NFV Strategies

AlcaLu Hires Oracle Big Hitter

Alcatel-Lucent announced a significant appointment late Monday, announcing that longtime Oracle Communications executive Bhaskar Gorti is its new President of IP Platforms, filling a seat previously kept warm by Andrew McDonald.

In his new job, Gorti will take responsibility for the Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) business units that specialize in cloud, NFV, OSS, policy management and charging, customer experience management and security. He will report directly to CEO Michel Combes.

Gorti has extensive experience in the service provider IT (SPIT) sector, having been senior VP and general manager of Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL)'s Communications Global Business Unit since 2006, when he joined the IT giant as part of the acquisition of Portal Software. (See Oracle Acquires Portal.)

Find out more about Gorti and his views of the communications sector in Light Reading's extensive interview with him. (See Confessions of an Oracle Shopaholic: Pt I and Confessions of an Oracle Shopaholic: Pt II.)

Gorti's time at Oracle not only makes him a very experienced OSS and BSS executive, but also gives him some early insights into network functions virtualization (NFV): The emerging importance of NFV was one of the key drivers behind Oracle's acquisitions of Acme Packet and Tekelec in 2013. (See Oracle Snaps Up Tekelec and Is Acme a Virtual Gain for Oracle?)

Alcatel-Lucent's new President IP Platforms, Bhaskar Gorti, who has NFV as part of his new responsibilities.
Alcatel-Lucent's new President IP Platforms, Bhaskar Gorti, who has NFV as part of his new responsibilities.

The appointment is also another signal that AlcaLu is getting back on its feet after a tough few years, and that it is pushing ahead further with its Shift Plan, which has IP at its heart. (See Interview: Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes and Alcatel-Lucent Builds Future Around IP.)

The big question is: Exactly how will Gorti's role fit alongside that of Basil Alwan, Alcatel-Lucent's king of IP? As the vendor virtualizes more and more of its portfolio, exactly which of these two executives will be driving the virtualization and cloud strategy, including the direction of AlcaLu's CloudBand unit (which also has a new lead executive)? (See Alcatel-Lucent Joins Virtual Router Race, Basil Alwan Interview: The Road to Cloud and AlcaLu Losing Key NFV Exec.)

We have questions in to Alcatel-Lucent about this and the fate of McDonald.

The role of President IP Platforms is not a new one at AlcaLu, but it looks like it's about to become a whole lot more interesting.

— Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

NZkiwi 1/14/2015 | 3:21:04 PM
Re: What about Nuage? Nuage Networks is run by Sunil Khandekar who reports to Basil 
Mitch Wagner 1/14/2015 | 12:48:32 PM
Re: What about Nuage? So Nuage reports directly to the CEO then?
[email protected] 1/14/2015 | 11:49:46 AM
Re: What about Nuage? Nuage is an autonomous unit, a separate operation.

Update coming on what Gorti does and does not have control of.
Mitch Wagner 1/14/2015 | 10:46:17 AM
What about Nuage? Will the Nuage business report in to Gorti? Nuage is SDN rather than NFV but the two often travel together. 
nasimson 1/14/2015 | 8:47:47 AM
Gort Gorti comes with quite an experience from Oracle. Telecom vendors can learn a lot from software vendors. From that perspective, Gorti can add a lot of value.

Eds, can an interview be arranged from Gorti for Light Reading board?
jbadley 1/13/2015 | 5:09:55 PM
Opinion is divided Opinion within the company is pretty divided. One colleague is ex-Oracle CGBU and is adament, "anyone who's met him knows he'll never know Shift". Meanwhile management are painting a very rosy picture, telling us: "Bhaskar knows what we need to do inside out. In fact, you could say he already has Shift for brains". I heard both these over a conference call so may have got a word mixed up here or there.
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