The new HP and Alcatel-Lucent Data Center Network Connect (DCNC) is an integrated architecture that brings together the strengths of data centre technology with high-performance communications networks to offer enterprises the same levels of reliability, speed and capacity that are available on telecommunication service provider networks - now at substantially lower cost.
This offering builds upon HP and Alcatel-Lucent's commitment to equip enterprises and service providers with the specific tools they need to deliver converged systems of IT and telecom infrastructures for greater flexibility. DCNC is the latest example of that promise, assisting enterprises in creating efficiencies within their data centres and networks for greater agility. In addition, HP is helping service providers deliver public Cloud offerings to customers by also announcing HP CloudSystem integration with Alcatel-Lucent today.
"Clients are creating vast amounts of information that needs to be resourced, distributed and shared without compromising the quality of data or the speed at which it's delivered", stated Arthur Filip, vice president and general manager, Technology Consulting, HP. "HP and Alcatel-Lucent provide clients a way to securely share extremely high volumes of data between data centre sites when and where it's needed in an instant."
"Alcatel-Lucent and HP's solution is based on technology engineered to satisfy telecommunications service providers that expect their networks to perform with exceptional reliability and meet their needs far into the future", stated Philippe Keryer, president, Networks Group, Alcatel-Lucent. "Large enterprises can confidently invest in these solutions knowing that they will receive the full benefit of their investment for years to come."
DCNC combines HP's breadth of technologies and services for data centres with Alcatel-Lucent's optical transport solutions for service providers and its high-performance service routing and switching portfolio, which are key elements of the Alcatel-Lucent High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture.
DCNC will leverage the strength of Alcatel-Lucent's recently announced CloudBand solution which accesses the power of the distributed network infrastructure to offer large enterprises and governments access to the Cloud with the quality of service their activities require.
To address critical functions such as disaster recovery, data back-up, virtual machine mobility and the creation of Cloud backbones, large enterprises and service providers require an integrated solution that provides ultra-high bandwidth and low latency for connecting data centres. Emerging data centre trends such as server virtualization, scale-out applications, network convergence and Cloud computing have placed new demands on data centre and service provider networks. As such, they require new designs and infrastructure technology that eliminate bandwidth, performance and availability limitations.
The HP and Alcatel-Lucent solution brings together key data centre services and networking offerings from the portfolios of both companies. The DCNC supports immediate data centre demands such as consolidation, business continuity and security, while laying the foundation for service-oriented, on-demand computing technologies.
DCNC takes advantage of high-performance service routing, switching and optical transport capabilities so clients can address the demanding requirements of the financial services, health care and media sectors, where speed and bandwidth capacity are crucial to delivering services.
HP Enterprise Services, which offers a range of data centre services for HP's outsourcing clients, used Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 PSS (Photonic Service Switch) to create high-capacity optical links to interconnect HP's commercial data centres. The first two projects in Germany and Switzerland were successful, and future deployments in other HP commercial data centers are planned.
Client benefits include:
HP and Alcatel-Lucent Data Center Network Connect consists of existing products and product-attached services from HP and Alcatel-Lucent that are available globally now. The services are currently available in select locations with expected global and consolidated availability by year end.