Nuage Networks Expands Ecosystem Program to Accelerate OpenStack Adoption

Leading line up of companies including F5, Infoblox, Palo Alto Networks, and Red Hat collaborate with Nuage Networks on Reference Architecture

May 18, 2015, 09:00 ET from Nuage Networks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- OpenStack Summit (Booth #S12) -- Nuage Networks, the Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) start-up venture focused on SDN (software-defined networking) is extending its leadership today by expanding the Nuage Networks Ecosystem, a complete ecosystem of open source community projects, ecosystem partners, systems integration partners, developers, and customers for Development and Operations (DevOps) clouds based on OpenStack.

Unlike legacy networking vendors with a "one-size-fits-all" approach, Nuage Networks is working with a broad range of partners and communities at every level in the IT stack – such as core networking, server platforms, virtualization, security, and system integrators. This provides the core components required for public and private DevOps clouds at any scale based on existing, proven, and operational models.

By leveraging experience from deployments at leading enterprise and cloud service provider customers, Nuage Networks has built several reference architectures for DevOps cloud infrastructures that are united by a common orchestration framework – OpenStack – and by a common networking platform –Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP).  With this rich ecosystem, enterprises and cloud service providers can build a DevOps private or public cloud infrastructure that not only replaces but also surpasses legacy architectures in terms of power, sophistication, and choice.

Both pure play OpenStack distributions announced today, and Linux / OpenStack distributions from a leading vendor such as Red Hat are supported. "Partnerships like this are critical to helping our customers migrate to the cloud. We share a common vision with Nuage Networks in taking an open approach that is still enterprise-proven and cloud service provider-ready," said John Bleuer, Red Hat's Vice President of Global Partners and Alliances. "Together, we are working to provide the capabilities for our customers to create OpenStack-based Clouds that can outpace legacy architectures."

The Nuage Networks ecosystem unifies and leverages these best-of-breed components:    

  • Unified Network Control for Cloud Consumption: Nuage Networks VSP overlays virtualized and bare metal resources without imposing hardware swap outs and enables unified network controls and management of multiple standalone DevOps clouds. These clouds can be unified or "federated" into a single, coherent cloud.
  • Rich Partnership Ecosystem: Using the service insertion model, Nuage Networks ecosystem program enables introduction of various services based on best-of-breed solutions and customer choice.
  • Open Source Integration: Newly added support for Linux Containers and Docker alongside with existing and operational support for OpenStack, KVM, and Xen virtualization hypervisors maximizes choice for DevOps based on proven and leading-edge open source community projects.
  • System Integration Reach: By offering a set of rich reference architectures and partnering with leading system integrators such as Accenture, Nuage Networks makes the adoption of proven and operational cloud architectures easily within reach of enterprises and service providers.

"Enterprises adopting OpenStack are looking for a cloud-native, open approach to datacenter networking that accords primacy to application workloads and DevOps processes. To provide what customers need, vendors must work together to form complete ecosystems, extending all the way from the OpenStack distribution through to network infrastructure, network and security services, and even professional services. With its partner program, Nuage Networks is building an extensive ecosystem that holistically addresses the needs of organizations that want to move ahead with real-world OpenStack deployments," said Brad Casemore, Research Director for Datacenter Networking, IDC. 

Nuage Networks ecosystem leverages Nuage Networks VSP, overlaying a virtualized network on an existing networking environment. By managing both virtualized and bare metal resources side-by-side, each data center network can be managed by a single approach. By uniting the networks across data centers (also called federation), all data centers, all discrete clouds (e.g. Development clouds) and the entire DevOps environment are managed as a whole. Further, by leveraging the proven operating system used in Alcatel-Lucent's edge and core routing products and Nuage Networks extensions to OpenStack, SDN can be implemented easily for DevOps environments at even the largest enterprises and service providers.

The partner technologies supporting the ecosystem include F5 Big IP Local Traffic Manager for application delivery, Infoblox DDI for DNS, DHCP and IP address management, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series for next-generation firewall protection, and Red Hat OSP 6 as the OpenStack distribution.

Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks said, "We are honored to work with market and thought leading customers in the enterprise and cloud service provider markets. We're sharing the lessons learned from actual OpenStack deployments to build not only a comprehensive reference architecture but also a complete ecosystem of network vendors. Through our ecosystem, we are enabling OpenStack clouds to exceed the capabilities of legacy architectures – and that provides our customers with a competitive advantage."

To illustrate Nuage Networks VSP's capabilities for OpenStack clouds that provide full operational as well as leading-edge development capabilities including Containers and distributed load balancers and firewalls, Nuage Networks is participating in the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver from May 18-22. To learn about specific activities and to book a meeting with Nuage Networks, please visit:  

About NUAGE NETWORKS Nu-âhj: From French, meaning 'cloud'. Nuage Networks brings a unique combination of groundbreaking technologies and unmatched networking expertise to the enterprise and telecommunications industries. The Silicon Valley-based start up has applied radically new thinking to the problem of delivering massively scalable and high programmable SDN solutions with the security and availability required by business-critical environments. Nuage Networks, a core element of Alcatel-Lucent's (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) specialist focus on IP networking, cloud and ultra-broadband access, has the pedigree to serve the needs of the world's biggest clouds. The cloud has made promises – the mission of Nuage Networks is to help you realize them.

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"F5 and Alcatel Lucent have enjoyed a long, productive partnership," said Mallik Tatipamula, VP of Service Provider Solutions, F5 Networks. "The validated reference design for OpenStack that our two organizations have collaborated on gives enterprise customers and service providers a robust, automated, policy-driven, and scalable cloud deployment model. This enables joint customers to increase network flexibility as they scale their infrastructures. We look forward to partnering with Alcatel Lucent to further enhance the OpenStack platform."

About F5 F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, telecommunications, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications and services to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world's largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to

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"Infoblox is excited to help make SDN more enterprise-ready by bringing the Infoblox solution for delivering DNS, DHCP, and IP address management—a category known as DDI – into the Nuage ecosystem," said Scott Fulton, executive vice president of products at Infoblox. "We offer an enterprise-grade DDI solution for implementing SDN without having to rely on manual IP address block assignment and DNS provisioning. Without DDI automation, while virtual machines can be spun up in minutes, in many cases it still takes hours or days to allocate IP address blocks and DNS records in SDN environments. Infoblox DDI can reduce the operational friction for network managers when moving from a hardware-defined to a software-defined network."

About Infoblox Infoblox delivers network control solutions, the fundamental technology that connects end users, devices, and networks. These solutions enable approximately 7,900 enterprises and service providers to transform, secure, and scale complex networks. Infoblox helps take the burden of complex network control out of human hands, reduce costs, and increase security, accuracy, and uptime. Infoblox ( is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has operations in over 25 countries.

Quote from Palo Alto Networks: "The VM-Series of virtualized next-generation firewalls eliminate the unacceptable security compromises you previously faced when moving into virtualized datacenter or cloud computing," said Chad Kinzelberg, senior vice president, business and corporate development at Palo Alto Networks. "Working with Nuage Networks VSP's 'bump in the wire' capabilities helps Palo Alto Networks to secure the data center just like we secure the wider enterprise environment."        

About Palo Alto Networks Palo Alto Networks offers an integrated platform using next-generation firewalls, cloud-based threat intelligence and advanced endpoint protection, helping enterprises and governments secure their organizations, prevent known and unknown threats, and safely enable an increasingly complex and rapidly growing number of applications.

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