Alcatel Lucent expands CloudBand carrier cloud management solution
Dec 13, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Alcatel Lucent SA, a telecommunications equipment corporation, has expanded its CloudBand 'carrier cloud' management solution to support an expanded array of open source cloud computing software as well as networking equipment from technology vendors.
Carrier cloud represents a new class of cloud services that enable communications service providers to bring the benefits of the cloud to its own networks and business operations while offering cloud services with the security, reliability and quality enterprises and consumers expect from telecommunications networks, the company said.
Alcatel-Lucent has also adopted an open approach to integrating open source cloud computing software. Joining other communications and IT companies, Alcatel-Lucent supports the OpenStack Foundation which was co-founded by NASA and RackSpace and is dedicated to open cloud development throughout data centers, which are central to the delivery of all cloud services. This move complements Alcatel-Lucent's utilization of Apache CloudStack in the CloudBand Management System, and support of Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). CloudBand's unique, open approach gives service providers greater flexibility when selecting cloud platforms, the company added.
With CloudBand service providers can remotely set up a networked CloudBand Node in a few hours by accessing a pre-configured 'cloud in a box' solution. With this approach they can 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, the company reported.
Dor Skuler, vice president of Alcatel-Lucent Cloud Solutions, said: "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. 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."
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