The company's Virtualized Service Router (VSR) is a suite of software applications designed to allow providers to scale services across servers. VSR is based on Service Router Operating System code from Alcatel-Lucent's hardware routers, which were just shy of a $500 million business for the company in the second quarter, according to Dell'Oro Group.
Alcatel-Lucent says service providers can start with the VSR for small-scale requirements and then deploy the router hardware when capacity demands. Juniper announced the same intent last week with a virtualized version of its MX edge router.
VSR applications include route reflector, route simulator, provider edge for Carrier Ethernet services, application-level reporting and traffic management, IP security gateway, wireless LAN gateway and broadband network gateway.
VSR is available now, though some applications will be rolled out in 2015.
Sign up for Computerworld eNewsletters.