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Nortel Leverages Amazon EC2, Offers On-Demand Access to Cloud-Based Real-Time Applications

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November 05, 2009

Nortel Leverages Amazon EC2, Offers On-Demand Access to Cloud-Based Real-Time Applications

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Nortel said that it’s providing enterprises the opportunity to trial and evaluate its communications applications portfolio over the Internet using the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud(2) (Amazon EC2).

Also, the platform provides a sandbox-environment for the Nortel (News - Alert) developer community to build “innovative” and “complementary” applications through new technologies such as Web services, said the company.

In a release, Sheila McGee-Smith, president and principal analyst at McGee-Smith Analytics, noted that Nortel’s decision to provide access to its communication enabled business solutions over Amazon EC2 is yet another indicator that cloud computing is the future.

With this announcement, Nortel is giving its customers, application developers and business partners a platform to create and test combining enterprise assets with Nortel and Amazon Web Services (News - Alert)-enabled solutions and a place where these same groups can share their applications and successes, she said.
Amazon EC2 enables users to develop and deploy applications in a highly available, elastic environment for large scale computing, said Steve Rabuchin, director for Developer Relations and Business Development at AWS, adding that by leveraging the Amazon Web Services, Nortel is opening up their solutions for more users to take advantage of them.
Nortel said it’s extending the Nortel Developer Program by leveraging AWS. The Nortel Developer Program has welcomed commercial companies seeking to create products for sale to mutual Nortel customers and also existing Nortel customers seeking to develop customized applications and/or integrations for their own internal use.
“Cloud computing also enables a very compelling go-to-market model, dramatically expanding the number of customers that have access to Nortel's leading applications,” said Phil Edholm (News - Alert), chief technology and strategy officer at Nortel Enterprise Solutions, in the release.
The on-demand access to Nortel's unified communications-based applications is accessible via a portal at These applications include Nortel Contact Center, Interactive Communications Portal and Agile (News - Alert) Communication Environment.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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