By Telecom Lead Team: Alcatel-Lucent
and Belgacom, a provider of integrated telecom services in Belgium, are
offering a new tool to enable enterprises to improve operations and cost
The company claims that
Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Assurance solution provides visibility into which
applications are using up the most resources on enterprise networks as well as
how these applications are performing.
Enterprises focus on improving efficiency and performance from their VPNs,
which are provided by communications service providers such as Belgacom to
complement the capabilities of the enterprises’ own dedicated networks.
Applications that run too slowly or do not perform with sufficient quality can
negatively impact both business operations and customer relationships.
Belgacom’s deployment of
Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Assurance solution will help give enterprises the
confidence that the applications on own dedicated network and the cloud are
operating at optimum efficiency.
If the Application Assurance
solution shows that network performance is affected negatively by employees
accessing non-business-related services during business hours, then access to
those applications can be limited or restricted to non-critical times and the
performance of the enterprise’s VPN will be improved.
With the Alcatel-Lucent Application
Assurance solution, our enterprise customers will have clear insight into how
much bandwidth various applications are using. This is a key element of our
-Smart Networking’ initiative, which is geared toward bringing greater
intelligence to our networks for the benefit of our customers,” said Tom Wuyts,
director WAN, Internet & Security (Enterprise Business Unit) at Belgacom.
Enterprises are increasingly
interested in cooperating with their service providers to enhance visibility
and performance of business-critical applications running over their
network. Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Assurance solution directly
addresses that need – Belgacom’s enterprise customers will always know exactly
how their services are performing and will be able to make critical adjustments
as needed,” said Luc Defieuw, CEO Alcatel-Lucent
Bell in Belgium.
Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Assurance solution is offered on top of the
Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS). The
solution is based on the Multiservice Integrated Service Adapter (MS-ISA) –
which extends the intelligence of the 7750 SR and 7450 ESS – in combination
with the 5670 Reporting and Analysis Manager (RAM), which provides extensive
tools and capabilities to analyse and process detailed, application-level