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HP and Alcatel-Lucent strengthen global alliance

12 Dec 2014

HP and Alcatel-Lucent announced an expansion of their global alliance to help the large organisations and service providers build network-enabled, distributed cloud solutions to create new business opportunities and greater efficiencies, while improving customer service.

The partnership incorporates selected Alcatel-Lucent IP routing and optical products into HP's existing routing and storage portfolios, allowing organisations to more efficiently leverage the convergence of IT and telecommunications to realise reduced complexity and greater agility.

As part of Phase Two of Alcatel-Lucent CEO, Michel Combes' Shift Plan, this deepened partnership is key in moving Alcatel-Lucent forward in the industry. Together with HP, Alcatel-Lucent aims to offer innovative, agile and flexible solutions with the right performance and economics for the cloud era.

"HP and Alcatel-Lucent's expanded alliance demonstrates our deep joint commitment to help large organisations and service providers transform and disrupt their respective industries and markets," says Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, HP enterprise group.

"We do this by taking each other's best-in-class flagship products from our respective IT and networking portfolios, to deliver a unique set of data centre and network solutions that reduce complexity, lower OPEX and boost agility to accelerate innovation of new products and services."

Neri says “the expanded alliance with HP allows us to continue doing what we do best - building networks that help meet our customers' objectives."

“And it will allow us to leverage the strengths of both companies to increase the value we deliver to those customers," adds Basil Alwan, president Alcatel-Lucent IP routing and transport.

"Together, we will continue to innovate and offer large enterprises and service providers the industry's most agile and flexible solutions with the right performance and economics for the cloud era," he says.

HP Storage will extend its solutions between datacenters to provide joint HP and Alcatel-Lucent customers with fully validated end-to-end business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities. These solutions will enable customers to enhance flexibility within the datacenter and stay agile in deployment, while meeting regulatory, security and compliance challenges.

HP and Alcatel-Lucent have certified long distance synchronous, low-latency replication using HP 3PAR RemoteCopy for distances up to 130 kilometers. The solution components include HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP 3PAR Remote Copy software, HP StoreFabric Storage Networking and Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS optical products.

HP Networking is expanding its WAN router portfolio for large organisations with the targeted adoption of selected Alcatel-Lucent Carrier-grade routers. The additional capabilities provide the greater scale needed for transformative WAN solutions by large organisations for the new style of IT, while strengthening HP to deliver high quality, end-to-end network solutions. HP is targeting the second quarter of 2015 as the first ship date for the Alcatel-Lucent routers.

Alcatel-Lucent has comprehensively adopted HP IT technologies and HP supply chain efficiencies. Alcatel-Lucent has also recently joined as a member of the HP's Early Access Forum for HP Helion, HP's open-source, distributed cloud computing platform based on OpenStack technology.

“As a result, Alcatel-Lucent offers more sophisticated solutions that are based on common technologies helping customers exploit the advantages of standards-based server, processor, and operating system technologies,” the company says.

Since the original agreement in 2009, HP has been a key partner in Alcatel-Lucent's strategic IT transformation by providing advanced infrastructure and services that deliver higher performance and greater efficiency.

The transformation includes the move of future applications hosted in the cloud, including the rationalisation of applications and datacenter sites. HP and Alcatel-Lucent are also working collaboratively to drive IT Service Management improvements, including a world-class security framework and end-user satisfaction, and have initiated joint innovation programmes for mobility and cloud services.