Nortel's name will live on
In the last eighteen months, MicroScope has been following the sad demise of Nortel closer than any other UK tech publication, and in that time the vendor's other business units have all found new homes

The sale of its businesses has meant Nortel has even returned to profit in recent quarters.

It was heartening to see network infrastructure provider Ciena release its quarterly results  yesterday, with the firm demonstrating in no uncertain terms the impact on its topline numbers of the Metro Ethernet networking business that it bought from Nortel.

Radware, which bought Nortel's Alteon business last year, has also seen a huge positive impact on its sales figures.

Some of the firm's best minds have also started popping up elsewhere in the channel, with John McHugh and Joel Hackney taking new senior roles at Brocade and Avaya respectively.

Closer to home, former Nortel European channel leader Amanda Giddins has also been with Brocade for about a year, developing the vendor's new channel strategy as it builds its own networking proposition.

The performance of Nortel's various business units under their new owners and the presence of its people in high profile positions throughout the industry is, to me, a worthy testament to the quality of Nortel's technology and the thousands of people around the world who developed, built, marketed and sold it.

The history of Nortel is reaching its end, with little left to sell save remaining intellectual property and patents, but the legacy of this venerable networking vendor will live on for years to come.

This was first published in June 2010

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