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Nokia and IMS Networks selected by National Research and Education Network, RENATER for data center deployments in Paris

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Nokia and IMS Networks selected by National Research and Education Network, RENATER for data center deployments in Paris

  • The deal will bring capacity growth and the creation of new services to enhance the performance and resilience of the National Research and Education Network in France and support its readiness for AI.

12 June 2024
Paris, France – Nokia today announced a major partnership with RENATER, the National Research and Education Network in France responsible for deploying and managing national, as well as some regional, network infrastructure to connect research and education centers across France’s mainland and oversea territories.

Nokia will deploy its Data Center Fabric solution in Paris, in partnership with IMS Networks, a leading French network and cybersecurity managed services provider. As a result, RENATER will benefit from the latest features to enhance the performance and resilience of the network infrastructure, automate operations to facilitate management, and create new services ready for the AI era.

This strategic partnership will see deployment of the full Nokia Data Center Fabric solution in RENATER’s two data centers which include 7220 IXRs for leaf, spine and border leaf routers powered by Nokia that run on an open, extensible and resilient SR Linux Network Operating System (NOS).

Nokia has strong expertise in France within IP/MPLS networks for both operators and critical networks, and its Data Center Fabric solution offers the latest technological innovations coupled with advanced data center capabilities to simplify complex operations to meet the evolving needs of RENATER.

Boris Dintrans, Managing Director at RENATER, said: "We are excited to embark on this journey with Nokia, a company whose name is synonymous with innovation, reliability, and what is increasingly important for our long-term strategy, European digital sovereignty. This new Nokia Data Center Fabric infrastructure will not only support RENATER’s capacity growth but will also allow for the development of new services for our members and users, particularly those operating in AI that require state-of-the-art networks, both inside and outside of data centers for data feeding.”

Sacha Hilic, Chief Executing Officer at IMS Networks, said: “With this new Data Center Fabric project, we are bringing all our technical network expertise to the challenges of resilience and performance of RENATER's critical infrastructures. This underlines our commitment to excellence and our vision of a more connected, secure and innovative digital future.”

Matthieu Bourguignon, Senior Vice President and head of Europe for Network Infrastructure business at Nokia, said: “We are honored to help support RENATER’s transition towards the burgeoning field of AI and the promise it holds for educators and students, across France. Nokia is delighted to partner with IMS Networks with our Data Center Fabric solution, which is a key pillar of the evolution of Network Infrastructure and Data Center markets, dedicated to research, education, and connected territories.”

Resources and additional information
Website: Nokia Data Center Fabric
Website: RENATER
Website: IMS Networks

About Nokia
At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together.

As a B2B technology innovation leader, we are pioneering networks that sense, think and act by leveraging our work across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. In addition, we create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.

Service providers, enterprises and partners worldwide trust Nokia to deliver secure, reliable and sustainable networks today – and work with us to create the digital services and applications of the future.

RENATER, as a major research infrastructure and the French government's digital operator, is keeping pace with changes in usage and the needs of the future, its role is first and foremost to provide a secure, shared service offering to its community.

RENATER, designs and operates a secure high-speed network providing national and international connectivity to more than 3 million users across 1,300 Education and Research sites and offers a portfolio of communication services as well as high-performance collaborative services, sovereign and information exchange tools designed to meet the needs of the community.

RENATER's permanent objective is to anticipate the evolution of uses and technologies in order to provide its users with ever more effective solutions.

RENATER is the French member of the pan-European research network GÉANT and supports international cooperation with sharing Research &Development work and the dissemination of its services within the community.

About IMS Networks
IMS Networks, founded in Castres (Tarn) in 1997, is a group specializing in network infrastructure outsourcing and cybersecurity services. Operating primarily in France with branches in Toulouse, Bordeaux, Paris, Lyon, and Sophia-Antipolis, IMS Networks also supports customers in over fifty countries. The company excels in the deployment, outsourcing, and security of critical network infrastructures.

With over 350 clients in France, IMS Networks serves prestigious organizations such as Thales Alenia Space, BPCE, Pierre Fabre Group, Airbus, Banque de France, Labeyrie Fine Foods, CNAF, EDF, and numerous institutions in the Higher Education and Research sector, including CY Cergy Paris Université, Université de Poitiers, La Rochelle Université, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, GIP Recia, and GIP PACRRET.

Since 2015, IMS Networks has been ISO 27001 certified, one of the most recognized standards worldwide for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS).

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