Affirmed Networks focuses on the 5G and edge computing. The company offers fully virtualised, cloud-native networking solutions for telecom operators. The deal will help Microsoft in integrating Affirmed Network’s technology into Azure. Microsoft plans to enable telecom operators to carryout 5G networks on Azure cloud instead of the traditional hardware.
Microsoft’s VP of Azure Networking, Yousef Khalidi said, “With Affirmed Networks, we will be able to offer new and innovative solutions tailored to the unique needs of operators, including managing their network workloads in the cloud. We look forward to building on the great work by Affirmed Networks with its leadership in virtualised mobile networks. Bringing this technology and team of experts into Microsoft allows us to extend our cloud offering to operators everywhere as they increasingly look to run their networks in a hybrid environment.”
Using cloud over the purpose-built hardware will help telecom companies to efficiently build and operate 5G networks in a cost-effective, and secure manner.
Affirmed Networks will also expose its customer base to Microsoft. This will create an entry point for Microsoft into the telecom space. Telecom operators typically build their own data centres and stuff it with the costly proprietary hardware. With the virtualisation technology, large cloud platforms can now offer same capabilities and reliability without any additional cost.