Technology powerhouses HP and Alcatel-Lucent have expanded their global alliance to make it easier for large companies and services providers to build network enabled distributed cloud solutions.
Under expansion of the alliance, which began in 2009, select Alcatel-Lucent IP routing and optical products will be incorporated into HP’s existing routing and storage portfolios. This will allow organizations to more efficiently leverage the convergence of IT and telecommunications and reduce complexity, according to the companies.
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. The solutions will enhance flexibility within the datacenter while meeting regulatory, security and compliance challenges.
HP Networking is expanding its WAN router portfolio for large organizations with targeted adoption of select Alcatel-Lucent Carrier-grade routers. The additional capabilities provide the greater scale needed for transformative WAN solutions by large organizations. HP is targeting the second quarter of 2015 as the first ship date for the Alcatel-Lucent routers.
Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, HP enterprise group, said the expanded alliance will help large organizations and service providers “transform and disrupt their respective industries and markets.”
“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 center and network solutions that reduce complexity and boost agility to accelerate innovation of new products and services,” he said.
Basil Alwan, president Alcatel-Lucent IP routing and transport, said the expanded alliance will allow the two companies to “leverage the strengths of both companies to increase the value we deliver to customers.”
Since 2009, HP has been a partner in Alcatel-Lucent’s strategic IT transformation providing infrastructure and services. The transformation includes the move of future applications hosted in the cloud, including the rationalization of applications and datacenter sites.
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