Alcatel-Lucent has introduced its global Software Defined Networking (SDN) startup, Nuage Networks, to New Zealand businesses.\n\u201cNew Zealand business is fast moving to take advantage of the massive efficiency and creative gains made possible with Cloud IT. Fuelled by this strategic business shift and a step-change in broadband access via UFB, we expect New Zealand business to make a strong surge towards open cloud platforms,\u201d says Marten Hauville, Nuage Networks, Principal Solutions Architect ANZ, in a statement.\nAlcatel-Lucent says Nuage Networks Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions empower businesses to break cloud constraints in two critical parts of the enterprise network \u2013 the data centre and the wide area network.\nAlcatel-Lucent says Nuage Networks comes to New Zealand after a strong global growth for the past two years. These include 20 customers and 75 trials across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific with large financial and healthcare organisations, cloud service providers and some of the world\u2019s leading telecommunication providers.\n\u201cNew Zealand businesses know that competitive advantage these days is dictated by swiftness and agility, increasingly around business-driven applications that attain this advantage in the marketplace. SDN is an evolution in the management, configuration and dynamism of networks, enabling business to efficiently deliver existing and new business cloud IT applications. Technology will be more deeply woven into the fabric of the business, to become a catalyst for future innovation, products and revenue,\u201d says Hauville.\nNuage Networks aims to help enterprises define services with full control and visibility across:\n\u2022\tAny network with freedom of choice across any IP network from the data centre to branch offices.\n\u2022\tAny cloud with flexibility across private, public, and hybrid cloud.\n\u2022\tCloud platform interoperability and enhanced capability across VMware, Cloudstack, OpenStack platforms.\nSend news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.