Nokia to build “cognitive brain” with Deepfield acquisition

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Nokia has agreed to take over network analytics firm Deepfield, which it intends to merge with existing products to create a “cognitive brain".

US-based Deepfield, which was founded in 2012, offers three products to telcos – a security offering called Defender, network traffic monitoring service Cloud Intelligence and a Service Assurance solution.

It also serves cloud providers and the enterprise market.

Of particular interest to telcos is Deepfield's Internet Genome technology that claims to be able to identify over 30,000 applications and services applications that run on networks.

The likes of Netflix, Google Docs and Facebook make up more than 60 percent of network traffic today, according to Deepfield data, but Nokia said operators have “very limited insight” into the impact they are having on their infrastructure.

Privately-owned Deepfield does not disclose financial information, but said in January that it tripled revenues in 2015.

Finland-based Nokia said it planned to couple Deepfield’s big data capabilities with its own SDN platforms, such as its Network Services Platform and Nuage Networks Virtualised Services Platform, to enable real-time, automated changes to wide area networks and datacenter networks.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but Nokia said it expected to close the transaction in Q1 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.

[Read more: Nokia claims new AI-based customer care apps can reduce network call-outs by 90%]

Basil Alwan, President of Nokia's IP/Optical Networks business group, said: "We are impressed with Deepfield's unique approach to network analytics and their deployments with major providers around the globe, delivering critical visibility into how leading cloud applications and services flow through their networks.

“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.

“We believe this capability will only increase in importance as networks and applications become more complex, diverse and dynamic."

Last month, Nokia unveiled a new four-part growth strategy that majored on business opportunities outside of the telecoms sector.

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