CloudBand

CloudBand 3.0:
The production platform
for NFV

Launch network functions virtualization (NFV) applications efficiently and reliably with CloudBand™ 3.0.

CloudBand is the first-to-market carrier grade NFV management and orchestration (MANO) platform purpose-built for service providers. It offers high availability service deployment and assurance capabilities that let you move NFV into production on any scale. With CloudBand, you can start first NFV application deployments today or deploy and grow to a full NFV network when the time is right for you.

Service providers throughout the world rely on CloudBand to simplify operations, increase cost efficiency, and unlock new cloud revenue.

Move your business forward by using CloudBand as the foundation for your commercial NFV installation.


Realize the promise of NFV with CloudBand

Unlock new revenue streams by rapidly launching and scaling compelling services that stand out from competing offers.

Simplify your operations with an automated operating model that cuts out manual processes and streamlines planning, deployment, provisioning, and application lifecycle management processes.

Boost your cost efficiency with an NFV platform that reduces hardware and software requirements and optimizes asset utilization.

Benefit from an NFV platform purpose-built for service providers

CloudBand gives you a head start on adopting operating models made possible by NFV. Its capabilities are optimized for NFV applications, which draw on cloud and information technologies. With CloudBand, you can deliver the carrier-grade cloud services your customers demand.

Here’s what you get when you deploy CloudBand:

Carrier-grade operations

Automated orchestration
CloudBand lets you remove complexity by automating the NFV infrastructure and application lifecycles.

Service assurance
CloudBand assures the service experience with a high-availability, end-to-end solution and tools that accelerate fault isolation.

A pre-integrated solution
CloudBand combines open-source software with critical NFV components. Our carefully integrated and tested solutions are ready for deployment within weeks – or even days.

NFV readiness

A network-aware cloud
With CloudBand, you can leverage the power of the network by tying traditional and virtualized carrier applications into a resilient and dynamic software-defined network.

Distribution
An NFV infrastructure is always physically mapped to your network geography. With CloudBand, you get an NFV platform designed from the start to manage and automate geo-distributed NFV points of presence.

Field-proven openness
CloudBand lets you use applications and hardware from any vendor. It also lets you leverage the momentum of open-source communities, such as OpenStack®. Proven in projects around the world, this openness allows our service provider customers to break vendor silos. It can do the same for you.


Solution components

CloudBand Node

Our CloudBand Node manages, automates, and monitors the compute, storage, and network resources for NFV applications. It is made up of a pre-designed, pre-integrated software stack arranged according to a high availability architectural blueprint.

Our node uses operating models pioneered by Internet companies to accelerate deployment and reduce total cost of ownership. It can be automatically installed in a central office or data center in less than 4 hours.

We have pre-integrated the CloudBand Node with selected server and switching hardware as well as the Nuage Networks™ Virtualized Services Platform SDN solution from Alcatel-Lucent. This creates ready-to-use node types. And, with our blueprinting service we develop custom node types to fit your specific requirements.

CloudBand Management System

Our CloudBand Management System orchestrates, automates, and optimizes virtual network functions across distributed network and data centers. It aggregates distributed cloud nodes and gives you a single, unified view of your entire NFV infrastructure.

With the CloudBand Insights module, you get extensive data and analytics capabilities about NFV resources. This module understands the relationship between NFV applications and infrastructure and helps to quickly determine the root cause of failures.

CloudBand Application Lifecycle Management helps you to automate deployment, scaling, healing, and maintenance of virtual network applications. In addition, CloudBand provides lifecycle enablement services for applications that bring their own virtualized network function managers.

Leading Suppliers in the NFV MANO Marketplace

The leading suppliers have more than two dozen PoCs active with 2 or more commercial contracts. Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and NEC/Netcracker lead the market in providing a complete set of functionality and global activity at Tier 1 CSPs. Alcatel-Lucent has strong capabilities in the resource control layer, orchestration, and analytics supported by CSP adoption in the market.

For more information on Appledore research, please visit their website.

Acknowledgements

“Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand was the earliest example of an NFV Reference Architecture Vendor, and is still occupying pole position in the market.” Caroline Chappell, Heavy Reading

 


“Current Analysis is “positive” on ALU MANO current market positioning. Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand is one of the earliest and more mature MANO offerings. It’s been recently complemented it with Motive “Dynamic Operations”; a new OSS for SDN/NFV.” David Snow, Current Analysis


“Alcatel-Lucent has a comprehensive multi-faceted strategy to facilitate CSPs’ transition to NFV/SDN.” Glen Ragoonan, Analysys Mason

 


“There’s enough substance here for Alcatel-Lucent to drive an effective NFV engagement and to take rational NFV services to field trial and deployment. Not many vendors can say that.” Tom Nolle, CIMI


“Alcatel Lucent is one of the most advanced suppliers in NFV and SDN. They combine Bell Labs’ know-how, Motive assurance, Nuage, CloudBand and VNFs into a hybrid physical and virtual network solution that is broad and deep.” Michael Sullivan-Trainor, TBR


“Alcatel-Lucent was one of the first vendors to invest decisively in NFV, well before the ETSI NFV ISG was formed or virtualized networks were called NFV. The vendor has spent considerable effort and capital to develop the first comprehensive network software platforms, and this is illustrated by the performance of VNFs running on CloudBand Nodes today. The partner ecosystem also illustrates that Alcatel-Lucent is positioning itself to become a system integrator for multi-vendor systems with CloudBand as the MANO platform of choice.” Dimitris Mavrakis, Ovum


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