Nokia to buy IP network analytics firm Deepfield

20 Dec 2016

Nokia has announced plans to acquire US-based IP network analytics firm Deepfield to bolster the vendor’s IP networks and big data analytics solution portfolio.

In a statement, Nokia said “the acquisition will extend its leadership in real-time, analytics-driven network and service automation,” providing its customers with greater network and application insight, control and DDoS protection.

Founded in 2011, Deepfield provides cloud, application, and IP network analytics in real-time to clients for the purposes of network efficiency improvement and security. Its technology drives and guides SDN controllers to make automated changes to networks so they can quickly adapt to changes in application demand, flow and traffic patterns.

“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,” Nokia said in the statement.

Deepfield's 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 vendor added.

Nokia sees Deepfield's analytics tools as a way to help its customers -- including ISPs and telcos, hosting companies and others operating cloud services at scale -- to better control and protect their networks.

Following the acquisition of Deepfield, Nokia will integrate the firm's technology into its solutions, including the open SDN platform Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) and the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP).

Together, these products will become the cognitive "brain" that makes real-time, automated changes to wide area networks and data center 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, the vendor noted.

Nokia's service assurance and customer experience management portfolios would also leverage Deepfield's big data analytics, including per subscriber application performance, to automate actions that ensure ongoing service health and customer satisfaction.

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Deepfield has 65 employees. The deal is expected to close early 2017, Nokia said.

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