Alcatel-Lucent Introduces New VitalQIP Appliance for IP Management

Wed Feb 6, 2008 10:04am EST

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  PARIS, Feb 06 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
 Alcatel-Lucent (PARIS: ALU) (NYSE: ALU) today introduced a new highly
reliable, secure, cost effective IP management appliance, the VitalQIP Appliance
Manager (AM). The appliance provides the power of Alcatel-Lucent's
market-leading VitalQIP DNS/DHCP and IPAM solution in an easy to deploy form
factor designed for enterprise workgroup applications and for managed services

    The rapid spread of VoIP solutions, the need for improved network security
and the
prospect of transitioning to IPv6 are driving the demand for advanced IP
management capabilities enterprise wide, including at the workgroup.

    Alcatel-Lucent VitalQIP AM enables enterprises to efficiently configure,
integrate and administer the Alcatel-Lucent DNS and DHCP appliance across
local or global networks. The pre-packaged appliance provides an affordable and
highly reliable distributed solution for improving network management
efficiency by automating critical IP address services deployment, simplifying
remote software upgrades and centralizing additional service management.

    The VitalQIP Appliance Management software is a Web-based graphical user
interface (GUI) that allows status monitoring of the appliance to more
effectively manage remote services within the network. The software features a
central database of appliances and maintains version history by appliance. A
preloaded, hardened Red Hat Linux operating system and token-based
authentication help ensure security in customer networks.

    The software enables automatic version upgrades, secure communication
between the
management station and the remote appliance, remote starting and stopping of
services, DNS "high availability" via "pairs" and complete centralized
all done through a Web-based management GUI.

    Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), which has been using the VitalQIP
software for more than a decade in its internal network and as part of its
managed services offering for customers, is in the process of evaluating the
new VitalQIP appliance. "As part of our commitment to deliver the best
technical and business solutions to our customers, CSC evaluates competitive
products on a regular basis. VitalQIP continues to deliver the best solution
in the industry, offering the lowest cost of ownership and most proven
solution available today. By adding this additional appliance into its
portfolio, Alcatel-Lucent continues to demonstrate its commitment to
VitalQIP and its customers," said Hank Stoklosa from CSC.

    "Many enterprises haven't taken the step to a full-featured IPAM solution
and will
be impeded by this as their IP addressing and DNS needs start to grow," said
Tracy Corbo, senior analyst for network and service management for IDC. "An
appliance, like the VitalQIP AM, can help ease these organizations into
managing their IP addresses and improving network availability and security in
the process."

    "In offering the new VitalQIP Appliance Manager, we found it to be the
bestprice-performance solution for VitalQIP customers," said Dawn Bedard, senior
technical architect at Perficient, an Alcatel-Lucent business partner. "The
management capabilities allow for quick and easy upgrades, which will provide
VitalQIP customers with a turnkey, single vendor solution for security, patch
management, and a lower total cost of ownership associated with the
deployment of appliances. We also see this along with the VitalQIP roadmap as
a sign of the continued commitment from Alcatel-Lucent in the VitalQIP product
and their customers."

    "VitalQIP AM allows Alcatel-Lucent to now offer the best price performance
solution in the industry, seamlessly integrated with the market-leading
VitalQIP DNS/DHCP & IP address management software. It is an unbeatable
combination that our customers are extremely excited about. We are looking
forward to announcing additional unique capabilities this year that will
further demonstrate our continued market leadership," said Eric Penisson, vice
president of product management for Alcatel-Lucent enterprise activities.

    The Alcatel-Lucent VitalQIP AM is now available worldwide.

    About Alcatel-Lucent

    Alcatel-Lucent (PARIS: ALU) (NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable
providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and
video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and
converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services,
Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling
communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With
operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with
global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the
industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation
in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma
revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with
executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of
activities transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on
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