Nokia has signed $1.5 billion framework deal to provide China Mobile operator with equipment and infrastructure for operating cloud network. The one-year deal with its Chinese client necessitates a more efficient seamless connectivity to meet the ever rising data demands.

According to Nokia, it will provide China Mobile with a 5-G base station that allows numerous radio technologies that operate at the same time supporting different connection speeds in a single base station. China Mobile is the largest client of Nokia in China with business partner ties dating back to 1994.  The question as to whether Nokia will be in a position to develop China’s mobile cloud network will depend on its ability to do the following:

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Mobile’s Cloud Network by Nokia

1. Heterogeneous System Support

Nokia’s cloud management solutions should not only leverage the latest hardware, software, and virtualization software but also supports an existing data center infrastructure. The earlier movers have based solutions on commodities and other open source solutions such as general x86 systems running Xen open origin and CentOS distributions. However, larger enterprises and service providers have requirements surrounding both proprietary and commodity systems when developing their clouds. Nokia should, therefore, integrate well with the existing IT systems if it wants to meet the China mobile requirements. According to latest Fusecrunch technology, firms that fail to support technologies from likes of EMC, NetApp, Cisco, Red Hat, Microsoft and VMware always end up falling short in delivering the right cloud product that is in line with the specified needs of a data center.

2. Service Management

To productize the cloud computing functionally, Nokia must have tools for metering and defining service offerings. A service offering is defined as the set of applications and services that a user can consume through the provider. It should include metering rules, resource management, resource guarantees and billing cycle. This service management functionality ties the offering repository in such a manner that the defined services are easily and quickly managed and deployed by the final user.

3. Administrator, Developer and End User Interfaces

Nokia should understand that success and primary attributes of an existing clouding network in the market are as a result of self-service portals and their deployment models that are responsible for shield clouds complexity from the end user. The operating costs are substantially reduced while management is offloaded to the final user.

Given the fragmentation of the market for activity trailing and wearable tech digest today, Nokia should focus on offering a potentially useful platform. For success to be realized, Nokia should realize that in a few years’ time, different devices and companies will flood the market. As such, many companies will be competing against the limited demand.

Nokia should provide a platform to China mobile since most companies are building devices with hardware expertise but with less software accompaniment. It should, therefore, consider developing virtually anything in any programming language, that can be structured around an HTTP request, and which can be incorporated. An example of this is JavaScript that works across both mobile apps and websites and the data for analytical tracking.

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Cloud network is a paradigm shift on how service providers and data centers are delivering and architecting highly scalable, highly reliable services to their final users in an agile and cost-effective manner than in the other models. With this model, adopters like China mobile, are in a position to quickly realize the advantages of improved agility and reduced capital expenditure. However, service providers and enterprises need to understand the particular elements contained in a cloud to develop a successful cloud.

4. Visibility and Reporting

The need to achieve cloud services from a service level, performance and reporting perspective is paramount to the successful service deployment. Inadequate reporting and visibility mechanisms render customer service levels management, compliance, billing and system performance difficult. Data centers should, therefore, have the real-time reporting and visibility mechanism within the cloud to ensure security, billing, chargebacks and compliance together with other instruments requiring higher granular visibility levels and reporting.

5. Integration with Data Center Management Tools

Most of the traditional data center management components need to be integrated with the new cloud management solutions. In most data centers, various tools are used for providing customer care, system management, billing, security, directory amongst others. The cloud management solutions to be developed will not replace these tools, thus important to open the APIs (application programming interfaces) that integrate into existing administration, operation, provisioning systems and maintenance. These are inclusive of modern virtualization tools from Citrix ad VMware and larger data center management tools from HP and IBM companies.

Conclusion

The model and infrastructure of IT services might have changed. It is important that Nokia guarantees security, reliability and availability of the network being developed.  Users will expect it to be fully operational whenever they need it. It should be in a position to continue operating with the data remaining intact in a virtual data center. Security should be integrated into the operational architecture process. The success of the whole process will depend on the commitment of both parties towards a common course.