Chinese internet giants Tencent and Baidu are strengthening their existing relationship with Nokia to build out their software-defined data centre interconnect (DCI) infrastructure.
The two firms have separately selected Nokia to provide them with the dynamic, massive-scale optical bandwidth needed to support growing cloud operations in China and the US.
Tencent and Baidu are two of the top four China-based webscale operators. Baidu is the number one search engine and Tencent leads in social media and online gaming. They have large cloud operations in China and abroad to support their global businesses. Connecting their massive data centres across the world requires ultra-high optical bandwidth and software-defined networking (SDN) that are highly responsive to the fast-shifting nature of cloud services.
Nokia is a world leader in the DCI market with its solutions used worldwide by many webscale networks and large enterprises in the financial, healthcare, government, energy, transportation, consumer and industrial sectors for business and mission-critical DCI applications.
Markus Bochert, President of Nokia Greater China, said: “Our leading DCI product portfolio and technology innovations in photonics and SDN controllers are key, as well as our strong R&D capabilities, globalised supply chain and highly responsive service teams. These latest contracts with Baidu and Tencent consolidate our presence in the webscale market in China, which we are confident will continue to flourish in the coming years.”