Alcatel-Lucent shores up cloud network pact with HP

Alcatel-Lucent and HP expand their existing alliance to support the construction of network-enabled, distributed cloud systems

At HP's Discover conference in Barcelona, Alcatel-Lucent and HP announced the expansion of their existing worldwide alliance to target opportunities around network-enabled, distributed cloud.

HP will sell Alcatel-Lucent internet protocol (IP) routing and optical networking products through its routing and storage portfolios.

The suppliers hope to enable enterprises to better exploit the convergence between IT and telecoms to build datacentre and network systems that “reduce complexity, lower operational expenditure and boost agility, to accelerate innovation of new products and services”, said HP Enterprise senior vice-president and general manager, Antonio Neri.

The partnership will focus on storage, routing and next-generation platforms.

HP Storage will extend its own systems between datacentres to offer joint customers end-to-end business continuity and disaster recovery, using long-distance, synchronous, low-latency replication, using HP 3PAR RemoteCopy over Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS optical products for distances of up to 130km.

HP Networking will begin to sell a number of Alcatel-Lucent carrier-grade routing products, giving wide area networks (WANs) more scale to deal with the transition towards cloud. These will ship in the second quarter of 2015.

On next-generation platforms, Alcatel-Lucent – a member of the Early Access Forum for HP’s OpenStack distributed cloud platform, Helion – will adopt a number of HP IT technologies and supply chain efficiencies, to offer more sophisticated systems based on common technologies to help customers exploit standards-based server, processor and operating system (OS) technology in the cloud.

As an HP customer, Alcatel-Lucent global CTO Elizabeth Theophille said: “Being able to leverage cloud for R&D, testing and new application deployments is imperative and gives me the flexibility to deliver compute at a pace we haven’t done before.”

The two firms had already been working on network virtualisation technology. HP’s Distributed Cloud Networking network overlay software is based, in part, on software developed by Alcatel-Lucent’s SDN unit Nuage Networks.

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