Nortel delivers Advanced Business Connectivity initiative

Nortel Networks is introducing a whole range of switching and routing products as part of a new framework designed to provide secure and consistent delivery of business applications.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  March 5, 2003

Nortel Networks is introducing a whole range of switching and routing products as part of a new framework designed to provide secure and consistent delivery of business applications wherever a user is located and through whichever device they are using.

“Business processes have changed dramatically in the last several years, but the state of network performance has not kept pace,” says Oscar Rodriguez, president and general manager, enterprise networks, Nortel Networks.

“The Advanced Business Connectivity initiative addresses the end goal of enhancing business productivity, how to serve applications that will, in turn, make employees, partners and customers more productive and engaged,” he adds.

As part of the framework known as Advanced Business Connectivity, Nortel is releasing Alteon Application Switch 2424, Alteon Application Switch 2424-SSL, Passport 8600, Passport 1600 Routing Switch portfolio and the BayStack 380-24F Switch.

The comprehensive range of products should all be released into the market by the end of this month, with the Alteon 2424 switch leveraging its enhanced architecture to deliver intelligent traffic management based on the attributes of a particular device. While the Alteon 2424-SSL switch offers enhanced security capabilities with SSL processing and SSL VPN applications, which should offer secure remote access to applications.

Additionally, the Passport 8600 routing switch is also equipped with the Alteon 8661 SSL Acceleration Module, enabling it to offload SSL processing from servers and enhance network performance for large enterprises or service providers. Furthermore, the BayStack switch provides Layer 2 aggregation and functionality, as well as high bandwidth.

“Instead of tinkering at the periphery, the Advanced Business Connectivity framework allows enterprises to free their applications, and gives companies the flexibility to balance accessibility with the appropriate level of security. This initiative changes the nature of how business operates, making work an activity and no longer a destination,” comments Rodriguez.

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