Finally, NSP provides a new level of network programmability which enables operators to develop new bespoke services for their customers.
"With the onslaught of cloud-based concepts hitting the network all at once, our industry has truly embarked on a big change. The cloud-based applications that dominate network traffic have no permanent location or duration. So satisfying consumer and business users' expectations for on-demand connectivity to these applications challenges network operations models as we know them," said Gulyani.
"This is why our Carrier SDN announcement is so important - it brings to market the last major link in a chain of transformative technologies needed to change the way networks deliver services," he added.
Not lagging behind
When asked if the company is late to market this service - considering that there are already existing similar offerings by competitors - Gulyani pointed out that Alcatel-Lucent is in fact aligned with market demand.
"[We] are coming to market with a platform that addresses Carrier SDN in the most holistic way. Today's platforms only address a portion of today's IP/optical networks, and a fraction of the functionality required. They all lack the necessary integration to unify service automation with network automation," he said.
"The Alcatel-Lucent NSP is the first to unify service automation and network optimisation in one integrated Carrier SDN software platform so that network operators can deliver on-demand network services quickly, cost-effectively and with scalability," he added.
According to Gulyani, Cisco is closest to achieving the NSP's scope, but feels that their solution is cobbled together using acquired and repurposed components. It is not a purpose-built solution that can unify service automation with network optimisation, and it does not leverage Cisco's hardened routing software.
On the other hand, Juniper, Huawei and Cienna-Cyan only have a fraction of the overall solution required, depending on their area of expertise.
With regards to expanding to other markets, Gulyani said that he sees the Asian market as a key one for NSP. In fact, Gulyani said that the company is already working with key providers within Singapore that wish to evolve their networks with Carrier SDN.
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