Nokia To Acquire Data Analytics Firm Deepfield

Nokia Thursday said it is planning to acquire Deepfield, a US-based company having interest in real-time analytics for IP network performance management and security. Though details of the transaction are not disclosed, the company said it will be closed in Q1 of 2017.

According to Nokia, the acquisition will extend the Finnish company’s leadership in real-time, analytics-driven network and service automation, providing customers including communications service providers, cable operators and cloud, webscale and large technology companies with greater network and application insight, control and DDoS protection.

Deepfield was founded in 2011 and is privately held company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The company has around 65 employees.

Nokia plans to solve the network and service automation problem by coupling Deepfield big data analytics with the dynamic control capabilities of open SDN platforms, such as the Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) and Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP). Together, these products become the cognitive “brain” that makes real-time, automated changes to wide area networks (WANs) and datacenter networks so they can quickly adapt to changes in application demand, flow and traffic patterns. This will allow Nokia customers to drive greater network efficiency, help assure quality and enhance security – without manual intervention, and in real-time.

“Combining Deepfield’s cutting-edge analytics with Software Defined Networking techniques (SDN) will allow our customers to automate engineering and assurance processes while enhancing performance, utilization and security,” said Basil Alwan, president of Nokia’s IP/Optical Networks business group.

Citing a Deepfield study, Nokia said even though cloud applications and services – including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Google Docs and Facebook – make up more than 60% of network traffic today*, providers have very limited insight into which applications are running on their networks, and what impact this application traffic is having on their networks and subscribers. At the same time, the advent of SDN and NFV technologies is creating increased demand for network and service automation, which requires big data analytics – delivered in real time – to drive it.

Deepfield’s powerful and unique Internet Genome technology solves the visibility problem by identifying over 30 000 popular cloud applications and services, tracking how this traffic runs to and through networks to reach subscribers, in real time, and without the need for expensive probes, taps and monitors in the network itself. The result is powerful multi-dimensional views of the network and the applications that flow through it that can support advanced IP network engineering and assurance use cases.

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