia SD-WAN solutions. As result, BT customers can access this through Microsoft Lighthouse customer automated delegated rights service, which enables BT to manage both the customer Azure vWAN and the unique Agile Connect SD-WAN, based on Nokia’s Nuage SD-WAN 2.0.

“We are thrilled to unite Nokia’s mission-critical networks with Microsoft’s cloud solutions,” added Kathrin Buvac, president of Nokia Enterprise and chief strategy officer. “Together, we will accelerate the digital transformation journey towards Industry 4.0, driving economic growth and productivity for both enterprises and service providers.”

Microsoft and Nokia are collaborating to host Nokia’s Analytics, Virtualization and Automation (AVA) cognitive services solutions on Azure. These AI solutions will enable CSPs to move out of private data centres and into the Azure cloud to realise cost savings and transform operations for 5G.

By working together, both Nokia and Microsoft are delivering solutions that will simplify and accelerate the Industry 4.0 journey for enterprises, as well as enabling CSPs to support their customers realise the potential of industrial digitalisation and automation while also optimising and better differentiating their own businesses.