Alcatel-Lucent’s Nuage Networks starts SDN trials

Infotech Lead Europe: Nuage Networks, an Alcatel-Lucent company, started trials of its software defined networking (SDN) with UK cloud service provider Exponential-e, French telecoms service provider SFR, Canadian telecoms operator TELUS and US healthcare provider, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

After the trials in Europe and North America, the company will launch the new platform, which is designed to address datacenter network constraints that limit cloud services adoption, in mid-2013.

Nuage Networks says its Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) will allow healthcare, banking, utilities and other enterprise market segments, as well as large Internet-based companies and telecom service providers, to scale their cloud offers.

Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said: “Alcatel-Lucent’s SDN strategy and the Nuage Networks branded portfolio announced today builds on the cloud orchestration we already provide with our CloudBand Management System.”

IDC forecasts the worldwide SDN market will grow from $360 million in 2013 to $3.7 billion by 2016.

Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks, said: 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.”

TELUS is investing in multi-tenant datacenter infrastructures.

Ibrahim Gedeon, chief technology officer at TELUS, said: “The value we expect to see from SDN technologies is exactly along the lines of the Nuage Networks proposition of a virtualized and automated datacenter network infrastructure that gives us the agility to turn up cloud services quickly while connecting to the VPN services our business customers consume today.”


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