Carrier cloud is a new breed of cloud services designed to enable communication service providers to bring the benefits of cloud to their own networks and business operations – but interoperability of cloud solutions has been a key obstacle in the way of making this happen.
In an effort to eliminate this challenge, Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) has unveiled its CloudBand carrier cloud management platform, which is designed to give service providers greater flexibility when selecting cloud platforms.
CloudBand is able to support a variety of open source cloud computing software as well as networking equipment from leading technology vendors, according to Dor Skuler (News - Alert), vice president of Alcatel-Lucent Cloud Solutions.
“Openness has been a key principle that we have embraced to ensure that our customers’ cloud environments can be adapted and expanded as the customer demand evolves,” Skuler said in a statement. “We have delivered on this promise of openness with multi-vendor support at every point in the network and the cloud so our customers can enjoy flexibility in their investment decisions, choosing whichever vendor best meets a particular need.”
Up until this point, a major barrier that limited the introduction of carrier cloud services was the lack of interoperability of cloud solutions with service providers’ multi-vendor network environments. However, CloudBand is compatible with network equipment from other vendors, giving service providers the flexibility they need to introduce carrier cloud services while benefiting from their existing investments in network infrastructure.
Alcatel-Lucent has also adopted an open approach to integrating so-called best-of-breed open source cloud computing software by supporting the OpenStack Foundation.
Company officials said this move complements Alcatel-Lucent’s utilization of Apache CloudStack in the CloudBand Management System, and support of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
With CloudBand service providers can remotely set up a networked CloudBand Node by accessing a pre-configured “cloud in a box” and provide all the functionality of the public cloud wherever they choose in their network while offering the benefits of quality and security that come with the carrier cloud, Alcatel-Lucent.
In fact, Alcatel-Lucent claims that up to 80 percent of a service provider’s service delivery infrastructure can be positively affected by CloudBand, reducing both capital expenses (CAPEX) and total cost of ownership (TCO).
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Edited by Braden Becker