Five years ago, Nokia had a failed $7 billion acquisition and now Microsoft is announcing a collaboration with the company to bring forward transformation and innovation on a lot of industries with Cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
This new alliance puts together Microsoft cloud solutions and Nokia’s knowledge in for mission-critical networking which will help enterprise and communication service providers
(CSPs) change their businesses.
In a statement, the executive vice president of Microsoft Azure, Jason Zander said: “ Bringing together Microsoft’s expertise in intelligent cloud solutions and Nokia’s strength in building the business and mission-critical networks will unlock new connectivity and automation scenarios.”
The first global communications provider to present their enterprise customers with a managed service that collaborates Microsoft Azure cloud and Nokia SD-WAN solutions is BT.
President of Nokia Enterprise and Chief Strategy Officer, Kathrin Buvac said “Together we will accelerate the digital transformation journey towards Industry 4.0, driving economic growth and productivity for both enterprises and service providers,”
The Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (Nokia DAC) 5G-ready industrial-grade private wireless broadband solution with on-premise Azure components will open up a wide variation of secure industrial automation solutions.
Companies will be able to utilize Azure IoT Central and partner solutions for quicker and easier enablement and execution of the IoT application together with Nokia’s IoT connectivity solutions.
Thousands of employees were laid-off in 2014 after Microsoft had obtained Nokia’s smartphone business but soon left it as well. Microsoft had sold Nokia’s smartphone business for $350 million to HMD Global in 2016.