November 27, 2012, 4:25 PM — Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise division this week jumped into the SDN market with a strategy to fortify products to enhance network programmability and virtualization.
The company is augmenting its Application Fluent Network strategy with a software-defined networking plan that goes beyond application awareness and network configuration to full automation and real-time tuning to improve user experience and operational routines. Alcatel-Lucent's Application Fluent Network includes routers and switches designed to adjust and optimize forwarding for real-time applications running LANs, WANs and in data centers.
Application Fluent Network detects virtualized applications and applies a profile-driven policy to enable a network to adjust to virtualized traffic in order to meet service quality demands, Alcatel-Lucent says. Policies can include individual user rules, and the type of device and applications being used. When combined with the knowledge of the entire network, Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitches can dynamically adjust network access priority and bandwidth allocation based on required service levels, the company says.
SDN-focused enhancements to the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitches' Application Fluent Networking capabilities include:
" Increased programmability through a set of RESTful APIs designed to enable applications, external controllers and orchestration platforms such as OpenStack and CloudStack to support OmniSwitches;
" Improved application profiling, and new application performance analysis of virtual machine connectivity to react to network conditions in real-time;
" Enhanced global control through identification and automatic service activation of each networked device.
Another aspect of the SDN strategy is VMware certification of Alcatel-Lucent's OmniVista 2500 Virtual Machine Manager. By being classified as VMware Ready, OmniVista 2500 can provide real-time and historical visibility of the enterprise data center network and the location of VMware virtual machines within the network to make adjustments in response to changes in virtualized workloads within and between data centers, Alcatel-Lucent says.