Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent's (NYSE: ALU) research division, has begun a cloud services collaborative initiative with engineering students at Mexico's Tecnológico de Monterrey's Computer Technology school.
Led by Dr. Óscar Javier González, students will be able to apply their own knowledge and expertise to research network designs for real world cloud computing environments.
Participating students will be jointly supervised by a group of Bell Labs researchers and by M.S. Dalila Jimnez Hernndez, professor at the Engineering and Architecture Department of the Academic Division of the University.
Alcatel-Lucent said the students "will work on the "Graphic Display in Cloud Computing Topology," where tools will be developed to help visualize, monitor and debug applications running in a large-scale, distributed computing environment."
Gonzalez, a Bell Labs Fellow, has established himself as a well-known figure in cloud computing by developing platforms and software tools to quickly develop distributed network systems with high availability.
The vendor's timing to advance its cloud computing strategy could not be any better. According to a recent IDC forecast, worldwide spending on public IT cloud services will reach $47.4 billion in 2013 and is expected to be more than $107 billion in 2017.
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