23 July 2013
| Natasha Culzac
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has launched a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solution in a bid to tackle the rising capacity issues associated with smartphone and IT-based data application growth.
The French vendor
developed SDN² with network platform company SDNsquare to
provide automated flow-based end-to-end network
Data throughput requirements and traffic patterns
are seen as key problem areas with the increasing popularity of
real-time applications, which have been straining traditional
With big data volume doubling every two years on
top of exponential growth of smartphone owners, Rene
Princz-Schelter, director of presales and product marketing at
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise argues that the only way to tackle it
is via SDN.
He says that "adding more boxes and bandwidth is
expensive, and only uses 10% of the network capacity. The
networks of the future need intelligence that supplies the
level of service depending on the application and demand
– not the number of boxes".
Belgium-based company SDNsquare has created an
underlying system that automatically handles all the detailed
network configurations. It eliminates traffic interference and
congestion (normally found on an IP network) by taking care of
the individual switch configurations along each path.
Luc Andries, CTO, SDNsquare said: "No longer does
the user have to define elements such as virtual local area
networks, access control lists or routing tables. Our Expert
System constructs a network topology and configuration for you
– and this can be ready for deployment in less than 15
In June of this year NTT Communications announced plans to
launch SDN-based cloud services to customers in