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Alcatel-Lucent unveils strategy for software-defined networks in the enterprise space

Posted By The Network Integrator, 27 November 2012 | 0 Comments | (0)
Tags: Alcatel-Lucent SDN software-defined networks enterprise

CandIT Media first vendor to implement company’s approach to SDN in the enterprise space

Paris, November 27, 2012 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is to introduce new technologies to meet demand for so-called ‘software-defined networks’, the growing enterprise market trend being fuelled by an increasingly mobile workforce and network management challenges brought on by the ‘growing virtualization within data centers.


 

Software-defined networking gives enterprises the ability to program networks and control the traffic flow, inspection and modification of applications on them. By building greater programmability, application awareness and end-to-end visibility into its Application Fluent Network, Alcatel-Lucent is delivering an enterprise-scale Software Defined Network (SDN) that moves beyond offering basic awareness of the applications running on it, to a network that can make automatic real-time adjustments.


 

Alcatel-Lucent’s application fluent approach to SDN extends to the entire enterprise network, going beyond basic network configuration to create a better user experience. This approach gives mid-sized and large enterprises highly automated and simple to use solutions that are scalable and compatible with existing networks.  


 

Mark Fabbi. Vice President, Distinguished Analyst, Gartner said: “The focus for early SDN related use cases has been primarily on automation to remove the need for the human middleware required for network reconfiguration related to adds, moves and changes of virtual machine deployments.  However, greater benefits will appear as new SDN applications focused on end-user experience and operational improvements deliver on the promise of the application fluent corporate network.”


 

CandIT Media, an industry-leading digital media solutions company based in Belgium, is the first vendor to validate Alcatel-Lucent’s application fluent approach to enterprise scale SDN. CandIT Media provides proprietary digital media production solutions that meet massive data storage and real-time file transfer requirements. By using Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniSwitch 6900, it has created a “content aware” digital network that dynamically supports the large traffic peaks specific to media flows. In addition to providing a higher quality user experience, CandIT Media can deliver solutions to its customers at lower costs since the network is more efficient in transporting large files.


 

Luc Andries, CTO, CandIT Media, said: “The high volumes of media traffic we deal with have a bursty nature that makes Ethernet switches suboptimal for their transport. By using off the shelf hardware and Alcatel-Lucent’s OminSwitch 6900, we were able to achieve and significantly improve Quality of Service by optimally tuning the transfer of media content which also resulted in a much higher utilization of physical components.”


 

Alcatel-Lucent SDN strategy for enterprises extended by VMware certification

 

Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniVista 2500 Virtual Machine Manager is now classified as VMware Ready™, which is an important element in providing increased programmability for delivering on SDN. Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniVista 2500 Virtual Machine Manager provides real-time and historical visibility of the enterprise data center network and the location of virtual components, such as virtual machines, within the network. This visibility of both the network and virtual applications coupled with the ability to provision and manage resources, enables the network to automatically make adjustments in response to changes in virtualized workloads within and between data centers.


 

The Alcatel-Lucent Application Fluent Network and its enterprise SDN enhancements

 

Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Fluent Network technology automatically adjusts and optimizes an entire corporate IT infrastructure to ensure it can seamlessly support real-time applications running on a local area network, data centers and across the wide area network. This automation is essential to businesses of any size to meet the challenges of delivering virtualized, mission-critical applications securely to employees over a high performance network - no matter where workers are accessing these applications.


 

Built on the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch platform, the Application Fluent Network external linkdetects virtualized applications and applies a profile-driven policy to enable a network to automatically adjust to virtualized traffic, such as virtual desktops, in order to meet service quality demands. The solution can combine individual user policies, the type of device and applications being used, with the knowledge of the entire network to dynamically adjust network access priority and bandwidth allocation, ensuring required service levels are met.


 

Alcatel-Lucent will enhance further the Application Fluent Network during the first half of 2013 via:

  • Increased programmability through a set of RESTful interfaces that enable applications, external controllers and orchestration platforms such as OpenStack and CloudStack to talk with  Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniSwitch for greater orchestration and optimization of  application delivery.
  • Greater network recognition of applications through application profiling, and new application performance analysis of virtual machine connectivity to understand and react to network conditions on applications in real-time.
  • Enhanced global control view through the addition of Plug-N-Play capabilities that allow each device in the network to be identified and brought into service automatically for improved decision making at the network node level.

 

To learn more about Alcatel-Lucent’s vision for enterprise SDN.


 

VMware and VMware Ready are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

 

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

 

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology Review's 2012 Top 50 list of the "World's Most Innovative Companies" for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission - Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.

 

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion in 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

 

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow the Company on Twitter: external linkhttp://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent.

 

Contact the Alcatel-Lucent Press Office:press@alcatel-lucent.com

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