Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today unveiled major enhancements of its enterprise solutions portfolio with the launch of its Unified Access approach for both wired and wireless networks.
The rapid proliferation of mobile devices and use of multimedia services among employees has led to new challenges for enterprises and IT managers. Multiple operating systems, adoption of cloud, and dynamic network demands are overwhelming the capabilities of separate standalone IT tools and systems. In addition, many enterprise networks have not kept pace with the need to deliver secure and dynamic services to user communities.
Alcatel-Lucent’s Unified Access is the first converged wired and wireless solution to address networking challenges, management complexity and offer a consistent user experience. It comprises a rich set of secure BYOD (“bring your own device”) services that enable employees and customers to use corporate or personal, wired or wireless devices on the enterprise network, while the enhancements also help simplify IT operations, improving security and protecting business investments.
As a result, Unified Access enhances Alcatel-Lucent’s Converged Campus Network solution, delivering the power of policy integration, network services, BYOD support and cross-platform security to enterprise networks.
Unified Access can be implemented via software upgrades without replacing existing equipment, providing a gradual approach to evolving the network and maximizing investment. IT managers can also easily define appropriate security and quality of service (QoS) policies enabling the network to dynamically adjust to the communication context, taking into consideration priorities and bandwidth criteria for user, device, application, location and time of day.
To drive adoption of Unified Access, Alcatel-Lucent is working with long-time technology partner Aruba Networks (NASDAQ: ARUN) to offer a full suite of BYOD services as part of the unified and open-campus network solutions. With a common strategy towards open standards and emerging technologies, such as software defined networking (SDN), the resulting integrated wired and wireless solutions provide a best-of-breed approach eliminating vendor lock-in and reducing total cost of ownership.
Since 2001, Abilene Christian University (ACU), based in Abilene, Texas, has built a long standing relationship with Alcatel-Lucent. Unified Access and Aruba ClearPass technology enables ACU to bring all products under one view and provide a stronger platform to deliver innovative capabilities for students in the near future. The IT staff, faculty, educators and 4500 students are already experiencing benefits from the Unified Access offer.
“We built a network that protects students and also gives them a consistent experience that meets the expectations of their digital lives,” said Kevin Roberts, Abilene Christian University CIO. “At ACU we focused on providing critical learning opportunities for our students, and offering the latest in technology helps make this real.”
“Alcatel-Lucent was one of the first partners in the history of our company,” said Dominic Orr, CEO and President of Aruba Networks. “Aruba has long embraced a vision of the open intelligent campus, and I’m delighted that we have a like-minded partner in Alcatel-Lucent. Their Unified Access strategy combines the best of both of our technologies, and delivers a unified platform to customers that solves today’s IT challenges.”
“Alcatel-Lucent is known for its ability to deliver deeply integrated solutions to solve real customer needs,” said Michel Emelianoff, President, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise. “We knew that the current wave of BYOD and mobility would bring new challenges that needed a holistic solution. Unified Access is our answer to these challenges. We have architected Unified Access to not only solve these challenges but simplify adoption.”
“Unified Access is promising to bring wired and wireless networks together from a management and security perspective. Alcatel-Lucent is taking the next steps to focus on the user experience with the integration of services that enable employees to access a consistent experience across all devices. By offering Unified Access over the entire enterprise portfolio, customers can decide how aggressive they want to be - as they need and can afford to - in building their Unified Access strategy,” said Zeus Kerravala, Principal at ZK Research.