Alcatel-Lucent makes its network play for the cloud

8 Jan

Gigaom

Alcatel Lucent, the grandaddy in telecommunications gear, has dreams of getting into the cloud infrastructure game with a new venture called Nuage Networks (nuage means cloud in French). The division was created a year ago and is prepping a new product aimed at creating flexible and programmable networks for cloud providers.

Because of the venture’s telco background, Nuage CEO Sunil Khandekar says the plan is to start marketing the Nuage product to telco cloud customers first. However it could work in any enterprise data center. But while Khandekar was willing to tell me that the product is facing its first customer trials this month ahead of an April launch, he didn’t want to tell me what, exactly, it is. He did stress that the product will work with existing software and hardware to deliver flexible and programmable networks.

The goal of the Nuage product is to help customers offer their…

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