There are many prominent vendors in the unified communications services space, but according to a Technavio report, the top eight vendors in the space are Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft, Unify, Mitel, Genband and IBM.
The networking industry, like any industry that has been around for so long, always seems to be in the midst of consolidations. Larger vendors frequently purchase smaller companies, beefing up specific capabilities to address enterprise customer needs or buying their way into emerging markets.
Alcatel-Lucent is taking a greater interest in open networking. Barely a week after the company officially joined the OpenDaylight Project, it's now also making itself at home with the Open Networking Operating System project.
Broadcom wants to help enterprises monitor the performance of their switches. The networking vendor has released BroadView, software designed to monitor switch performance.
Alcatel-Lucent's software-defined networking project, Nuage Networks, has completed a network functions virtualization project with Telefonica Business Solutions.
Restructuring over the last year has improved Juniper Networks' position in the networking equipment space, but research firm Technology Business Research believes that privatization could lead to further restructuring that could improve operations.
Alcatel-Lucent expanded its 7750 line of routers with the addition of the 7750 SR-e service router. Designed for branches that are part of a larger IP network or to be used as "full-service" router for small networks, the new router is intended for enterprises using high-bandwidth applications like cloud, the Internet of Things and video.
With cloud and virtualization becoming more pervasive within the enterprise, the one thing that's holding back the greatest benefits is the network itself, argued Brendan Ziolo, head of large enterprise strategy at Alcatel-Lucent, in a Network Computing column.
Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia are leading vendors in the LTE network infrastructure, according to the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant report published last week.
The rumors of Alcatel-Lucent's exit from the enterprise market are somewhat exaggerated. Here's why.