Nortel Virtualization Solution Simplifies Network for Unified Communications

Enterprises’ ability to realize every last dollar from their network investments by instantly adding new services the moment they are needed is now a reality with a new network virtualization solution from Nortel.

Nortel’s virtualization solution makes it possible for the many previously separated elements within enterprise networks to be linked together, harnessing the power of each to work together as one, eliminating the need for costly re-engineering when new services are needed quickly. The pooling of network resources – and even separate networks – through virtualization can deliver sophisticated capabilities instantly such as turning up bandwidth in just one part of the network when videoconference use is high or increased security for only users of highly confidential information. Virtualization simplifies data center design and management of networks to lower operational expenses while also capping the cost of expanding available services and dramatically reducing energy consumption.

“Nortel’s network virtualization solution enables enterprises and service providers to simplify their communications infrastructure by allowing resources to be made available in a collective manner and to be allocated as needed,” said Cindy Borovick, research vice president, Data Center Networks, IDC. “This maximizes the capabilities of their network, decreasing wasted resources. It also limits the equipment that needs to be deployed, delivering savings over the life of the solution. The integration with a server virtualization solution gives new options for end-to-end virtualization deployments.”

“Our data center and service provider customers are eager for the rapid deployment of network services and the ability to drive more capacity from their existing network. We have deployed Nortel’s virtualization solution to maximize our data center customers’ business. Nortel has crafted a network virtualization solution that provides speed, flexibility, eliminates wasted resources and opens the existing network to deliver more capabilities,” said Yukio Yamazaki, senior vice president, NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation, a systems integrator in Japan. “Using less equipment and minimizing the complexity with virtualization technology drives next-generation business for our data center and service provider customers.”

“Creating a virtual network increases the speed and simplicity of commerce. It reduces the time to deploy new services and applications, add new networking elements and allows what are essentially different networks to be operated as a single entity,” said Joel Hackney, president, Enterprise Solutions, Nortel. “It also speeds the time and ability for enterprises to take advantage of important new technologies like unified communications which can mitigate the complexity of business communications by linking them directly to business process. Our customers also now have the ability to introduce their own revenue-generating services quickly.”

Enterprises can serve different classes of users with virtual networks that ensure the different data streams remain separate. This also serves carriers which host enterprise services that can ensure their customers’ traffic remains private by keeping it independent, this enables service providers to offer a wide-range of value-add services quickly and easily, which will attract new business, increase customer satisfaction and improve profit margins.