Light Reading
Alcatel-Lucent pumps up its services and video capabilities with the acquisition of content delivery network specialist Velocix

AlcaLu Buys CDN Specialist Velocix

Ray Le Maistre
7/28/2009
50%
50%

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has acquired content delivery network (CDN) services and technology specialist Velocix for an undisclosed sum, a move that thrusts the telecom systems giant into the video distribution services market.

Velocix, a British firm that started life as deep packet inspection (DPI) platform vendor CacheLogic, built a dedicated global content distribution network, including multiple regional caching nodes, to be used by media owners, carriers, and enterprises for secure and guaranteed transport, specifically of video content. Currently, many of its main engagements revolve around relationships with ISPs that deploy its technology. (See Verizon & Velocix Team Up for CDN Services, Velocix Set to 'Cache In', Velocix Offers Free CDN, Velocix Wins Deals, and CacheLogic Rebrands.)

It has also developed a stand-alone metro node that can be deployed by ISPs that want to speed up the delivery of video over their networks and sell their own CDN services. (See Velocix Launches Metro Kit.)

Find out more by watching the following Contentinople video interview with the company's CMO, John Dillon:

AlcaLu's move comes as more and more major carriers move into the CDN space, either by building their own capabilities or by teaming up with CDN specialists. (See BT Unveils Its CDN Plans, AT&T Develops Its CDN Business, Global Crossing Announces CDN Partnerships, DT Gets Into the CDN Business, Verizon Targets CDN Partners, Virgin Media Weighs CDN Options, Level 3 P2Ps With Pando, and Level 3 CDN Enters Asia.)

AlcaLu's Carrier division president Philippe Keryer stated in the official news release that the move "demonstrates our company’s commitment to investing in the capabilities, know-how and technologies needed to effectively support the rapid evolution towards a video-centric world."

It also gives AlcaLu another string to its managed services bow. Managed services (along with integration, consultancy, and other "professional" services) is one of the vendor's few areas of real growth, and the Velocix operational model fits neatly into that sort of offering.

AlcaLu rivals, such as Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Nokia Networks , are also finding professional services to be a key source of growth. (See Services Save Ericsson in Q2 and Services Now 45% of NSN Revenues.)

AlcaLu's Keryer also noted that, when combined with the vendor's "integration capabilities... [the acquisition] fits nicely into our Application Enablement strategy."

He's referring to AlcaLu's greater focus under new(ish) CEO Ben Verwaayen on new-generation service providers that need to exist, operate, and make money from new applications such as software-as-a-service, cloud computing, and over-the-top video, as well as traditional voice and data offerings. (See AT&T Makes Push Into Cloud Storage and AlcaLu's New Vision: More Convergence.)

That focus was also highlighted by today's appointment of a senior vice president of transformation, who, among many other things, is tasked with aligning "the company and its portfolio and R&D" around the vendor's "application enablement vision." (See AlcaLu Appoints Transformer.)

Find out more about other CDN specialists by checking out the CDN guide at Contentinople.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Inaugural Optical Innovation Forum in Nice

9|2|14   |     |   (0) comments


More than 170 attendees from network operators, service providers, analyst firms, and component companies from around the world convened in Nice in June for the inaugural Optical Innovation Forum, co-produced by Huawei and Light Reading.
Wagner’s Ring
Data Centers Drive Telcos Into the Future

8|28|14   |   2:20   |   (2) comments


Data centers are at the heart of key trends driving telecom -- network virtualization, the drive for increased agility, and the need to compete with OTT providers.
LRTV Custom TV
Why SPs Should Consider Cisco's EPN

8|27|14   |   5:40   |   (0) comments


Sultan Dawood from Cisco discusses Cisco's EPN, which enables SPs to build agile and programmable networks delivering new network virtualized services using Cisco's Evolved Services Platform (ESP).
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Showcase @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   2.56   |   (0) comments


SoftCOM is Huawei's framework for telecom business and network transformation. Haofei Liu, Solution Marketing Manager, Carrier Business Group, Huawei, showcases Huawei's SoftCOM architecture in this video.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of Integrated Solutions on SoftCOM & NFV Monetization

8|26|14   |   4.43   |   (0) comments


Libin Dai, Director of Integrated Solutions, Carrier Business Group, discusses Huawei's SoftCOM and NFV monetization. Huawei believes that NFV monetization should be service-driven rather than network-driven, and that operators should have network transformation, service transformation and a compatible and collaborative ecosystem in place in order to deploy NFV.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of US NFV Lab on CloudEdge & the Future of NFV

8|26|14   |   4.06   |   (0) comments


Sean Chen, Director of US NFV Lab at Huawei, discusses Huawei's new approach to NFV in open collaboration. Huawei believes that through Proof of Concept tests, it could help operators learn and communicate with the industry more effectively. Sean believes that successful implementation of NFV should have its values reaching to end users and discusses how Huawei's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Highlights @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   3.34   |   (0) comments


At the Big Telecom Event in Chicago Huawei showcases its high-level strategy, the SoftCOM architecture, which helps operators reduce the cost of ownership of their network infrastructure and generate additional revenue in the ICT service environment. Huawei showcases over 30 pilot programs from across the globe, focusing on the industry-leading commercial ...
LRTV Custom TV
VeEX – Live from the Show

8|21|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


An overview of VeEX Test and Measurement solutions including TX300S multi-service test set with VeExpress cloud-based management system, UX400 universal modular platform supporting 100G testing, and the redesigned RXT modular platform.
LRTV Custom TV
Transitioning CE 2.0 Networks Into the SDN & NFV Era With Telco Systems

8|19|14   |   5:19   |   (0) comments


Telco Systems' Ariel Efrati (CEO) and Moshe Shimon (VP of Product Management) discuss virtualization and how the company's new Open Metro Edge solution utilizes the SDN and NFV concepts to accelerate and orchestrate service delivery through its innovative product portfolio and software applications.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Myths: Is NFV Still Several Years Away?

8|11|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


Some say that NFV (network functions virtualization) is still several years away from being implemented on mobile operator networks. This isn't the case. Operators can get started on their paths to NFV now, as this short video from Skyfire shows.
LRTV Custom TV
A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint's Network Evolution

7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
Today's Cartoon
Hot Topics
Rogers, Shaw Take Aim at Netflix
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 8/26/2014
Utilities to Pump $11.2B Into Smart Grid – Study
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 8/26/2014
Verizon Launches QR Code Security Solution
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/26/2014
Nokia's Maps Land on Samsung Devices
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 8/29/2014
Verizon to Launch HD VoLTE in 'Coming Weeks'
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 8/26/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed