Google Cloud wins 5-year deal from Nokia to migrate IT infrastructure

Google Cloud has signed a five-year deal with Nokia to migrate its IT infrastructure to Google Cloud.
Google Cloud at IT trade showNokia, a leading telecom network maker, will migrate its data centers and servers around the world, as well as various software applications, onto Google Cloud infrastructure.

The deal reflects Nokia’s operational shift to a cloud-first IT strategy and its efforts to transform its digital operations in order to expand collaboration and innovation capabilities of Nokia employees and to enhance its delivery to customers.

The agreement is expected to drive meaningful operational efficiencies and cost savings over time due to a reduction in real estate footprint, hardware energy consumption, and hardware capacity purchasing needs.

Nokia will use a suite of Google Cloud products and professional services. Nokia and Google Cloud have worked together for the past few months to design a highly customized migration approach that will allow Nokia to exit its IT data centers on a rapid schedule. Google Cloud will deploy strategic systems integrators, solutions specialists, and engineers to ensure a stable migration.

Nokia’s infrastructure and applications will run in the public cloud or in a Software-as-a-Service model going forward. Deployment of the migration has started and is expected to extend over an 18- to 24-month period, Rob Enslin, president at Google Cloud, said.

“Nokia is on a digital transformation path that is about fundamentally changing how we operate and do business,” Ravi Parmasad, VP Global IT Infrastructure at Nokia, said.