Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Nortel Teams with IBM for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Nortel and IBM will collaborate to offer a software-based foundation that ties together business applications and processes with unified communications and collaboration tools using the principles of service oriented architecture (SOA).

Under a newly announced deal, the IBM WebSphere Application Server will be integrated into Nortel's new software-based solution foundation environment. Nortel is abstracting communication components from the underlying existing telecom infrastructure and making them available within this new web services-based environment. br>

In addition, Nortel's software based foundation environment will be integrated with IBM's unified communications and collaboration platform, Lotus Sametime. This will enable capabilities like click to call, click to conference, telephony presence and shared directory services in Lotus Sametime. br>

The companies said their collaboration will allow companies to create SOA-based communications-enabled applications and business processes by linking together business systems and applications with communication systems and networks.

The companies also agreed to market communications-enabled solutions comprised of services, the Nortel software based foundation environment, IBM software and services and multiple hardware platforms including IBM BladeCenter and System x servers. br>

Nortel and IBM are initially targeting companies in the healthcare and retail markets.