T-Systems and Alcatel-Lucent Deploy Industry-First Commercial 100 Gbit/s Link Spanning Optical and IP Routing Technologies

June 14, 2010

STUTTGART, Germany and PARIS, June 14, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and T-Systems, Deutsche
Telekom’s corporate customer arm, today announced they have achieved an
industry first by connecting high-performance data centers of the Dresden and
Bergakademie Freiberg technical universities with a 60 km link using
commercial 100 Gigabit/second (100G) connectivity that leverages both IP and
optical technologies. This unique combination enables unmatched end-to-end
scalability, performance and compatibility across core, edge and metro
networks. The data on the 100G link between the two universities are
processed in real-time and are being transmitted on a single wavelength – an
industry first.

The extremely high bandwidth of 100G communications technology will
improve the cooperation between research facilities and will be used to
facilitate more advanced cloud service delivery options and pave the way for
proliferation of collaborative multimedia applications. Specifically this new
broadband link will provide the research data centers an environment in which
they can evaluate the properties of bandwidth-intensive applications and
services under realistic conditions. Researchers of both universities are
using the installation to study the resource requirements of clustered
virtual servers, Lustre wide-area file systems, network-attached storage and
real-time video conferencing applications under heavy load.

Business and private customers of Deutsche Telekom are using ever more
varied and complex applications. Science and research are early adopters of
this trend. “As far as network performance is concerned, there is no doubt
that we are on our way to the gigabit society, which requires gigabit
networks,” says Hagen Rickmann, who is responsible for Innovations and
Portfolio Management at Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems unit. “We must ensure
that we can adapt our networks to the constantly increasing demand for
bandwidth anytime and in an economical way. Testing the new 100 Gigabit
technology between Dresden and Freiberg under real conditions is an important
milestone on this way.”

The Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH)
of Technical University Dresden and the Technical University Bergakademie
Freiberg will exploit the next generation of network technology to test their
application scenarios at an unprecedented level of performance. For
distributing data with the Lustre wide-area file system, ZIH will work
closely with Indiana University in the framework of their cooperation
agreement. Other tests include clustered virtual servers, network-attached
storage and real-time video conferencing applications. Of specific interest
is the quality of service delivered under high load. The storage
infrastructure for these tests is generously provided by DataDirect Networks

“With the increasing research focus on engineering in Freiberg, High
Performance Computing is a key technology for us. In addition to our own
systems we are strengthening our collaboration with ZIH. This testbed allows
us to develop and evaluate future concepts of High Performance Computing
usage in Saxony”, says Dr. Andreas Kluge, director of the computer center at
TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage NetworkTM (HLN) architecture,
this project is the industry’s first deployment of a network that illustrates
the benefits of a seamless interaction between optical transport systems and
IP Service routers using 100G links. The unique combination offers
improvements in overall network scaling from today’s 10G and 40G to 100G,
total cost of ownership, power consumption and operational simplification,
which are key drivers for Alcatel-Lucent’s Converged Backbone Transformation
(CBT) solution. Core elements of the 100G solution deployed between the
technical universities of Dresden and Bergakademie Freiberg are the
Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch
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“Research data centers, with their exceptional computing power and
bandwidth demands, are excellent early adopters for this technological
innovation”, says Adolfo Hernandez, President of Alcatel-Lucent EMEA. “With
Alcatel-Lucent’s considerable experience in IP routing and optical
technologies, and the timely availability of their commercial offerings, we
are uniquely positioned to provide 100G across the IP and optical network for
seamless, end-to-end high performance, even for the most advanced
collaborative and cloud-based applications currently being developed.”

About Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage Network(TM)

The Alcatel-Lucent High Leverage Network(TM) (HLN) architecture addresses
the dual challenges of simultaneously scaling and managing network capacity
to meet increasing bandwidth demand while delivering differentiated, revenue
generating services. It achieves this by delivering scalable bandwidth at the
lowest cost per bit and by embedding intelligence in the network to enable
dynamic service creation and delivery. The foundation for the Alcatel-Lucent
Application Enablement (
http://www2.alcatel-lucent.com/application_enablement/) vision, the HLN
architecture collapses multiple complex costly overlay networks into a
simpler, fully optimized network that leverages technical innovations and
embraces existing environments.

For more information about Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage Network(TM)
(HLN) architecture, please visit:


About T-Systems

Drawing on a global infrastructure of data centers and networks,
T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for
multinational corporations and public sector institutions. T-Systems provides
integrated solutions for the networked future of business and society. The
company’s some employees combine industry expertise and ICT innovations to
add significant value to customers’ core business all over the world.
T-Systems generated revenue of around EUR 8.8 billion in the 2009 financial


About Technische Universitat Dresden / Center for Information Services
and High Performance Computing (ZIH)

With 35.000 students, 4.200 permanent employees, and more than 400
professors TU Dresden is the largest university in Saxony. In the first stage
of the German Excellence Initiative, TU Dresden has been the only university
in East Germany which has been approved of a graduate school and a cluster of
excellence. The faculty of computer science of TU Dresden is one of the
largest in Germany. The ZIH is a central scientific unit of TU Dresden with
research activities in a broad spectrum. The infrastructure of ZIH, which has
its focus on data-intensive computing, is provided to all scientific users in


About Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg

With its four core themes – Geosciences, Materials, Energy and
Environment – it has a very distinct profile addressing the specific issues
of our modern industrial nation. This profile guarantees a high-level
education in the fields of Science, Engineering and Economics. TU
Bergakademie Freiberg’s 5000 students certify its top position in the
nation-wide rankings again and again. It is also among the strongest external
funding universities. The campus offers numerous advantages of a small


About DataDirect Networks (DDN)

Datadirect Networks is the world leading provider of high capacity and
high bandwidth scalable storage solutions for high Performance, Grid and
Cloud Computing. For more information, go to http://www.datadirectnet.com.

About Indiana University:

Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) at Indiana University is a
world-class organization dedicated to the development and delivery of
innovative information technology to advance research, education, industry,
and society. Supported in part by a $15 million grant from the Lilly
Endowment, Inc., PTI is built upon a spirit of collaboration and brings
together researchers and technologists from a range of disciplines and
organizations, including the IU School of Informatics and Computing at
Bloomington, the IU Maurer School of Law, and University Information
Technology Services at Indiana University.


About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted
transformation partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic
industries such as defence, energy, healthcare, transportation, and
governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video
communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged
broadband networking, IP and optics technologies, applications and services,
Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of

Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications
industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced
global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local
partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 15.2
in 2009 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located
in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent
blog http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow us on Twitter:

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