New CloudBand ‘carrier cloud’ solution brings the reliability, security
and high performance of communications networks to the cloud services
Paris - November 17, 2011 – Today Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext
Paris and NYSE: ALU) is introducing a new solution, called
CloudBand, which brings together the computing power and flexibility of the
cloud with the high performance, reliability and security of communications
networks. CloudBand is the foundation for a new class of ‘carrier cloud’
services that will enable communications service providers to bring the
benefits of the cloud to their own networks and business operations, and put
them in an ideal position to offer a new range of high-performance cloud
services to enterprises and consumers.
The public cloud model has transformed how we access applications and use
computing power and data storage. Applications and data can now be accessed
on-demand from data centers through the Internet. Some services, however, are
dependent on levels of quality and performance that the public cloud is not
able to provide.
Recent Alcatel-Lucent research that surveyed nearly 3500 enterprise IT
decision makers has found that their biggest concern by far about the cloud is
performance, followed by security. CloudBand helps address these concerns by
drawing on the unique strengths of communications service providers to create a
new level of ‘business class’ cloud services that are delivered using secure,
reliable, high-performance communications networks. This new level of service
offers lower latency, better control of bandwidth and the ability to provide a
guaranteed quality of service, all of which are necessary to meet the stringent
performance demands of consumers and enterprises.
CloudBand is comprised of two distinct elements: the CloudBand Management
System – which delivers orchestration and optimization of services between
the communications network and the cloud; and the CloudBand Node, which
provides the computing, storage and networking hardware and associated software
to host a wide range of cloud services. CloudBand will be available for
deployment in the first half of 2012.
Building the carrier cloud
CloudBand will enable communications service providers to deliver networking
services from the cloud. By shifting to a cloud-based delivery model, service
providers will be able to market and deliver new services to customers quickly,
with improved quality of service and at lower cost. Using CloudBand, service
providers can ‘virtualize’ many of the critical elements of their networks by
converting them into software which is run in the cloud and accessed on demand
as needed to address shifts in customer usage patterns.
Rather than having to install dedicated equipment for every communication
service, such as SMS or video, service providers can instead draw from the
carrier cloud to address demand. This approach offers service providers an
enormous amount of ‘elasticity’, meaning they can expand or shrink particular
elements of their service mix quickly as market demand dictate. It also means
they can test out new services without having to make a massive investment,
making it much easier to start small and grow as needed.
The biggest challenge in making the carrier cloud a reality is bringing the
computing and communications network assets together. CloudBand, which features
advanced algorithms developed by Bell Labs, orchestrates the network, computing
and data storage elements distributed throughout the network. This approach
results in the creation of a single, extremely powerful and flexible service
delivery and computing platform that can support a wide range of services,
eliminating the need for dedicated hardware platforms for each individual
service. As importantly, this orchestration capability can be expanded beyond
the service provider’s network to help manage access to a wide array of public
and private clouds.
Adolfo Hernandez, President, of Alcatel-Lucent’s Software, Services &
Solutions Group said: “From our research we know that performance is the
highest concern of IT decision makers. We also know that they believe
communications service providers are in the best position to deliver the
quality and security they expect, making them the cloud provider of choice for
the enterprise world.
Hernandez added: “The network makes the cloud, and communications service
providers own the networks. That’s a very powerful combination.”
Informa telecommunications analyst Camille Mendler said: “Service
providers’ cloud investments have already exceeded $11 billion in 2011, but
financial rewards will only come if their computing and network assets are
tightly integrated. Orchestration platforms like Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand
support efficient consumption and control of diverse digital resources. Better
control means better performance – and that’s absolutely critical to
differentiate and win customers.”
Alcatel-Lucent’s global cloud initiative
CloudBand is a key element of the company’s cloud initiative, which supports
the adoption and transformation of Alcatel-Lucent’s own platforms and
applications to a cloud-based architecture. These applications are also offered
as a service from Alcatel-Lucent’s cloud to carriers; 18 million subscribers
are currently being served through this initiative.
Alcatel-Lucent is working with a number of partners to make this cloud
vision a reality, most notably HP. The ten-year strategic global agreement with
HP was formed to jointly develop a wide array of converged solutions for the
information and communication technology (ICT) market and bridge the gap
between the data center and the network.
Visit our website to learn more about
CloudBand and our global cloud initiative. We also invite you to check out
a video on Alcatel-Lucent’s vision for
the carrier cloud.