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Q&A: Alcatel-Lucent's SDN CEO

Craig Matsumoto
3/29/2013

Alcatel-Lucent's software-defined networking (SDN) startup hasn't had time to move in. The office for Nuage looks a bit like someone just moved out -- not surprising, considering Cavium Networks Inc. vacated it for a bigger headquarters. The lobby decoration is an exhibit case showing an Alcatel-Lucent timeline over the years. The stuff from the exhibit isn't there, just the empty exhibit case. Such is the glamor of startup life. Basil Alwan, president of AlcaLu's IP division, decided his company's major SDN initiative had to be done by a spin-in, an independent company that would have access to AlcaLu's intellectual property but wouldn't be beholden to AlcaLu's corporate agenda. So, Nuage Networks was born and inserted into the Cavium building, right near the two other Mountain View, Calif., buildings AlcaLu occupies. This is where Alwan's team built up TiMetra, the router startup that's now driving most of AlcaLu's wireline technology direction. Several weeks ago, Light Reading sat with Sunil Khandekar, Nuage's CEO, to get some perspective on what the startup might be doing. We were joined by AlcaLu Director of Product Marketing Houman Modarres, who had flown to California from Miami that morning. We sat in a conference room abutting the lobby; it wasn't fancy, but with good chairs and good coffee, you don't need much else. Click "next" to see our interview.


Sunil Khandekar, next to the highly decorative Nuage whiteboard.


— Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, Light Reading
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Craig Matsumoto
Craig Matsumoto
3/29/2013 | 6:56:07 PM
re: Q&A: Alcatel-Lucent's SDN CEO
Is Nuage really doing anything that different from everyone else?-á We don't have full details to go on here, obviously, but so far it sounds like the standard line, maybe with more emphasis on scale.

TiMetra just keeps on giving to AlcaLu, doesn't it.-á Nice acquisition.
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