Have you ever bought something expensive thinking you were going to use it a lot, but ended up only using it occasionally?

For me, that’s a set of golf clubs. Sure, I used them a lot at first, but lately it seems like I rarely have time to golf. Wouldn’t it be great if you only had to pay for that customized set when you used them? And if there’s a problem with any piece of equipment, someone else takes care of the repairs? And, they would always be ready for you, whenever you want to use them, in perfect condition?

What if that were true for your network infrastructure? It’s not every day that a great idea comes along that can save you money while increasing the benefits for your business.

It’s also not every day, or even every year, that an analyst firm recognizes a company for that innovation by improving the company’s industry position by three places.

Gartner Research

Recently, Gartner released its latest research of its “Critical Capabilities for Wired and Wireless LAN access infrastructure,” produced September 2016 by Bill Menezes, Christian Canales, Tim Zimmerman, Danilo Ciscato, and Nicole Papadopoulos. ALE, operating under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, was included in that research.

Why Should You Care?

You should care if you are responsible for your company’s network infrastructure and you have a limited budget. Not everyone has the ability to support, nor the budget, to throw on products from the highest rated company who commands top dollar for products that may, or may not, deliver what you need or want.

Maybe it is time to consider paying only for what you need and use.

Unique, Consumption Based Managed Services Model Saves You Money

ALE recently introduced a unique, consumption based network solution that offers customers the flexibility to pay only for their actual usage. This new pay-per-use model provides you the same access as an OPEX model to innovative and award-winning technologies such as the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Intelligent Fabric. This infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offer is a key new capability in the ALE Wired LAN Access Infrastructure.

Besides being able to control your costs by paying only for what you use, your IT overhead costs are greatly reduced and IT operations simplified. The heavy lifting is now shifted to an Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise partner who also benefits from automated wired/wireless deployment, centralized unified management and policy enforcement.

Innovation Is The Heart Of Ale’s Network Infrastructure Products

The ranking improvement is accompanied with the introduction of several new products, which includes the ruggedized Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch® 6865 and OmniSwitch 9900, and enhancement of existing products such as the Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista® 2500 and OmniSwitch 6860(E).

The  technologies that were added to these product lines include Intelligent Fabric (iFab) that reduces IT overhead costs with automated and centralized LAN/WLAN deployment, as well as smart analytics that provides in-depth visibility into the network and applications.

Flexibility To Meet Your Business Needs

What’s great about this pay-per-use model is that you have all the network capabilities readily available whenever you need them and you can save money when you don’t. No longer do you need to worry about how you will pay for additional infrastructure for when your business grows. It’s easily accomplished through the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Network on Demand (NoD) service. Plus, you benefit from the latest new technology without paying for a forklift upgrade! All of that is handled for you when you choose the Network on Demand service.

So, if you think Network on Demand could be the money saving solution your company has been searching for, you can read more on it here or locate an ALE partner in your region that can help you get started.

No matter how you slice it (or hook it), sometimes a great idea is easy to spot!


Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Vicki Vaughn

Technical marketing writer and U.S. patent agent

Vicki Vaughn has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry working in various marketing, PR, investor relations positions, and now supports patent efforts as a U.S. patent agent.

Currently in the Communications group of ALE, she is a technical marketing writer and editor of marketing and communications materials for use across various traditional and modern social media outlets. Plus, she supports ALE's US patent efforts.

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