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Current Analysis - Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise “Very Threatening”

11/13/2012



Story Highlights
  • Data center switching solution is "Very Threatening"
  • Application Fluent Network meets demands of rich media applications
  • Networks require little to no administrative interaction


The data center switching solution from Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise was recognized as "Very Threatening" for both scale and market presence.

Rarely do the words “Very Threatening” reflect an endorsement.

A Current Analysis report from late 2012 puts into perspective what “Very Threatening” looks like in the data center switching infrastructure category, and the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise mesh architecture meets that criteria. Business demands a reliable data center, and the Alcatel-Lucent Application Fluent Network (AFN) approach stands out according to Current Analysis.

“Alcatel-Lucent is very threatening in the data center with both scale and market presence to weather any storm. ALU brings years of carrier class experience and design concepts to the enterprise data center solution with resilience and simplicity that have long been heralded as critical attributes of the most demanding networks on the planet, telephony” according to Mike Spanbauer, Current Analysis Service Director, Business Technology and Software.

The IT industry is heading towards an application aware environment

Current Analysis described the Alcatel-Lucent Application Fluent Network approach as the embodiment of a flexible network that meets the demands of rich media applications and virtualization within the enterprise. The report also noted news around the industry supports the belief that the market is heading towards an application aware environment “…and here, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has a head start.”

An Application Fluent Network’s infrastructure is the foundation for important new unified communication and collaboration technologies that provide a quality user experience for anyone using new multimedia and collaboration tools.

What does it mean for IT Admin?

The AFN mesh architecture is built on the award-winning Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch portfolio, which has received continuous investments for enhancements over the years. Current Analysis recognizes that Alcatel-Lucent has worked to dispel the myth that these networks are difficult to configure or are high maintenance. Instead, the new architecture enables the network manager to configure the network based on application profiles, where changes are made dynamically to devices in the transmission path and require little or no administrative interaction for a switch to be optimized based on application type.

The data center switching solution from Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise was recognized as “Very Threatening” for both scale and market presence. Backed by years of carrier-class experience and design concepts for the enterprise data center that deliver resilience and simplicity, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise customers can say “Very Threatening” is very attractive.