Intelligent Data Centres Issue 47 | Page 51

Nokia solutions enable Africa Data Centres to deliver transparent and reliable connectivity

Nokia has announced it is providing its 7250 IXR ( interconnect router ) platforms with 400G-enabled interfaces to Africa Data Centres , one of the continent ’ s largest providers of interconnected , carrier- and cloud-neutral data centre facilities .

The solution will enable Africa Data Centres , a business of Cassava Technologies , a pan-African technology group , to offer cost-effective , highcapacity interconnection services to its customers in multiple African countries .
Africa Data Centres will deploy the 7250 IXR routers running the Nokia Service Router Operating System ( SR OS ) to run Metro Ethernet Forum ( MEF ) 3.0 certified interconnection services . The platform will enable Africa Data Centres to offer its customers Ethernet-based virtual cross-connects , cloud-onramp , inter-dc connectivity and continent-wide remote
peering services . MEF 3.0 defines the rigorous specifications and standards for these services and the APIs used to enable them , thereby accelerating their development and implementation .
In addition , Africa Data Centres will deploy the Nokia Network Services Platform ( NSP ) to automate the deployment and management of connectivity services . The NSP will help Africa Data Centres accelerate time-to-market for connectivity services that can be easily consumed by its customers , allowing them to deploy workloads in any location and transparently interconnect them reliably and securely .
“ Connectivity is the bedrock of the digital economy and our customers expect the very best interconnection services between our data centre locations ,” said Tesh Durvasula , CEO at Africa Data Centres . “ We selected Nokia because its solution provides
MEF 3.0-compliant connectivity , giving our customers scalable , reliable and secure access to their applications , data and workloads – wherever they are located . In addition , the automation enabled by the Nokia NSP simplifies service implementation and deployment , allowing our customers to create flexible , scalable and reliable ICT infrastructure more easily and cost-effectively .”
“ Increasing adoption of cloud applications is driving the need for more scalable , flexible and automated data centre interconnection ,” said Manolo Ortiz , Senior Vice President , Webscale Business EMEA at Nokia “ We are delighted that Africa Data Centres has selected the Nokia 7250 IXR platforms to interconnect its data centres . Our solution ensures it has the capacity to meet the future demands of its customers while reducing operational costs and increasing operations efficiency through automation .” �
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