Subscribe to the InfoTech eNewsletter

infoTECH News

TMCNet:  Alcatel-Lucent broadens its enterprise SDN capabilities; OpenFlow support and OpenStack integration with Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch provide practical SDN use cases for the enterprise

[December 11, 2013]

Alcatel-Lucent broadens its enterprise SDN capabilities; OpenFlow support and OpenStack integration with Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch provide practical SDN use cases for the enterprise

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Paris - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has unveiled new software defined networking (SDN) technologies for the OmniSwitch Ethernet LAN portfolio of its Enterprise division that will help companies meet the increasing demands of employees and customers to use the applications they want, when and where they want to use them.

Enterprise IT departments are burdened with the adoption of newer technologies (the consumerisation of IT, BYOD, and virtualised applications, to name a few) to meet demands of their customers, and are looking for ways to provide on demand flexibility and capacity without an increase in operational overhead. To help overcome these challenges, Alcatel-Lucent is expanding its Application Fluent Network vision to help enterprises build SDN-based solutions in an affordable manner. These additional SDN capabilities, featuring automation and provisioning, support practical use cases which solve real world issues in the enterprise, making SDN the foundation for a new and improved user experience.

OpenFlow support and OpenStack integration are available now on the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch product via a free software upgrade or at no additional charge when a new system is purchased. "These capabilities ensure that OmniSwitch solutions are open and will work seamlessly with the company's partner ecosystem and industry SDN leaders' solutions," said Stephane Robineau, general manager and vice president, Enterprise Networks business, Alcatel-Lucent.

The following enterprise-scale SDN use cases offer customers practical benefits of a programmable network: - Optimising wireless (Wi-Fi) traffic flows - OpenFlow-enabled Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitches interoperating with Aruba wireless controller can dynamically route traffic for optimal performance improving the user experience with bandwidth intensive, real-time applications on a wireless network.

- Enhanced security for application traffic flows - When an unwanted application or traffic pattern is detected, an automatic security policy is immediately created and enforced at the OmniSwitch level to stop malicious network traffic. This capability leverages RESTful interfaces and Application Fingerprinting that are enabled by Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitches and Radware DefensePro.

- Software Defined Data Centre - As storage and data networks converge, the programmable interface of SDN provides a consistent policy across these networks to improve the delivery of applications. IP and fibre channel based storage can be managed on the converged data centre network through the programmable interfaces available on Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch enabling a true software defined data centre.

The following capabilities supporting these use cases have been added to Alcatel-Lucent's application fluent network portfolio.

- OpenFlow 1.3 support complements previously released RESTful API support on OmniSwitch products, providing an additional northbound SDN interface for interoperability in an open and multi-vendor SDN-controlled environment. Alcatel-Lucent demonstrated its commitement to the industry standards based initiatives by participating at the Open Network User Group (ONUG) plugfest held in October 2013. As a member of NEC's SDN Application Center partner program, Alcatel-Lucent validated its OmniSwitch 6900 SDN interfaces integration with NEC's ProgrammableFlow's northbound API. Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise's focus has been on standard's-based implementation and interoperability to provide an open infrastructure to Enterprises. Another example of this is the Shortest-Path-Bridging interoperability testing conducted at Interop 2013 Las Vegas.

- OpenStack integration provides additional southbound SDN interfaces that enable open and multi-vendor virtualised SDN ecosystems.

- A new module available for the OmniSwitch 6900 with a Native Fibre Channel interface and built-in Fibre Channel-to-Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Gateway enables convergence of storage and data networking in the data centre. This capability has been validated with QLogic Storage Area Network (SAN) fabric and NetApp storage arrays.

Quotes Industry Analyst Nick Lippis, Lippis Enterprises, Inc., "Alcatel-Lucent's integration of OpenFlow and OpenStack into its Application Fluent Network Portfolio promises to encompasses the automation of network configuration and change management through open programmable network interfaces. Alcatel-Lucent's commitment to open standards provides IT business leader choice and empowerment to build multi-vendor interoperable open networks." Technology Partners Aruba Networks Dominic Orr, president chief executive officer, Aruba Networks commented, "Alcatel-Lucent and Aruba Networks are extending the capabilities of SDN to the enterprise campus LAN networks to help enterprises take the benefit of dynamic traffic engineering for ever changing environments. Interoperability using open standards between the Aruba Wireless Controller and Alcatel-Lucent's OmniSwitches validates an open wireless architecture that is fundamental to enabling a SDN-based infrastructure capable of controlling traffic on an application-by-application basis." NEC Don Clark, director of business development, NEC Corporation of America noted, "Software-defined networking provides the flexibility and programmability required for today's business goals. Alcatel-Lucent and NEC have successfully validated OpenFlow 1.3 interoperability between the OmniSwitch 6900 and NEC's ProgrammableFlow® PF 6800 Controller. The successful interoperability between our two SDN offerings demonstrates the benefits of an open SDN network and scalable, high performance network fabric." QLogic Vikram Karvat, vice president of marketing, QLogic commented, "SDN technologies provide greater flexibility in the data centre by enabling IT managers to build adaptable networks to suit changing user requirements. Together with Alcatel-Lucent's OmniSwitch 6900 SDN switch, QLogic Fibre Channel HBAs and Converged Network Adapters can be deployed to enable a new level of converged, adaptable network infrastructure. Organisations can now automate the network fabric, leverage server virtualisation to facilitate policy-driven service provisioning and facilitate greater VM mobility." Radware Amir Peles, vice president of Technology for Radware said, "The combined value proposition of OmniSwitch and Radware's DefensePro provides a wide coverage against DDoS attacks. OmniSwitch provides high capacity mitigation through wire speed inspection of application attack filters, and Radware's DefensePro automatically detects attacks and mitigates them immediately. Furthermore, the system offers a security dashboard in real time that can generate detailed and forensic reports for further review." About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) Alcatel-Lucent is at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, enterprises and institutions throughout the world.

Underpinning Alcatel-Lucent in driving the industrial transformation from voice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and information is Bell Labs, an integral part of Alcatel-Lucent and one of the world's foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent innovations have resulted in the company being recognised by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MIT Technology Review as amongst 2012's Top 50 "World's Most Innovative Companies". Alcatel-Lucent has also been recognised for innovation in sustainability, being named Industry Group Leader for Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the company's mission to realise the potential of a connected world.

With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2012, Alcatel-Lucent is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges (Euronext and NYSE: ALU). The company is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on:, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow the Company on Twitter:

For more information, please contact: Tracy Dupree Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Tel: + 1 818 878 4408 Email: Claire Grant PR for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Tel: 01780 721 433 Email: ((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at on the world wide web. Inquiries to


[ InfoTech Spotlight's Homepage ]

blog comments powered by Disqus


Subscribe to InfoTECH Spotlight eNews

InfoTECH Spotlight eNews delivers the latest news impacting technology in the IT industry each week. Sign up to receive FREE breaking news today!
FREE eNewsletter