Late last week, Alcatel-Lucent formally announced its CloudBand Ecosystem Program. This is not the vendor’s first foray into SDN/NFV or ecosystem building. Still, it does mark the first time it has boiled them together in the same soup. Ecosystem programs are super-common in the early days of a new market, so this probably won’t be the last. One question, then, that we didn’t try to tackle in our analyses is a pretty simple one. Is Alcatel-Lucent the right vendor to drive this sort of effort?
While my colleague, Peter, outlines the reasons why Alcatel-Lucent might not be the best suited to orchestrate this type of effort, I drew the long straw this time around and get to play the ‘good cop.’ In a nutshell, Alcatel-Lucent is a good candidate to help build an ecosystem around virtualization because of the many reasons that seem to have hamstrung the company over the past few years.
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