Nortel today announced the availability of a brand new network virtualization solution, enabling 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 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.
“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.”
Nortel’s network virtualization solution features the Ethernet Routing Switch (ERS) 8600 5.0 coupled with the Virtual Services Switch 5000, a new platform that consolidates network elements and provides flexible and dynamic network services on-the-fly, with proven integration with server virtualization solutions. The ERS 8600’s 10G high port density, industry-leading resiliency, Layer 3 routing virtualization and simplified virtual private network provisioning over the existing IP backbone, simplifies network design and increases cost-effectiveness and reliability. Its resiliency serves multiple customers, departments or user groups within the LAN and across the campus/metro network.
The VSS 5000 consolidates and virtualizes multiple functions onto a single device. It orchestrates and provisions services instantaneously. This innovative new product combines network services such as firewalls, application switching and SSL acceleration onto a single platform. The result is an end-to-end solution that lowers capital expenses while maximizing network resources.