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Nortel Unveils Next-Gen Core Enterprise Network Solution

Virtual Services Platform 9000 Delivers Industry-Leading Business Agility
  • 20 May, 2009 14:05

<p>Nortel* [TSX: NT | OTC: NRTLQ] today introduced the Virtual Services Platform (VSP) 9000 the next-generation enterprise solution for mission-critical core networks and data centers. The new platform helps companies realize the benefits of emerging virtualization technologies that require unparalleled reliability and flexibility, while providing over twice the performance compared to the primary competition.**</p>
<p>The VSP 9000 enables simplified network virtualization, positions companies to reduce capital and operating expenses, and provides a more energy efficient network solution that can deliver further savings from lower power usage. It is also designed to be future-proof by providing an architecture designed for technical longevity well beyond the typical lifespan of current solutions.
VSP 9000 also delivers carrier-grade reliability to ensure uninterrupted business services based on its ability to repair communication paths in milliseconds, a fraction of the time it takes for competitive solutions to recover. This represents unprecedented fail-over capabilities that are an improvement over Nortel’s existing lead that are third-party proven to provide at least seven times the resiliency*** over competitive solutions.</p>
<p>Aftenposten is the largest newspaper in Norway and its IT department also provides network operations for nearly 30 other companies of all sizes, including five of the top fifteen internet sites in Norway, and the largest internet classifieds site in the Nordics. “Cost, as measured in total cost of ownership, is a critical driver. As a large company with international operations, our customers depend on us and any network downtime is completely unacceptable. Our assessment of Nortel’s VSP 9000 shows it provides flexibility, simplicity of operation, security and incredible performance,” said Tor Fleime, Manager Aftenposten IT. ”The solution promises enhanced scalability and carrier grade reliability to meet our increasing needs and future expectations.”</p>
<p>“Business continuity, network flexibility and cost reduction are the top factors that enterprises identify as their most prevalent concerns today,” said Joel Hackney, president, Enterprise Solutions, Nortel. “Businesses are taxed with the increased network capacity requirements of today and more importantly, anticipating tomorrow’s demands especially as they embrace unified communications. Given the current state of diminished IT resources and skyrocketing network demands, the new VSP 9000 can give businesses a competitive advantage from a networking standpoint.”</p>
<p>Concord Hospital is a regional medical center that provides comprehensive acute-care services and healthcare programs to patients throughout New Hampshire. “As a medical care facility, I cannot stress the importance of communications. We trust Nortel to deliver on that,” said Mark Starry, enterprise architect, Infrastructure and Security Information Technology Services, Capital Region HealthCare/Concord Hospital. “With close to 10,000 network devices, our core network is based on Nortel 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology and our Nortel wireless network supports over 400 access points to serve our mobile staff. Nortel's VSP 9000 promises enhanced scalability and carrier grade resiliency that will simplify our multi-tier network. We look forward to migrating to the next-generation core network platform.”</p>
<p>Nortel has partnered with VMware to provide network infrastructure that maximizes the performance, availability and resilience of their industry-leading server virtualization solution. “We are glad to see Nortel working to complement the industry-leading VMware platform with a solution like VSP 9000, which is aimed at improving uptime, availability and mobility of applications running on VMware vSphere™ 4, the first operating system for building the internal cloud,” said Shekar Ayyar, vice president, infrastructure alliances, VMware. “Nortel’s solution can help customers accelerate their virtualization adoption as they move toward cloud computing to achieve greater efficiency, control and choice in their datacenters.”</p>
<p>The VSP 9000 is designed to deliver a future-proof, ultra-reliable network that provides agile, virtual network services. The VSP 9000 supports up to 720 10GE port density per rack, supporting up to 720 10Gbps Ethernet ports per rack and up to 27Tbps switching capacity in a single chassis, or over 100Tbps in a quad Switch Cluster.****</p>
<p>Nortel will be demonstrating the new VSP 9000 at the Interop 2009 Trade Show in Las Vegas, May 18-21. The VSP 9000 is currently a finalist for Interop’s Best in Show award.</p>
<p>About Nortel
Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel’s technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at For the latest Nortel news, visit</p>
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