Alcatel-Lucent and Citrix to accelerate arrival of carrier Cloud solutions

Telecom Lead India: Alcatel-Lucent and Citrix will accelerate the arrival of a range of carrier cloud solutions.

In January 2013, Alcatel-Lucent will launch RESTful CloudStack API for service providers to support its open, multi-vendor CloudBand platform based on industry standards.

Association between Citrix and Alcatel-Lucent will improve the speed of Cloud deployments.

(source: bloomberg)

For example, Alcatel Lucent is delivering a Citrix Ready verified solution, CloudBand Management System and CloudBand Node, which combines the computing power and flexibility of the cloud with the high performance, reliability and security of communications networks.

The Alcatel-Lucent solution utilizes Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by ApacheCloudStack , an open source cloud platform for building, managing and delivering infrastructure-as-a-service clouds.

The joint solution allows service providers to remotely set up a network node location in a few hours to provide all of the functionality of the public cloud.

In a separate announcement, the two companies also announced the Citrix Ready verification of an Alcatel-Lucent Application Fluent Network that automates the performance optimization of enterprise networks to provide superior customer experience with mobile devices and real-time applications such as virtual desktops.

Recently, TelecomLead.com reported that performance concerns such as stability, response time and end-to-end availability is the biggest inhibitors to adoption of cloud services by enterprises and could block the market which is forecasted to grow to $177 billion by 2015, reveals a research conducted by Alcatel-Lucent.

IT decision makers identified performance as the most important aspect of cloud solutions needing improvement.  Furthermore, the study identified security, cost and ease of use as other top concerns of IT decision makers.

Alcatel-Lucent is making inroads into service provider market with Cloud offerings. Maxis, a communications service provider in Malaysia, recently unveiled e-book service. The service is run on Alcatel-Lucent’s cloud-based Digital Media Store. Maxis Berhad will provide access to digital library with content in the various local languages, and accessible via a wide range of devices.

Recently, Juniper Research said worldwide mobile e-book sales will represent a market opportunity of $9.7 billion by 2016 from $3.2 billion in 2011.Non-English speaking markets are underserved by the traditional players in this space. Many e-readers are available in a few countries and finding content in local languages.

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