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GENBAND Extends NFV Activities with Membership in ALU Ecosystem

December 08, 2014

Two of the most well known names in carrier networking have come together to address network functions virtualization. GENBAND today revealed it is now a member of the Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand Ecosystem Program.

This collaboration entails GENBAND leveraging the Alcatel-Lucent NFV lab to integrate components of its NFV solutions with Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand NFV Platform, for which there are already 30 customer projects under way.

GENBAND has an array of NFV-related solutions, including Kandy and Session Grid.

Kandy is a platform as a service that allows for the quick creation of applications for carrier networks. As Paul Pluschkell, executive vice president of strategy and cloud services for GENBAND and the founder of Kandy, explains, Kandy makes application and feature building so intuitive it can allow anyone to architect a new solution or expand on an existing one.

Session Grid is an end-to-end IP communications framework that allows different endpoints, media types, networks, and protocols to work together in perfect harmony.

Both of the above GENBAND solutions are part of the company’s larger strategy to help the telcos more effectively compete with over-the-top players and other service providers in the quickly moving world of communications. GENBAND is also a member of other NFV ecosystems, such as the HP OpenNFV Partner Program, in which it announced its participation in October. GENBAND, says Sanjay Bhatia, senior director of solutions marketing, is doing all of the above in an effort to provide its clients with integrated, end-to-end solutions.

Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand NFV Platform provides cloud orchestration and management, compute, and storage for cloud servers and service configurations. Alcatel-Lucent established its CloudBand Ecosystem Program last year. It’s an open community through which service providers and vendors can develop use cases, share experiences, and test for interoperability.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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