Alcatel-Lucent unveils portfolio of virtualised IP Edge router functions

New portfolio offers up to eight times the performance compared with competitive solutions, allowing IP networks and services to scale without limits

Alcatel-Lucent unveils portfolio of virtualised IP Edge router functions

Alcatel-Lucent has announced it is delivering the industry’s most complete IP edge routing software portfolio built to meet the demands of any carrier cloud environment. The Alcatel-Lucent Virtualised Service Router (VSR) is an extensive suite of software applications that will allow IP networks and services to scale flexibly as demand grows.  

Based on Alcatel-Lucent’s non-stop routing code, the portfolio - which is available now and will continue to roll out in 2015 - will be a rich addition to the company’s routing hardware family, the company said.

With this expansion, Alcatel-Lucent gives service providers and large enterprises both the router software and specialised hardware necessary to build a flexible network with the right performance and economics for the cloud era.

By deploying both hardware and software-based routing functionality, providers will have the best of both worlds, able to evolve networks at their own pace and choose the service delivery to meet the specific needs of their customers.

For example, they could opt to support the ultra-high capacity and performance service demands of large enterprises with hardware-based routers, and meet the needs of smaller business customers with the flexible VSR.

Early NFV deployments show a reduced time-to-market from several months to a few weeks and Alcatel-Lucent is now bringing those benefits to routing. With this model, Alcatel-Lucent enables the telecommunications industry to take on a cloud-centric approach towards building networks and delivering services.

This simplifies the process from ordering to delivery, while reducing the costs and increasing agility, with the ability to scale up, down or out, as required.

Key Facts
While others have focused on delivering one or two router virtual network functions, Alcatel-Lucent has drawn from its extensive experience in developing routing code to deliver the industry’s most complete suite of router applications.
Alcatel-Lucent has architected its routing software to get the best performance, resilience and reliability on general purpose (x86) compute platforms. The company is demonstrating 320G half duplex, or greater than 2 x better than competitor offers, for a virtualised Provider Edge routing application in a single x86 server.

Tests for the new virtualised route reflector application achieved 8 x the performance in the control plane over competitor offers.

Alcatel-Lucent is continuing to innovate in routing hardware giving providers and enterprises the best of both worlds - the software and specialised hardware necessary for the carrier cloud

Services can now be introduced on a small-scale without huge outlays in time, cost and support, and then scaled to meet growth in demand.

Because the VSR is supported by the same Alcatel-Lucent Service Router Operator System (SROS) and managed by the 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM), providers and enterprises will be able to seamlessly deploy the VSR alongside its hardware-based routers.

It is underpinned by Alcatel-Lucent’s five-years of NFV expertise using the CloudBand 2.0 NFV platform and its extensive Nuage Networks SDN capabilities and further builds on its NFV strategy of delivering a full range of networking solutions for a software-driven world.

Nuage Networks portfolio addition
The company also announced an addition to its. The Virtualized Network Services (VNS) solution extends the Nuage Networks SDN capabilities to enterprise and service provider branch locations, giving organisations the freedom to deliver network services to their workgroups instantaneously and securely over any network infrastructure.

Virtualisation realized: IP routing optimised
Alcatel-Lucent’s VSR is designed to operate in any virtualized network environment and comprises:
•    VSR-RR: The industry’s highest performance virtualised route reflector. Available now.
•    VSR-SIM: The full IP-MPLS software-based router simulator. Available now.
•    VSR-PE: The Virtualized Provider Edge delivering Carrier Ethernet and IPN services. Available for demonstration now and commercially available during the first half of 2015.
•    VSR-AA: The Virtualised Application Assurance delivers application-based value added services and application-level reporting and traffic management. Available for demonstration now and commercially available during the first half of 2015.
•    VSR-SEGW: The Virtualised IP Security Gateway  will be available for demonstration during the first half of 2015.
•    VSR-WLGW: The Virtualised Wireless LAN Gateway will be available for demonstration during the second half of 2015.
•    VSR-BNG: The Virtualised Broadband Network Gateway will be available for demonstration during the second half of 2015.

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