Alcatel-Lucent targets enterprises with new SDN technology

Firm's OmniVista 2500 virtual machine manager gets VMware certification

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is launching new software-defined networking (SDN) technology as part of its strategy to target the enterprise market.

SDN enables enterprises to program networks and control traffic flow, inspection and modification of applications, as well as make automatic network adjustments. The technology moves the control plane from individual devices to a central controller and allows configuration of the network from one place instead of from each device, explained Joe Skorupa, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, during a presentation last month at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo held in Orlando, Fla.

Skorupa said SDN enables enterprise networks to become more agile to meet server and data virtualization and cloud computing demands on the network. SDN reduces the time required to provision network resources for a new virtual machine from weeks to minutes. In addition, applications can be built on top of the SDN controller.

A key part of Alcatel-Lucent's SDN enterprise strategy is its OmniVista 2500 virtual machine manager, which is now certified as VMware ready. This certification is important for providing increased programmability for delivering SDN, the company explained.

Another key part of the strategy is the company's Application Fluent Network technology, which adjusts automatically to the enterprise's IT infrastructure, detects virtualized applications and applies a profile-driven policy to enable a network to automatically adjust to virtualized traffic.

Enhancements to the Application Fluent Network planned for 2013 include increased programmability through a set of interfaces, application performance analysis and plug-n-play capabilities that allow each device in the network to be identified and brought into service automatically.

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