Xiaomi uses Nokia optical technology for Beijing cloud

Bill Boyle
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Xiaomi is using Nokia fibre-optic technology to link seven data centres into a private cloud in the Beijing area

Xiaomi is using Nokia technology to provide the Chinese electronics manufacturer, and Internet service provider, with a fibre-optic network to link seven data centres into a private cloud in Beijing. The new private cloud will be used to reduce present bottlenecks in its data transport network and bring higher speed, lower latency Internet services to its customers.

Nokia is installing data centre interconnect (DCI) solution, based on the company's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) and managed by the Network Services Platform.

The importance of the installation of this Nokia's solution is that it will enable Xiaomi to tie together its data centres to establish a fast private cloud that it can use to support its internal data management needs, make finding data faster, more secure and improving latency.

This agreement builds on Nokia's substantial track-record providing DCI solutions to large enterprises such as financial institutions, healthcare providers and 'webscale' companies. 

The project also highlights the growing momentum behind Nokia's strategy to expand its customer base to organisations outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere.

Drazen Lukic, head of China IP and Optical Networks Business Group at Nokia, said: "As large enterprises in China and around the world look to take advantage of the benefits of private cloud, Nokia's data centre interconnect solution offers an ideal way of bringing together geographically distributed assets to form a single, high-performance cloud. This initiative is enabling Xiaomi to maximise network capacity, address fast-growing traffic demands and enjoy the flexibility of the cloud with the security, reliability and performance of a private network."