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Alcatel-Lucent virtualises WANs and routers

Jim Duffy | Nov. 13, 2014
Joins WAN SDN fray with Cisco, start-ups; joins Juniper with NFV router.

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.


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