Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) is following Cisco's lead in creating a unit that will focus on...

|By:, SA News Editor

Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) is following Cisco's lead in creating a unit that will focus on software-defined networking (SDN) solutions, which can move a data center network's intelligence from individual switches to software-based controllers. Alcatel hopes its SDN unit, called Nuage Networks, will stand out from existing vendors such as VMware's Nicira by emphasizing the ability to manage giant service provider data centers featuring scores of customers relying on different network architectures.