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Alcatel-Lucent launches Web Services Gateway Release 3.0 and places as a visionary in leading analyst report


Paris – Alcatel-Lucent (Paris: Euronext and NYSE: ALU) today announced Release 3.0 of the Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess 8550 Web Services Gateway (WSG), a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) appliance that lets enterprises and service providers deliver an open and secure Web services environment for their customers’ business-to-business transactions and Web 2.0 services. Alcatel-Lucent’s WSG ensures that companies transforming their businesses through business process automation, Web 2.0 and cloud computing services can secure and govern how users interact online to prevent fraud, mitigate risk and maintain compliance.

Associated with the timing of the new release, Alcatel-Lucent appears for the first time in the 2009 Gartner Magic Quadrant* for SOA Governance, placing in the “visionary” quadrant. According to the Gartner report, visionaries help articulate important market trends and direction.

“Market trends indicate that corporations will increase their reliance on cloud-based services and securing interactions with the cloud will be critical for proper governance,” said Frank Kenny, Research Director for Applications Strategy and Governance at Gartner. “It will be important for corporations to choose vendors that have the experience to provide the security, management and audit capabilities to support multiple deployment models from B2B across the Internet to being a trusted intermediary for consuming and supplying cloud services.”

Cloud computing implies the use of Internet-based, sometimes virtualized, resources and services.

Recognized as a visionary product, the Alcatel-Lucent 8550 WSG Release 3.0 provides a finely detailed level of control that enables innovative service providers to securely provide new Internet-based, revenue-generating services. Protected by the Web Services Gateway, a service provider could allow a third-party entertainment company, for example, to provide localized movie schedule information to a user without jeopardizing either the third party or end-user’s data.

Key technology developments in the Alcatel-Lucent 8550 WSG Release 3.0 include:

* Detailed, context-sensitive capture of usage patterns that lets organizations monitor and adapt to security breaches -- including fraudulent transactions from trusted users
* Efficient, flexible, high-performance policy evaluation and contextual policy enforcement for protection of private information
* Granular views of user-centric Web services, ensuring authorized individuals (including those offering third-party services) have access to the information they require
* Enhanced monitoring of user interactions and Web services, ensuring specified service level agreements.

“The 8550 Web Services Gateway provides the enterprise a reusable corporate-wide infrastructure that can be applied to many facets of governance, from security to compliance,” said Michel Emelianoff, Alcatel-Lucent vice president of Enterprise Security Solutions. “The new functionality offered with Release 3.0 better meets the needs of Alcatel-Lucent’s enterprise and service provider customers.”

More information about the wide range of Alcatel-Lucent security solutions is available online.

*Magic Quadrant Disclaimer
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted April 2, 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises 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 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 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:


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