Microsoft, Nortel team on Net services

Nortel Networks and Microsoft announced on Tuesday they are selling a bundle of products and services to managed service providers (MSPs) interested in linking their data centers to improve the availability and reliability of their offerings.

The bundle, called Continuously Available Managed Services (CAMS), was announced at the SuperComm trade show Tuesday.

Designed to reduce the expenditures MSPs outlay for protection from power outages or other disasters, CAMS will allow MSPs to eliminate downtime with a seamless transition from the downed data center to the working one, said Brodie Gage, senior metro-optical product marketing manager for Nortel. It has been tested in Microsoft's Redmond, Washington facility, and is currently being tested by managed service providers, said Gage, who declined to name specific companies.

CAMS will be rolled out through a joint Microsoft-Nortel professional services team, but the specific products will be sold separately, Gage said.

The combined platform will allow service providers to deliver increased value for their customers, said Anil Khatod, chief marketing and strategy officer for Nortel in the statement. Enterprise customers will be able to depend more on service providers through the implementation of CAMS, which will also speed up the overall transmission rate of the data, according to the statement. Service providers will be also able to upgrade their service offerings due to the decreasing amount of time they will have to spend securing their existing offerings, said Gage.

The service will be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2001. A demonstration of the service occurred Tuesday at SuperComm.