Nokia, HPE IoT Efforts Get a Boost With Enterprise Team-Up


An expanded partnership between Nokia and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) offers benefits to channel partners.

The companies have expanded their Internet of Things agreement to cover smart-city applications and the industrial/manufacturing vertical.

The deal includes HPE joining Nokia’s IoT Community, a group of innovative companies collaborating on solution concepts, end-to-end prototypes, business models and market trials that aim to “unleash the full potential of IoT”; and Nokia joining part of HPE’s IoT initiative within the software-and-services giant’s Partner Ready program.

Starting early next year, look for the companies to jointly provide customers with asset-management, smart manufacturing, remote-site automation and predictive-maintenance services. They also plan to offer enhanced networking options – including smart lighting and smart buildings – for improved connectivity in smart-cities. The new services combine these behemoths’ connectivity, data aggregation, core networking and computing technologies. They are busy working on proof-of-concepts for smart cities, combining Nokia’s routing capabilities with HPE’s hybrid IT services. Initially, the partnership includes deals with more than 25 service providers and enterprise customers around the world.{ad}

“HPE’s market presence offers Nokia expedited and increased access to the enterprise market and target verticals along with a complimentary portfolio of products and services,” said Kathrin Buvac, chief strategy officer at Nokia.

“The addition of Nokia to the HPE IoT partner ecosystem will bring broader choice and market-leading technologies to our joint customers,” noted Antonio Neri, executive vice president, head of Enterprise Group at HPE.HPE and Nokia have a long history of innovation that will help our customers through their journey of digitization.”

Recent Markets and Markets forecasts put the IoT market for smart cities at $148 billion by 2020, and the manufacturing vertical at $13.5 billion. Why? Growing cities increasingly are turning to IoT to improve operational efficiency, and to maintain and protect infrastructure, while manufacturers are using IoT to improve productivity in the production process and the supply chain.

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