Nokia strengthens its partnership with Microsoft to enhance performance at the mission-critical industrial edge

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Nokia today announced plans to integrate Microsoft Azure Arc capabilities into the Nokia MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) platform, unlocking the potential of mission-critical applications for Industry 4.0 use cases. Through the integration, Nokia MXIE and private wireless solution customers have seamless access to the full Azure ecosystem offering on MXIE.

“We have built a leadership position with our private wireless networks solution and MX Industrial Edge platform in large part by working with our valued partners. Our extended collaboration with Microsoft will enable and enhance the performance of Industry 4.0 mission critical applications allowing our customers to tap into Microsoft Azure Arc in the cloud and on the customer premise’s edge.”

Stephan Litjens, Vice President, Nokia Enterprise Solutions

The powerful combination is intended to support industries including automotive, manufacturing, energy, logistics, and government. It will enable use cases by allowing customers to run applications in the traditional cloud, as well as directly on their premises. 

The company stated, ‘Collaboration in these areas will provide numerous benefits such as increasing worker safety through AI and automation while decreasing the amount of needed backhaul with local data processing.’

“Nokia is an established leader in fully integrated industrial edge and private wireless solutions to provide features and automated management tools that accelerate OT digitalization. With Microsoft Azure Arc, a wide ecosystem of applications, and our long standing work with Nokia, we can provide AI-powered insights and identify solutions to workflow issues for mission critical Industry 4.0 applications running at the edge.” 

Keith Sutton, CTO, Telco Service Line at Microsoft

Microsoft Azure Arc running on Nokia MXIE provides enterprises with access to Azure capabilities while benefiting from private wireless connected assets’ real-time data and on-premise, highly-resilient OT-centric edge processing.

Nokia has deployed mission-critical networks to more than 2,200 leading enterprise customers in the transport, energy, large enterprise, manufacturing, webscale, and public sector segments around the globe. 

The company has also extended its expertise to more than 450 large private wireless customers worldwide across an array of sectors and has been cited by numerous industry analysts as the leading provider of private wireless networking worldwide.

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