Nuage Networks launches certification initiative, expands SDN partner program

Nuage Networks, Alcatel-Lucent's (NYSE: ALU) SDN solutions venture, is expanding its Partner program with the introduction of its self-service certification initiative.

Focusing on Layer 4 to Layer 7 application delivery and security, Nuage said the new initiative provides an accelerated path to ensure that the micro-segmentation security policies, components and services enterprise customers choose will deploy and operate automatically in a Nuage Networks SDN environment.

Among the first security partner technologies to be certified under this program are CounterTack Sentinel, Fortinet FortiGate-VM Virtual UTM Firewalls, GuardiCore Data Center Security Suite, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and vArmour DSS Distributed Security System.

During this week's OpenStack Summit in Tokyo, Citrix NetScaler VPX and F5 Big-IP LTM, which have been certified as its first partner applications, will demonstrate their technologies in a cloud environment.

Leveraging experience from deploying its technologies at a number of large enterprise and cloud service providers, Nuage Network has built reference architectures based on OpenStack and Nuage Networks' Virtualized Services Platform (VSP). The Nuage Networks Partner Ecosystem makes this architecture available as a pre-designed and public-facing environment that enables self-certification of the elements of the architecture in as little as two weeks.

Having this certification program in place will be important as a number of large carriers, including AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) continue to move forward with their SDN plans.

CenturyLink recently said that it has equipped 36 locations in multiple geographies with its virtual network services (VNS). It plans to have full global virtualization of its IP core network and data centers by 2018.

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