BARCELONA -- Nokia kicked off its MWC week by announcing the acquisition of long-time partner Nakina Systems for an undisclosed sum, a move that the vendor giant says will strengthen its network security proposition.
Nokia believes Nakina's software will enable it to offer the appropriate tools that will help operators secure their networks as they further embrace cloud services, virtualization and IoT.
Specifically, Nokia says the acquisition of the Canadian company, which is set to close before the end of March, will give it "unique vendor- and technology-agnostic capabilities that allow operators to administer, control and audit security while simplifying the way insiders access critical network assets."
Nakina, traditionally known for supplying multivendor element management systems to major operators, has been diversifying in recent years, focusing on the development of what it calls a "secure network auditing platform," which applies big data and analytics to network configurations and identity access management to address the challenges associated with the buildout of hybrid (physical and virtual) networks. (See Nakina Goes Holistic in Securing Network.)
Nakina is a small, specialist telecom software vendor but one that has been largely self-sustaining, having raised just $10 million since it was formed in 2001, according to CrunchBase.
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