Alcatel-Lucent this week unveiled its SDN strategy, expanding on the company’s existing Application Fluency approach to intelligent application aware networks.
Cliff Grossner, Senior Director, Networks Solutions Marketing at Alcatel-Lucent explained to EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet that to date there has been a lot of hype around SDN in general. He added that the Alcatel-Lucent SDN strategy is all about taking a practical approach for the enterprise
“We saw all the hype and confusion around SDN and we felt that there was a need to be the voice of reason of what is practical to the enterprise, while all the others focus on big grandiose ideas,” Grossner said.
Instead of focusing on OpenFlow as a protocol to enable network control and programmability, Alcatel-Lucent’s SDN strategy begins with adding RESTful interface to its OmniSwitch switches. On top of that the plan is to have controller functionality as well, as service orchestration that is vendor agnostic across an enterprise networking infrastructure.