Current Analysis Rates Data Center Switching Very Strong - Again


At a glance

Overall Rating: Very Strong
Class: Data Center Switching Infrastructure
Market: Business Technology and Software
Report Date: March 23, 2015
Analyst: Mike Fratto, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology

Current Analysis rates ALE AFN Technology

“Very Strong” is yet again the recent assessment from Current Analysis’ Mike Fratto, of the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Application Fluent Network data center switching solution.

Since the Data Center Switching solution was announced in 2011, with its innovative mesh/pod architecture, it has  consistently out-paced the product class average rating.  

Here are some of the highlights from Current Analysis.  We encourage you to download the complete data center switching report.

“Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) is very strong in the data center with both the scale and market presence to weather any storm. It continues to post gains in revenue and is seeing growth in markets around the globe".

"The Application Fluent Network (AFN) is described by ALE as the embodiment of a flexible network that meets the demands of rich media applications and virtualization within the enterprise. Recent announcements from many vendors reinforce the increasing awareness that the market is heading towards an application-aware environment, and here, ALE has a head start.”

Competitive Strengths

  • The Application Fluent Network addresses one of the greatest IT challenges in the data center - managing the application experience versus the devices and individual elements.
  • The fully integrated OpenFlow 1.0/1.3 agent allows integration and operational control by standard-based SDN controllers.
  • Integration with Citrix  delivers virtual desktops quickly and reliably.
  •  The Data Center Mesh and Pod architecture is both simple to deploy and highly scalable, with support for up to 28,000 10GbE server facing access ports with just two core switches.
  • Demonstrated Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) interoperability and highly programmable and scriptable CLI and RESTful interfaces simplifies the integration with OpenStack orchestration, and are the foundation of the company’s  SDN plans.
  • Full interoperability with existing infrastructures enables deployment and transition to the mesh/pod architecture without requiring wholesale replacement, thus preserving investment and easing customers into full fabric architecture gracefully.
  • The10GbE and 40GbE options in the product family to provide investment protection and scale capacity for the platforms.
  • The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise  Virtual Network Profile’ (vNP) technology is a predefined application behavior profile that that dictates network behavior.  vNP also includes the ability to detect VMs in VXLAN environments, providing visibility and control across both the virtual and physical networks
  • Virtual network profile is a key element of the intelligent  fabric and simplified administration.

Read the complete Current Analysis Data Center Switching Report here.

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