Alcatel-Lucent confident CloudBand offering will address main concerns about cloud

Monday, December 19, 2011

French equipment supplier Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is confident it can address concerns about migration to cloud computing with its CloudBand offering, due to be released next year and which brings together the computing power and flexibility of cloud and communications networks' reliability, Alcatel-Lucent Latin America cloud specialist Erick Barahona told BNamericas.

According to Barahona, the biggest concern among CEOs regarding cloud is ensuring the services' availability and that service level agreements include the "five nines" 99.999% availability.

"If that level of service isn't available today, a failure could mean 4-8 hours of downtime a year. That's very important for companies, especially banks that have mission critical applications, which can mean losses for them if their systems are down," the executive said.

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The second greatest concern is security, while the third is the system's elasticity to allow the company to grow and shrink capacity as needed.

"Typically, a company uses a data center most in high season. But 80-90% of the year, a lot of the infrastructure may be unused," Barahona said.

According to the executive, CloudBand enables operators to provide "Carrier Class" cloud services using their own local networks. CloudBand also gives telcos the ability to federate capacity across clouds and between clouds and the data center, meaning that use of cloud capacity is always optimized.

On that note, Barahona believes that in the near future, hybrid clouds will become more common, rather than public clouds.