Announced Wednesday, Alcatel-Lucent's Converged Backbone Transformation is part of the firm's High-Leverage Network strategy, key pieces of which have already been selected by some service providers.
Qwest Communications is using the Alcatel-Lucent solution to help roll out Qwest's nationwide backbone network. In a statement, Qwest chief technology officer Pieter Poll said, "Qwest is working with Alcatel-Lucent to evolve our nationwide backbone network to reach industry-leading 100 gigabits per second speeds by implementing Alcatel-Lucent's LambdaXtreme and 7750 Service Routers."
The Alcatel-Lucent solution is designed to more tightly integrate IP and optical transport resources to help deal with the rapid growth of traffic over networks. The company -- formed by a merger of France's Alcatel and the United States' Lucent Technologies -- is situating intelligent control plane integration between optical and IP layers. In the process, optical and IP portfolios are on the way to supporting 40-gigabit and 100-gigabit speeds in data planes.
Alcatel-Lucent noted that its Converged Backbone Transformation product features a broad range of traffic solutions that are aimed at increasing network efficiency and help pinpoint the most economical layers in networks. These include wavelength-level, port-level, and sub-port-level grooming of IP traffic.
InformationWeek Analytics has published a report on the 10 steps to effective data classification. Download the report here (registration required).