Nuage Offers Virtual SDN Platform for Network Automation
While server and storage virtualization has expanded computing beyond fixed machines, the promise of software-defined networking is to extend virtualization to networks. Last week, Nuage (that's French for cloud) Networks, an Alcatel-Lucent owned developer of software-defined networking solutions, released an open software platform to automate networks in data center environments.
While server and storage virtualization has expanded computing beyond fixed machines, the promise of software-defined networking is to extend virtualization to networks. Last week, Nuage (that's French for cloud) Networks, an Alcatel-Lucent owned developer of software defined networking (SDN) solutions, released an open software platform to automate networks in data center environments.
The Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) is based on Alcatel-Lucent’s Service Router Operating System software. The goal with VSP is to enable large enterprises, telecom and cloud service providers to scale their cloud offerings, automating the entire data center network by creating secure “slices” for each customer.
According to Nuage, VSP scales to support large datacenters with thousands of customers, each with thousands of users, making it suitable for public, private and hybrid cloud services delivered either by large enterprise or service providers. The solution works with OpenStack, CloudStack and VMware (NYSE: VMW) cloud environments and any data center network switches, Nuage said.
“Alcatel-Lucent’s SDN strategy and the Nuage Networks branded portfolio announced today builds on the cloud orchestration we already provide with our CloudBand Management System,” said Michel Combes, the newly named Alcatel-Lucent chief executive. “We are very well-positioned to help telecom and cloud service providers build large scale cloud infrastructure and services, opening up new revenue opportunities for our customers and ourselves.”
Nuage’s reasoning behind VSP is that data center networks haven’t kept up with how seamlessly and rapidly operators can add or change virtual servers and storage to meet customer requirements. While the network has high capacity, it’s not flexible enough to best use that capacity and provisioning still requires technical planning, manual configuration and complex systems and processes to connect customers to compute and storage resources.
SDN holds the potential to address the problem and Nuage believes that its platform is a step ahead at this point. According to the company, VSP supplies seamless network connectivity inside the data center, between data centers and data center to enterprise virtual private network (VPN) connectivity. Nuage pointed to a Bell Labs study that showed VSP to improve network usage and efficiency as much as 40 percent.
Sunil Khandekar, Nuage chief executive, said the company is “focused on getting the network out of the way so that it no longer constrains the server and storage resources or the performance of cloud services.”