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Flexible Service Chaining

Use cloud technology to optimize service chaining

The Nokia Flexible Service Chaining solution lets you use cloud technology to make your service network more efficient, flexible, and programmable. It can work with any packet core or fixed network gateway to help you reduce OPEX and respond to fast-changing service demands.

Service chaining explained

Service chaining defines how the network implements services and applications and treats their data. It ensures that users enjoy a relevant quality of experience (QoE), and that the network uses its resources in the most efficient way.

But a service chain uses many network resources, including firewalls, deep packet inspection, optimizers, content filters, and proxies. These resources are typically static, dedicated, and hard-wired. They are inflexible and inefficient, so they slow time to market for new services and keep OPEX high.

Moving service chaining to the cloud

Our Flexible Service Chaining solution uses policy information, application types, and data analysis to steer each application’s traffic based on its own QoE requirements. This approach ensures that applications use the functions they actually need – and keeps service traffic from passing through every network function.

With our Flexible Service Chaining, you can use the cloud to rapidly create, scale, modify, and remove network functions. This helps you manage the chaining environment efficiently so you can address shifting demands and launch new services in a more agile way.


  • Use intelligent traffic steering to deliver better and more responsive service experiences and avoid over-provisioning
  • Scale service chain functions on demand
  • Address changing demands by rapidly introducing new network services