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[April 17, 2013]
Nuage Networks unveils new open software-based solution
Apr 17, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Nuage Networks, an Alcatel-Lucent venture focused on software-defined networking, or SDN, solutions, has unveiled the Virtualized Services Platform, or VSP, an open software-based solution to address the datacenter network constraints that limit cloud services adoption.
The VSP will allow healthcare, banking, utilities and other enterprise market segments, as well as webscale companies - internet-based companies - and telecom service providers, to scale their cloud offers and provide connectivity to multiple customers.
Trials of the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform begin in April in Europe and North America. Trial customers include UK cloud service provider Exponential-e, French telecoms service provider SFR, Canadian telecoms service provider TELUS and a US healthcare provider, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Worldwide commercial availability is planned for mid-2013.
VSP automates the entire datacenter network, creating 'slices' for each customer, changing provisioning time from days to minutes. VSP also scales to support datacenters with thousands of customers, each with thousands of users.
According to the company, VSP provides an open, software-only solution that works with OpenStack, CloudStack and VMware cloud environments and any datacenter network switches. VSP delivers network connectivity inside the datacenter, between datacenters as well as datacenter to Enterprise VPN connectivity and improves network utilization and efficiency by up to 40% according to Bell Labs studies.
Michel Combes, new CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said: "It's exciting to start my first day as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent with an announcement that expands our addressable market. 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. 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." Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks, said, "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."
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