21Vianet’s strategic co-operation agreement with Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent for the jointly-developed innovation lab
Strategic co-operation between 21Vianet Group (“21Vianet”) and Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent – formally known as Nokia Corporation – will involve joint development of an innovation laboratory. A signing ceremony to mark this auspicious occasion brought together 21Vianet co-founder and Chairman Josh Chen and Mike Wang, who is President of the Nokia Networks China and Alcatel-Lucent joint management team.
A warm handshake signals the auspicious occasion of 21Vianet and Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent signing a strategic co-operation agreement.
As part of the co-operation arrangement, 21Vianet and Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will explore technology areas such as intelligent distributed computing (IDC), optical transmission networks, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) software-defined network (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will channel their full support into development of 21Vianet’s proposed data center-user plan. This will bring together advanced technologies such as SDN, the layer-2 data link model and symmetrical gigabit Internet access. Other aspects of the plan include introduction of cloud services plus establishment of underwater data centers near science and technology parks, educational campuses and residential areas. Working in their jointly-developed innovation lab, 21Vianet and Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will draw on one another’s strengths to create a new generation of network architecture and products. This will involve establishing a pilot network and integrating technologies. Implementation of the data center-user plan and day-to-day running of the innovation lab will be the responsibility of Wifire Technology Co, Ltd, a 21Vianet Group subsidiary.