Alcatel-Lucent opens cloud R&D center in Israel

Alcatel-Lucent has opened cloud R&D center near Tel Aviv in Israel.

Speaking at the opening of Alcatel-Lucent’s world-class cloud R&D center near Tel Aviv, Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes said, “We believe new technologies like NFV (Network Function Virtualization) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are going to massively change the networking landscape and they will lead the industry’s network transformation to a cloud-based approach.”

Alcatel-Lucent’s cloud facility in Kfar Saba in Israel is working to help customers apply NFV to create a simpler, more agile and efficient operating model for meeting networking demands.

“Having world-class cloud facilities in Israel, as well as in Silicon Valley, gives Alcatel-Lucent two of the brightest centers in the world focused on excellence in cloud technologies,” said Combes.

To meet the unique requirements of operating telecoms networks within a cloud infrastructure, Alcatel-Lucent’s cloud facility in Israel operates in close collaboration with the company’s Bell Labs innovation arm and is an incubation center for NFV activities and customer projects.

At the center of this work is Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand solution, the industry’s first open, multivendor NFV management platform enabling service providers to bring the benefits of the cloud to their own networks and business operations while offering cloud services with the security, reliability and quality enterprises and consumers expect from telecommunications networks.

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent is moving major parts of its portfolio to the cloud. By doing this heavy lifting, Alcatel-Lucent is both creating a path to NFV technology and giving service providers choices on which key network services to deploy to the cloud.

The facility at Kfar Saba also has a collaborative relationship with major Israeli universities, specifically Tel-Aviv University and Technion, to research distributed cloud optimization.

Furthermore, Alcatel-Lucent will be investing further in cloud development at Kfar Saba as part of its global investment in cloud which is an integral part of the technology focus within The Shift Plan.

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