By Olubunmi Adeniyi
Lagos. April 11, 2013: Alcatel-Lucent’s Nuage Networks unit says it has unveiled a new software-defined networking (SDN) platform expected to change the face of data centre networking and speed up the adoption of cloud services.
In the global village, consumers and business users are driving demand for cloud computing and storage, the company says noting that trials of the platform begins this April in Europe and North America.
Worldwide commercial availability is planned for mid-2013, the company says noting that the Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) enables healthcare, banking, utilities and other enterprise market segments, as well as webscale companies large Internet-based companies – and telecoms service providers, to scale their cloud offerings and provide instant, secure connectivity to multiple customers.
Trial customers include UK cloud service provider Exponential-e, French telecoms service provider SFR, Canadian telecoms service provider TELUS and leading US healthcare provider, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), the company says.
Michel Combes , new CEO of Alcatel-Lucent says “it’s exciting to start my first day as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent with an announcement that expands our addressable market.”
According to Combes, Alcatel-Lucent’s SDN strategy and the Nuage Networks branded portfolio builds on the cloud orchestration we already provide with our CloudBand Management System.
“We are very well positioned to help telecom and cloud service providers build large scale cloud infrastructure and services, opening up new revenue opportunities for our customers and ourselves,” he adds.
Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks explains that “SDN is one of the most exciting and promising new technologies in datacenter networking. At Nuage Networks, we’re focused on getting the network out of the way so that it no longer constrains the server and storage resources or the performance of cloud services. We do that by offering a platform that is technology and layer agnostic.”
“ As more companies move to a cloud service environment, we can help them automate their networks to deliver instant connectivity to their customers,” Khandekar adds.