Alcatel-Lucent is a 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, and to enterprises and institutions throughout the world.
For the past three years, Alcatel-Lucent has been developing CloudBand a platform for Network Functions Virtualization or NFV. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) brings proven cloud computing and IT technologies into the networking domain to help service providers reduce equipment and operational costs, power consumption, and time-to-market for new services and functionality.
Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand™ is an NFV platform that is designed to meet the needs of service provider applications. CloudBand consists of two major components:
The CloudBand Node provides the compute, storage, and local networking infrastructure to be deployed at the distributed NFV points-of-presence. The core technology is an advanced set of infrastructure management, monitoring, and virtualization software for efficient remote operations. The node software comes pre-integrated with industry standard x86 servers and is open to servers from multiple vendors.
The CloudBand Management System provides the following functions for managing virtualized network functions and applications:
CloudBand integrates with the Nuage Networks programmable SDN solution as well as other SDN frameworks. With the Nuage Networks SDN framework, application developers and service providers can specify the networking policies required by the application. The Nuage Networks framework then automatically sets up the associated network structures as virtual machines are created throughout the NFV infrastructure.