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New enterprise solutions offer real-time video, audio collaboration

Veronica C. Silva | March 17, 2011
Devices, software enhance user experience, increase firm ROI

Manila, Philippines, 17 March 2011 – Alcatel-Lucent recently introduced a range of solutions designed to enhance companies’ user experience with high-quality video and audio collaboration that takes into account the network infrastructure companies have.

 The solutions, including cameras, IP phones, switches and collaborative applications, are part of the French company’s vision of “application fluency” for enterprise network infrastructures. The vision centres on delivering solutions that will help customers use high-quality, mission critical, real-time applications across the enterprise.

Alcatel-Lucent’s new devices, such as IP cameras in video surveillance systems, smart IP desktop phones and 802.11n Wireless LAN (WLAN) access points, are resilient enough for 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) bandwidth with enhanced security features.

Another new solution, the new OmniSwitch 6850E stackable LAN switch series, is a more cost-effective option for GigE to 10 GigE uplinks, the company said, as it can expand bandwidth capabilities.

The company also released a new Alcatel-Lucent Operating System (AOS) for the network edge which “delivers increased resiliency and utilisation of network links, along with dynamic power management for optimised power allocation and maximising the green benefits of power over Ethernet (PoE).” It also features enhanced security, such as user authentication and rogue device detection capabilities with simplified operations with a new copper cable troubleshooting tool.

Enterprise-ready

“As more IT departments are recognising it’s not just about the plumbing, but the user experience, Alcatel-Lucent’s solutions are ready to support new applications and new devices for employees and customers as a new form of conversation is unfolding in the way we conduct business,” said Mike Spanbauer, principal analyst, Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology at Current Analysis.

Commenting on the announcement, an analyst said the solutions are ripe for the Asia Pacific market where there is a surge in demand for collaboration applications.

“Video conferencing tools have grown in excess of 15 per cent over the last few years, and collaboration applications are expected become more pervasive to drive strong growth in the next three to five years,” said Shivanu Shukla, associate director, ICT practice (Asia Pacific), Frost & Sullivan, in an e-mail correspondence with MIS Asia. “Enterprises will be interested in adopting solutions that improve network performance and can deliver more collaboration applications.”But for this powerful real-time video and audio collaboration to happen, Shukla also advised enterprises to review the network infrastructure they have. “Enterprises need to upgrade their network infrastructure if they are looking to adopt and use the new collaboration tools that are real-time and can be bandwidth intensive,” he added.Alcatel-Lucent said their new solutions, based on the Application Fluent Network, are available now for corporate LAN edge and service provider partners to provide metro Ethernet services.

 

 

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