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Alcatel-Lucent to turn all its routing code base into virtual routers

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November 13, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent is the latest networking company to announce that it's turning its entire routing code base into virtual routers to run on x86 server platforms.

The VSR (virtualized service router) is described by A-L as a suite of software applications based on the company's non-stop routing code.

Alcatel-Lucent is planning a test run starting now and continuing through the first quarter of 2015.

The company says it can now demonstrate 320 Gbps half-duplex performance on a single x86 server running a virtualized Provider Edge routing platform, which means that it's faster than an unnamed competitor platform.

A-L also says its new routing solution is a lot faster than another rival, without naming it.

Overall compatibility with the company's Service Router Operator System (SROS) and the 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) means that the VSR can be deployed and managed from the same pane of glass as Alcatel-Lucent's hardware routers.

As well as the aforementioned PE router (available for demonstration with a commercial product in the first half of 2015), there's currently some code for a route reflector (VSR-RR), and an IP-MPLS router simulator (VSR-SIM).

These will be followed by a security gateway (VSR-SEGW, H1 2015), a wireless LAN gateway (VSR-WLGW, H2 2015) and a broadband network gateway (VSR-BNG, H2) sometime in the first half of next year.

With this expansion, Alcatel-Lucent offers service providers and large enterprises both the router software and specialized hardware necessary to build a flexible network with the right performance and economics for the cloud era.

By deploying both hardware and software-based routing functionality, providers will have the best of both worlds, able to evolve networks at their own pace and choose the service delivery to meet the specific needs of their customers.

For example, they could opt to support the ultra-high capacity and performance service demands of large enterprises with hardware-based routers, and meet the needs of smaller business customers with the flexible VSR.

Early NFV deployments show a reduced time-to-market from several months to a few weeks and Alcatel-Lucent is now bringing those benefits to routing.

With this new model, Alcatel-Lucent enables the telecommunications industry to take on a cloud-centric approach towards building networks and delivering services.

This simplifies the process from ordering to delivery, while reducing the costs and increasing agility, with the ability to scale up or scale down as required.

Source: Alcatel-Lucent.

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