Nuage Networks, Alcatel-Lucent’s SDN venture, has announced its second major deal one year after launching.

Enterprise cloud provider Numergy has selected Nuage’s SDN platform and A-L’s 7750 service router for deployment across its datacenters.

The France-based company plans to open two datacenters this year, with the goal of 10 additional datacenters in operation over the next three years.

It is looking to implement and scale automated cloud networks as a result of the deal, with Nuage charged with managing and automating these datacenter networks to be more programmable and operationally efficient. 

Numergy COO Erik Beauvalot said Nuage’s technology would allow his company to address key performance and compatibility requirements for an open environment.

“This will allow us to virtualize our infrastructure and to offer our customers cloud services in a more dynamic way,” he added.

According to Gartner, spending on cloud infrastructure-as-a-service in Western Europe is growing at over 32 percent CAGR currently and the market will reach $5.9 billion by 2017.

In January, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center became the first company to select Nuage’s platform.

It was the first major customer announcement that Nuage has made since it was launched in2013 in partnership with Citrix, F5, HP and Palo Alto Networks.

[Read more: Alcatel-Lucent heads to the cloud and SDN for new revenues]

In February, A-L revealed it made a loss of €1.3 billion last year but pointed to an improved Q4 performance as a sign that its turnaround is on track.

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