Alcatel-Lucent To Help Enterprises Meet Mobility Challenges
The Enterprise division of Alcatel-Lucent has launched new technologies to address the challenges created by pervasive mobility and the explosion of new applications being introduced within enterprises. This comes amidst IDC predictions that the enterprise mobility sector in the Asia-Pacific region is set to boom, and is expected to reach a value of $2.3 billion by 2017.
As part of its Unified Access approach for both wired and wireless networks, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has introduced an innovative access switch and additional network capabilities. This will give IT departments across India and the Asia-Pacific region more visibility and control of the network, while employees and customers will gain flexibility to use the applications they need.
Fueled by cloud services, a booming smartphone market growing at 166.8%and the ‘BYOD’ phenomenon in India, the number and type of applications used in enterprises is growing, requiring IT teams to be armed with new tools and capabilities that ensure business goals are met and the network remains secure.
Rohit Mehra, Vice President Network Infrastructure, IDC, says: “As enterprise IT evangelizes on getting more operational efficiency from their campus network infrastructure deployments, a unified view of wired and wireless network access provides an interesting value proposition, especially when it comes to application discovery, visibility and analytics. Aligned with one of IDC’s predictions for 2014, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s approach of enabling wired and wireless access via SDN and increased programmability will lead to an improved application and user experience that IT will want to leverage.”
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is adding deep packet inspection at the wired and wireless access layer, expanding its Application Fluent Network capabilities. It can now consolidate this information with network analytics tools that help IT teams gain improved visibility into the applications, and also create policies and enforce them at the edge of the network to secure and optimize delivery of applications to employees and customers.
Additionally, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise helps businesses create more agile networks needed to deploy applications now that its entire portfolio has Software Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities. Its end-to-end SDN architecture is completed in this launch with the support of SDN interfaces reaching across the access, to the core and into the data center, providing customers investment protection and enabling interoperability with third-party solutions. The SDN capabilities include REST API’s, OpenFlow 1.0/1.3 and the ability to leverage OpenStack plug-ins for full orchestration across the entire network.
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