Lucent Technologies has announced a joint IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based solution with IBM.
IMS is a core and service architecture that enables the convergence of data, voice, video and multimedia technology over an IP-based infrastructure. A successful IMS infrastructure must be able to scale and adapt over time, freeing service providers to focus on differentiated services instead of focusing on the underlying infrastructure to support those services.
The incorporation of IBM’s blade server technology is the result of Lucent's recently announced technology relationship and Lucent customers will now have the option to deploy parts of the vendor’s IMS portfolio on the IBM BladeCenter family of servers. The blade servers can run differing operating systems and applications, while sharing the same chassis.
"Making Lucent's technology available on IBM's BladeCenter platform provides our customers the flexibility to deploy parts of Lucent's IMS portfolio on the platform that best meets their needs," says John Marinho, corporate strategic marketing vice president, Lucent Technologies. "IBM's platform will also be interoperable with Lucent's existing platform."
Lucent says that IBM's portfolio of blade servers provides a single, open, standards-based architecture that can be deployed either in the data centre or within a central office.