EMC Teams with Nokia Siemens to Deliver Unified Network Management

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EMC and Nokia Siemens are working together on a new technology partnership that will make it simpler for solution providers to monitor and manage converged IP and telephony networks in the data center.

EMC has announced a new partnership with telecommunications giant Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) that will converge management of telephony and mobility networks with data center and IP networking infrastructure.

As IP networks and telephony networks become more and more intertwined, the need for a unified management solution becomes more pressing for solution providers and their customers, says Kari Loukola, the head of product and solution management for NSN’s operations support systems business line.

"The challenge is to unify, gain better visibility into and ease management of these newer, converged IP and telephony networks," Loukola says. A unified management solution like the one from EMC and NSN not only addresses the complexity introduced by VoiP and Unified Communications functions on the network, but also can enhance visibility into mobile devices like smart phones and PDAs, says Tom Griffin, business development manager for next-generation network solutions at EMC.

"This will be very important to mobile customers, too, as they are increasingly using smartphones and mobile devices to extend the data center out to endpoint devices," he says.

Leveraging the strength of EMC’s products and services in the data center with NSN’s prominent market position in telecommunications will make it simpler for solution providers to deliver converged network management services to their customers, he says.

The co-developed solution will provide end-to-end visibility and fault management for both MPLS VPN and IP routing protocol configurations in heterogeneous and multi-vendor environments, says Loukola. The solution is based on the mobile network management capabilities of NSN’s NetAct, and is enhanced with IP domain visibility provided by EMC’s Smarts automated IT management solution, which EMC acquired in 2005, says Griffin.

While EMC has traditionally focused on managing data center infrastructure like SANs, servers and virtualization deployments, Griffin says the push to deliver IP network management services and the increasing integration of telephony into those networks has made managing telecom networks a new priority.

"Networks are highly instrumented, and management software provides a lot of information generated by each component – hundreds of thousands, even millions of alarms each day," he says. Smarts network management software not only monitors traffic and incidents, but provides correlation and root cause identification tools, Griffin says.

"Using these tools, the Smarts software can tell solution providers where any failures are occurring and how those impact the network," he says.

EMC’s IT management solutions, which include Smarts, conduct comprehensive discovery, compliance, analysis, automation and allow greater visibility into organizations’ IP and IT infrastructure, Griffin says.  Loukala adds that by leveraging these solutions in conjunction with NSN’s existing NetAct solution, solution providers can provide better reliability, make customers more efficient and ease network management.

"Solution providers and network administrators can increase efficiency and therefore lower capital and operating expenses," says Loukala. "We’re improving their ability to deliver higher-quality services to market," he says.

Sharon Linsenbach Sharon Linsenbach is a staff writer for eWEEK and eWEEK Channel Insider. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, Sharon was Assistant Managing Editor for CRN, a weekly magazine for PC and technology resellers. Before joining CRN, Sharon was an Acquisitions Editor for The Coriolis Group and later, Editorial Director with Paraglyph Press, both in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds a BA in English from Drew University and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her significant other and two neurotic cats. When she's not reading or writing about technology, Sharon enjoys yoga, knitting, traveling and live music. Sharon can be reached at Sharon.Linsenbach@ziffdavisenterprise.com.

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