Featured Editorial - Next Generation Communications
Overcoming the Limited Connectivity Constraint 11/24/2014 - One of the highlights for the recently concluded Alcatel-Lucent 2014 Technology Symposium was the presentation by the company of its new messaging taxonomy. It is centered on overcoming what Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) sees as the three constraints (aka "3Cs") that are currently major challenges for service provides in a world facing a tsunami of data traffic which is increasingly unpredictable.
New Routing Platform Provides Competitive Edge 11/24/2014 - The recent announcements from Alcatel-Lucent of the expansion of their IP Edge Routing solutions platforms, which include virtualized IP Edge Service Routers and the compact hardware-based 7750-a, already have the industry buzzing. These are seen not just as giving Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) the ability to give their service provider customers the ability to be better competitors, but also have caught the attention of industry observers who are looking anew at ALU as a threat to the major players in the routing business.
Bell Labs President Marcus Weldon Outlines Network 2020 Vision 11/19/2014 - The main thrust of the vision of the network we will be using by 2020 according to Weldon is that thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices-personal and IoT related-the world will be always on and always connected as well as wireless and cloud-centric. As he explained, the network of the near future will see a proliferation of small cells to achieve high-performance networking ubiquity, and that enabling this ubiquity and leveraging the fixed-line network at the backbone for cloud-centric feature functionality is "the only answer".
Marketing Matters: Three Cs Support the Alcatel-Lucent Shift Plan 11/12/2014 - Since Michel Combes became the CEO of Alcatel-Lucent in 2013, attention has centered on his creation and implementation of The Shift Plan. This is the initiative to reposition Alcatel-Lucent from a telecommunications equipment generalist to an industrial specialist in IP networking, ultra-broadband access (mobile and fixed) and cloud technologies, at the heart of next-generation networks. The focus rightly has been on the restructuring of assets, technology and people, while the company's marketing efforts, which are also a major part of the shift, have been in the background. Alcatel-Lucent has opened a new chapter of The Shift Plan focused on innovation, transformation and growth.
Nuage Networks Extends SDN Benefits to Branch Offices 11/12/2014 - At the 2014 Alcatel-Lucent Technology Symposium a central theme is that transformational technology for data centers in the form of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are not just the promise for the future, but are realities.
Alcatel-Lucent Virtualizes Entire IP Edge Routing Portfolio in Key NFV Acceleration Move 11/12/2014 - For those of us of a certain generation we can all remember the start of the TV show, Fantasy Island. In every episode the character Tattoo, played by Herve Villechaize, would run up the island's main bell tower to ring the bell and shout, "The plane! The plane!" The announcement at the 2014 Alcatel-Lucent Technology Symposium, that the company has upped the ante in the critical Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) space with its new Virtualized Service Router (VSR), makes that declaration about the plane, the plane timely.