Nortel continues the enterprise fight

NortelEven though it filed Chapter 11 and is reportedly looking to sell off huge chunks of its business, Nortel is not giving up the enterprise fight.

The company this week will unveil its next generation large enterprise core/data center aggregation switch. The Virtual Service Platform 9000 is Nortel’s entry into the increasingly crowded core data center switch field, which has seen numerous announcements of late from Nortel’s competitors: Force10, Extreme, Juniper and even 3Com, which is re-entering the battle to provide a lower cost alternative to Cisco during these trying economic times.
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Nortel says the VSP 9000 will go up against Cisco’s Nexus 7000, Force10’s ExaScale, Extreme’s BlackDiamond 8900, Brocade’s BigIron RX, Juniper’s EX8216, 3Com’s S12500 and any other switch approaching or exceeding 100Gbps per slot capacity and designed to aggregate hundreds of 10Gbps Ethernet ports.

Nortel’s challenges are significant, however. The company is restructuring under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors so its future is uncertain. Also, the VSP 9000 won’t ship for another year, while most competitor offerings are already on the market.

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Nortel curtailing Carrier Ethernet switch/router investment

NortelNortel this week said is winding down its investment in Carrier Ethernet switch/routers (CESR) in favor of packet optical transport platforms.

Nortel said the decision will let the company focus investment on an area where it is realizing momentum and stability. Nortel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors as it attempts to restructure the company operationally and financially, and last week it fired 3,200 more people.

Affected product lines include the Metro Ethernet Routing Switch 8600, Metro Ethernet Services Unit 1800 and the Metro Ethernet Manager element and domain management system. Nortel says it has dedicated resources to continue to work with customers, and that it will continue to service, support, and ship products to its CESR installed base.

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Nortel wants to unload application-delivery unit to Radware

NortelNortel wants to sell off its application-delivery gear to Radware, but to keep on selling it under an OEM agreement.

While Nortel says it would like to proceed with the deal, it has also filed papers in U.S. and Canadian bankruptcy courts that would allow others to bid on the layer 4 to 7 technology assets and make higher, better offers, the company says.

Radware would not say how much it bid.

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