aNorth selects Nokia IP platforms for data centre expansion

atNorth announced that it has chosen the high performance and energy efficient Nokia IP platforms to connect and expand its Nordic data centre portfolio

Utilising Nokia’s data centre interconnect routers, atNorth will be able to launch its expansion plans in the Nordic data centre region.

The HPC and AI services that atNorth deploys support the toughest and most demanding workloads, and provide up to 100% more compute than any other solution.

The details of the new atNorth and Nokia connectivity partnership

The Nokia 7220 IXR D2/D3 interconnect routers, implementing the Nokia SR Linux network operating system (NOS), will be deployed as core switching data centre leaf platforms for atNorth’s data centre fabric. 

The data centre deployment is based on bare metal servers running OpenStack Ironic, which integrates with Nokia SR Linux NOS via open-source upstream code. 

Through the platforms, atNorth will unlock enhanced visibility to automate network provisioning, additional network stability, and the ability to perform tasks such as multi leaf redundancy in access.

Nokia’s data centre hardware platforms are designed to reduce power consumption and improve the total cost of ownership (TCO). 

According to a press release from Nokia announcing the collaboration, the energy efficiency and state-of-the-art design of the solution were critical factors for atNorth, particularly given its prioritisation of sustainable high-performance computing initiatives.

“Sustainability is a core company value with our data centres running on 100 percent renewable energy resources and supporting circular economy principles. Nokia, with its power-efficient and state-of-the-art hardware design solution, is a natural vendor partner for atNorth as we grow and expand our services across the Nordics,” commented Guy D’Hauwers, Director, HPC & AI for atNorth. 

“atNorth offers its customers reliable, scalable, high-performance computing capabilities that draw on renewable environmental resources to power its sites in the most sustainable and economic way possible. We are delighted they have selected Nokia’s 7220 IXR platforms to support their company initiatives and expansion of their business,” added Manolo Ortiz, Senior Vice President, Webscale Business EMEA at Nokia.


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