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Light Reading talks NFV and SDN with Basil Alwan and top analyst

Ray Le Maistre talks NFV/SDN with Basil Alwan and Sterling Perrin and gives his thoughts on Alcatel-Lucent’s turnaround

November 24, 2014

Light Reading’s Ray Le Maistre recently sat down for insightful fireside chats with several Alcatel-Lucent executives and industry analysts at the company’s recent Technology Symposium in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The hot topic throughout the event was Alcatel-Lucent’s stunning turnaround during the last year, when it transformed from a near bankrupt business to a market leader with a laser focus on the unprecedented shift towards IP and ultra-broadband. Ray also took time to deliver a ringing endorsement of his own.

See Ray’s video: Alcatel-Lucent: Back from the brink

Ray had a lively discussion with Basil Alwan, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing and Transport business, about SDN and NFV. Although Alwan pointed out that the technologies are now widely accepted, he said the focus is now on infrastructure and how the need for agility and flexibility is driving the industry towards the evolution of the new IP network. Alwan also discussed the company’s marquee announcements: – the virtual service router and virtual network services. Both are key elements in Alcatel-Lucent's removing the constraints of connectivity and complexity associated with today’s networks. He also gave a sneak preview of the company’s yet-to-be-announced FP4 chip.

See Basil’s video: The Road to Cloud

In a straightforward chat with Sterling Perrin, senior optical analyst with Heavy Reading, the 2 discussed Alcatel-Lucent’s revival and its focus on IP and optical integration. The integration of IP and optical technology is a key trend in SDN- and NFV-enabled networks because it allows these networks to dynamically deliver cloud services. Sterling was also “pleasantly surprised” to hear optical and IP are factored very much into the company’s growth story. He sees Alcatel-Lucent as clearly coming together in these 2 technologies and that the company has organized itself structurally to take advantage of this.

See Sterling’s video: The new wave of IP and optical integration