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Nokia Snaps Up Nakina

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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[email protected] 2/21/2016 | 5:02:47 PM
Big win for Nakina So it could well be that the price to be paid is minimal but I don't think that's the main point here... the biggest challenge facing small telecom software companies that have been around for years and which have had to re-invent themselves for the new era of virtualization is survival, whether that be as an independent (an unlikely medium- or long-term strategy for any) or as part of a larger beast (the best that most can hope for).

Otherwise it's the knacker's yard and a the sale of assets by insolvency officers.

So well done to Nakina - it has found a home and, in Nokia, one with some real fizz at the moment. 
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