Nuage Networks introduces 2nd generation SDN solution for datacenter networks, accelerating the move to business cloud services

Nuage Networks introduces 2nd generation SDN solution for datacenter networks,
               accelerating the move to business cloud services

Exponential-e, SFR, and UPMC to commence evaluation in April of software
defined networking solution from Alcatel-Lucent venture

PR Newswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 2, 2013

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Nuage Networks™, an
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) venture focused on software
defined networking (SDN) solutions, has today announced an open software-based
solution to address the key datacenter network constraints that limit cloud
services adoption. The Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) will allow
healthcare, banking, utilities and other enterprise market segments, as well
as webscale companies – large Internet-based companies - and telecom service
providers, toscale their cloud offers and provide instant, secure
connectivity to multiple customers.

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Trials of the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform begin inApril in
Europe and North America. Trial customers include UK cloud service provider
Exponential-e, French telecoms service provider SFR and leading US healthcare
provider, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Worldwide commercial
availability is planned for mid-2013.

Michel Combes, new CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said: "It's exciting to start my
first day as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent with an announcement that expands our
addressable market. Alcatel-Lucent's SDN strategy and the Nuage Networks
branded portfolio announced today builds on the cloud orchestration we already
provide with our CloudBand™ Management System. We are very well positioned to
help telecom and cloud service providers build large scale cloud
infrastructure and services, opening up new revenue opportunities for our
customers and ourselves."

Consumers and business users are driving demand for cloud computing and
storage. Current datacenters are well equipped from an IT perspective.
Datacenter operators can add or change virtual servers and storage almost
instantly to meet customer demands.

But the network isn't keeping up – it has high capacity, but it's not flexible
enough to make use of that capacity. Network provisioning still requires
detailed technical planning, manual configuration and complex systems and
processes to connect customers to compute and storage resources. SDN helps
solve this problem and IDC forecasts the worldwide SDN market will grow from
$360m in 2013 to $3.7Bn by 2016^1.

SDN companies approach the market in different ways. While most first
generation SDN solves part of the problem, Nuage Networks' Virtualized
Services Platform (VSP) is a comprehensive solution. VSP automates the entire
datacenter network, creating secure "slices" for each customer, changing
provisioning time from days to minutes. VSP also scales to support very large
datacenters with thousands of customers, each with thousands of users. This
makes it suitable for public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud services
delivered by large enterprises, webscale companies or telecom service

To contrast:

Requirement              Current (1st          Nuage Networks VSP
                         Generation) Solutions
VM Connectivity and      Within one datacenter Across multiple datacenters
Mobility                 (partial or full)
Integration with Service Manual                Seamless, Automated
Provider MPLS VPNs
Network Virtualization   L2 with L3/L4 support Integrated L2-L4
Control Plane            Proprietary           Open/Standards based (BGP)
Service Management and   Basic                 Policy-based provisioning,
Automation                                     abstraction and analytics

Nuage Networks' VSP:

  oProvides an open, software-only solution that works with OpenStack,
    CloudStack and VMware cloud environments and any datacenter network
  oDelivers seamless network connectivity inside the datacenter, between
    datacenters as well as datacenter to Enterprise VPN connectivity.
  oImproves network utilization and efficiency by up to 40 percent according
    to Bell Labs studies. In addition, by removing networking constraints we
    enable unrestricted placement and mobility of compute workloads, driving
    up to 40 percent increase in server utilization.
  oMakes the network available instantaneously no matter where the
    application is running – even if the application moves to a virtual
    machine in another rack of servers or to another datacenter.
  oDelivers full programmability using a set of standardized APIs in clear
    IT-friendly language.
  oBased on software from Alcatel-Lucent's Service Router Operating System
    (SR OS) and its 10 years of reliable, large scale, business-critical
    network performance worldwide, including 40 of the top 40 telecom service


Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks: "SDN is one of the most exciting and
promising new technologies in datacenter networking. At Nuage Networks, we're
focused on getting the network out of the way so that it no longer constrains
the server and storage resources or the performance of cloud services. We do
that by offering a platform that is technology and layer agnostic. As more
companies move to a cloud service environment, we can help them automate their
networks to deliver instant connectivity to their customers."

Mukesh Bavisi, Managing Director of Exponential-e: "At Exponential-e we are
operating in a very competitive market and pride ourselves on delivering the
most innovative and differentiated services. As such, we are pleased to trial
the Nuage Networks SDN solution tomeet the dynamic needs of our customers."

Ibrahim Gedeon, Chief Technology Officer at TELUS said: "TELUS is investing in
multi-tenant datacenter infrastructures to deliver the most innovative cloud
services to our customers. The value we expect to see from SDN technologies is
exactly along the lines of the Nuage Networks proposition of a virtualized and
automated datacenter network infrastructure that gives us the agility to turn
up cloud services very quickly while connecting seamlessly to the VPN services
our business customers consume today. We commend Nuage Networks on their

William Hanna, vice president of IT infrastructure at UPMC, said: "UPMC has
been a leader in virtualizing our data centers to provide fast, reliable and
flexible services to our clinicians and other customers in a rapidly changing
healthcare landscape. With the Nuage Networks SDN solution, we hope to further
our strategy of using smart technology to support patient-centered,
accountable care."

About the Nuage Networks SDN Solution and Ecosystem

Nuage Networks offers a holistic cloud networking solution. Nuage Networks is
integrating the security and virtualization capabilities of Citrix, F5, HP and
Palo Alto Networks with its highly scalable Virtualized Services Platform
(VSP) – a complete network services solution for the multi-tenanted cloud
datacenter. The solution separates and abstracts the definition and creation
of datacenter network services using three key elements: the Virtualized
Services Controller (VSC), the Virtualized Services Directory (VSD) and the
Virtual Routing and Switching Engine (VRS). All three elements will be
available for trials in April 2013.


Sameer Dholakia, Group VP and GM, Cloud Platforms Group, Citrix said:
"An integration of the Nuage Networks SDN solution with Citrix XenServer and
Citrix CloudPlatform powered by Apache CloudStack will enable enterprise and
service provider customers to instantaneously anddynamically create network
services in their datacenter and deliver applications more quickly. Nuage's
efforts with partners like Citrix demonstrate how the spirit of openness can
help spur innovation in cloud services."

Jim Ritchings, Senior Vice President, Business Development at F5 Networks
said: "F5 is already working with Nuage Networks toincorporate the SDN Layer
4-7 services capabilities of F5's platform into its new solution. Nuage
Networks has taken a powerful and novel approach to delivering network
services instantaneously and flexibly in a virtualized environment. As traffic
management is central to performance, availability and dynamic services
creation for cloud-based applications, our work with Nuage Networks can help
accelerate the deployment of differentiated cloud services for our customers."

Mark Potter, Senior Vice President and General Manager for HPs Industry
Standard Servers said: "The service provider community is looking to engage in
the cloud market with new and dynamic services enabled by SDN. HP and Nuage
Networks are aligned in supporting the transition to an industry standard
approach to SDN and we are pleased to offer our market leading servers and
storage as part of the Nuage solution."

Chad Kinzelberg, senior vice president of Business and Corporate Development
of Palo Alto Networks said:
"Palo Alto Networks has collaborated with Nuage Networks to bring our
customers robust, dynamic and scalable control over our next-generation
firewall products, whether they are appliances or virtual firewalls. We
commend Nuage's leading approach to empowering the cloud through network
control that includes the critical service layer, a key capability to catalyze
SDN adoption."

Nuage Networks is hosting a live webcast press conference on April 2, 9:15am
PDT (12:15pm EDT/6pm CEST). Visit: to
join the event.

About Us

Nu-ahj: From French, meaning cloud. Nuage Networks brings a unique
combination of groundbreaking technologies and unmatched networking expertise
to the enterprise and telecommunications industries. The Silicon Valley-based
startup is able to apply radically new thinking to the problem of delivering
massively-scalable and high programmable SDN solutions with carrier-class
reliability. Nuage Networks, backed by Alcatel-Lucent's (Euronext Paris and
NYSE: ALU) fast growing IP division, has the pedigree to serve the needs of
the world's biggest clouds. The cloud has made promises – the mission of
Nuage Networks is to help you realize them.

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^1 IDC Evolution or Disruption: Where are we headed with Software Defined
Networking (SDN), doc #DR2013_T4_RM, March 2013

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