In a move that could price competitor Cisco out of the game, New York-based Nortel Networks has come up with a new pricing program for access data routers that is up to 50% less than its largest competitor. In a related announcement, the company stated that it has issued licenses to more than 75 customers for its Open IP Environment routing and Internet Protocol (IP) software. The software allows companies to Internet-enable everything from servers and networking processors to Internet appliances.
"The foundation of the Internet economy is shifting from 'routing in routers' to software, silicon, and the high-performance Optical Internet," said Bill Conner, president of Enterprise Solutions. "These announcements recognize the movement from expensive and complex ‘Old-World' routers to low-cost ‘New-World' routing and IP software, and the efficiencies we are realizing through our eBusiness initiatives and virtually integrated business model."
The new pricing program is effective immediately and is being introduced across the entire portfolio of enterprise access router products including the Bay Router AN and ARN.