Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Nortel Outlines SOA-based Communications-Enablement Strategy

Nortel outlined a new SOA-based Communications-Enablement strategy, which includes plans to enhance many of its existing call server and SIP application products by enabling web service capabilities, as well as introduce a new generation of products that are built specifically to meet the needs of SOA-based environments.

Nortel's Communications Enablement strategy, which is aimed at both enterprises and carriers, is based on four core components:

  • enabling web services on selective products and solutions,

  • the development of a software-based foundation environment to simplify the creation of customized communications-enabled applications and business processes,

  • alliances with IBM and others,

  • the development of a global services practice to support these SOA-based applications and solutions.

Nortel recently unveiled Web Services enablement on the Application Server 5200 and Communication Server 2000 IP Multimedia Softswitch, which allow service providers to offer their enterprise and residential customers interactive multimedia communications tools for their websites based on functionalities such as instant messaging, videoconferencing and presence.

Nortel has also rolled out Web Services capabilities on its Contact Center and Advanced Speech platforms.

In addition to enabling Web Services on existing softswitches and SIP application servers, Nortel is developing a software-based foundation environment that enables network engaged applications (or services) across a customer's multi-vendor communications infrastructure. Nortel said this new product, which is expected to be available in Q1 2008, will integrate real-time services in a multi-vendor infrastructure environment across multiple domains (enterprise, carrier, wireless and wired).

See also