Red Hat platform to underpin Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand

Vendor chooses Enterprise Linux OpenStack platform for managing CloudBand nodes.

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Red Hat platform to underpin Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand Balakrishnan: Service providers want better control over their products and services
By Staff Writer Published  February 23, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent has chosen Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack as the common platform for its network functions virtualisation (NFV) solution, CloudBand, it was announced last week.

NFV solutions use virtualisation technology to consolidate several network equipment types on industry-standard, high-volume servers, switches and storage. The CloudBand platform is supposed to offer Alcatel-Lucent customers new approaches to designing, deploying and managing networking services.

Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent chose Enterprise Linux OpenStack platform for use in managing CloudBand nodes, an all-in-one compute, storage and network node system that interfaces with the CloudBand Management System, as well as any OpenStack-enabled nodes.

Alcatel-Lucent said that the technology would help its service provider customers determine specific demands that are being placed on their networks.

"Working with Red Hat, the major contributor to OpenStack, gives us both the visibility and ability to provide input to OpenStack upstream projects, in order to highlight specific stringent requirements networks demand," said Dor Skuler, vice president and general manager of Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand business unit.

"The insight that both Alcatel and Red Hat bring - from ETSI NFV to OpenStack - and the CloudBand NFV platform is essential to drive the telecommunications industry forward."

Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager of virtualisation and OpenStack at Red Hat, said that service providers want better control over their products and services, and that its technology could help to provide that.

"We're delighted that Red Hat's technology has been recognized as best-in-class in the industry for the CloudBand NFV platform and excited that our strength in bringing open source innovation from projects to enterprise-ready products will offer value to all the vendors hosting applications on CloudBand," he said.

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