HP and Alcatel-Lucent Team Up for Cloud Datacenter Networking

HP and Alcatel-Lucent have entered into a partnership to feature HP software-defined networking (SDN) and other technology in Alcatel-Lucent's cloud datacenter solutions for optical and IP-based networks.

The Alcatel-Lucent IP Edge platform -- the 7750 Service Router and the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) optical products -- constitute the hardware foundations for the new solutions.

Alcatel-Lucent said the solutions help handle the ever-expanding deluge of data that's flooding enterprise datacenters, while addressing security and storage concerns in industries such as banking, finance, healthcare, utilities, government and cloud services.

"The solutions will allow enterprises to provide more cost-effective, reliable services more rapidly with a focus on business continuity, disaster recovery, secure data transport, datacenter interconnect and remote copy applications -- areas that will enable enterprises to address growing data demands using cloud architectures, with greater security and flexibility."

In a continuing HP/Alcatel-Lucent partnership, HP is providing SDN technology with its Distributed Cloud Networking (DCN) product, announced last fall.

"The HP Networking virtualization solution [is] tailored at service providers and extra-large enterprises," Alcatel-Lucent said. "DCN leverages the Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) from Alcatel-Lucent's Nuage Networks SDN venture. DCN lays the foundation for an open and dynamically controlled datacenter network by enabling customers to automatically deploy secure cloud-based SDN across distributed and disparate data center configurations, taking just minutes to implement.

On its DCN site, HP said, "DCN is a SDN solution that enables service providers and large organizations to automatically deploy secure cloud networks across a distributed infrastructure in minutes versus months. DCN is also accelerating communication service providers' (CSP) journey to network function virtualization (NFV) by optimizing network resources, increasing agility and speeding time-to-market through dynamic, service-driven configuration."

Alcatel-Lucent said the pre-tested, integrated solutions are available as part of the HP Complete Program in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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