Nortel plans to push deeper into the datacentre market next year with a new product strategy that stresses virtualisation and reliability. In a conference call hosted by investment firm CIBC World Markets, Steve Slattery, president of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions group, said Nortel will deliver products in late 2008 or early 2009, which will also complement its voice over IP and unified comms portfolio.
"We have a pretty significant product development to deliver the capability and density required for data centers applications," Slattery said. "There is pent-up demand for a strong alternative to Cisco."
Nortel plans to unveil its own line ofwireless Lan switches and access points based on the IEEE 802.11n Multiple-input Multiple-output standard.
Nortel is looking to roll out its own 802.11n switches and access points in the fourth quarter of 2008, Slattery said.