Elevating a partnership several years in the making, Hewlett-Packard and Alcatel-Lucent are ready for the next step in their relationship.
New to the alliance, HP will start selling Alcatel-Lucent IP routing and optical products. These select Alcatel-Lucent solutions will also be integrated with HP's routing and storage portfolios.
The idea is to reduce network complexity while boosting IT agility for mutual enterprise customers.
Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent's IP Routing and Transport department, asserted in Wednesday's announcement that the new collaborations offer "the right performance and economics for the cloud era."
For example, on a storage front, HP and Alcatel-Lucent have set up disaster recovery capabilities through low-latency replication.
Some of the products involved include HP's 3PAR StoreServ Storage and Remote Copy software, HP's StoreFabric Storage Networking and Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 PSS optical products.
HP is also tailoring its WAN router portfolio for scaling alongside Alcatel-Lucent carrier-grade routers with a tentative ship date scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.
, HP and Alcatel-Lucent inked a 10-year deal in 2010 to jointly offer unified communications and collaboration systems to businesses.