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has swooped down to buy part of
switch business, as the
telecom equipment manufacturer attempts to
put its house in order
The asset purchase agreement finally ends speculation that the Israeli firm was poised to grab some of Nortel's products. Rumors emerged last month that Radware was
Nortel's metro Ethernet Networks business, but is now acquiring the firm's Alteon enterprise switch family.
Nortel, which recently filed for
bankruptcy protection while it restructures its business,
the sale of its key metro Ethernet Networks division earlier this month.
Neither Nortel nor Radware has revealed the value of the Alteon deal, although the Canadian firm's enterprise offerings are widely regarded as the juiciest parts of its product portfolio.
"This is to expand our customer and partner outreach," Radware COO Ilan Kinreich told
in a telephone call from Israel. "Alteon has a pretty strong brand and loyalty with customers, and we believe that, with our expertise, we can leverage that."
With clouds of uncertainty still hanging over the tech sector, Radware seized the opportunity to strengthen its product arsenal against rivals such as
(CSCO - Get Report)
(CTXS - Get Report)
(FFIV - Get Report)
, according to Kinreich.
"We believe that this is a move that puts us in a stronger position in the market and will give us more growth in very challenging times," he says.
The Alteon switches, which are used to relieve the strain on groups of servers, will eventually be offered under a merged brand, called Radware Alteon, and the Israeli firm is keen to win hearts and minds among the Nortel customer base.