Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Avaya Extends Network Virtualization to the Campus

Steve Bandrowczak,
VP & GM, Avaya Data
Avaya Delivers Latest Milestone in Data Networking Strategy; Simplifies Deployment of Next-Generation Collaboration Applications

Dubai, UAE – Avaya, a global leader in enterprise communications systems, software and services, today announced that it is extending the capabilities of its Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (Avaya VENA) beyond the data center to the campus network. This marks a significant milestone in Avaya’s data networking strategy and delivers the virtualization capabilities of Avaya VENA to the company’s Ethernet Routing Switch (ERS) 8800 and 8600 products.

Avaya VENA simplifies the enterprise network, helping organizations streamline the deployment of cloud-based services and improve the delivery of always-on content. It brings network virtualization and IEEE Shortest Path Bridging (802.1aq) to the campus, enabling Avaya ERS 8800 and 8600 customers to install, provision and manage real-time applications and services in minutes rather than days. The capabilities of Avaya VENA are available immediately to new ERS 8800 and 8600 customers. Existing customers whose platforms support Release 7.1 can upgrade by means of a simple software update.

“Avaya VENA helps CIOs say yes to more devices, better applications and enhanced services,” said Steve Bandrowczak, vice president and general manager, Avaya Data Solutions. “It eliminates old-world constraints and limitations, simplifying the enterprise network from end to end. Avaya VENA significantly reduces customer time to service, allows enterprises to quickly and easily deploy next-generation applications, and lets organizations of all sizes better meet their business needs.”

“Avaya is executing on its vision of making VENA an architecture that can be deployed end-to-end; from the data center, to the campus and ultimately to the wiring closet and the branch office. VENA gives Avaya a unique position in the market, enabling network virtualization across the whole enterprise, not just the data center,” said Rohit Mehra, director of Enterprise Communications Infrastructure, IDC. “Network management will be one of the most critical elements of network virtualization, and Avaya’s focus on delivering the tools to configure, manage, and troubleshoot the virtualized network will differentiate Avaya in this market.”

For Customers: Faster Deployments With Fewer Complications

Avaya VENA simplifies the deployment of next-generation applications and services by providing the critical network infrastructure needed to create private clouds. Whereas traditional deployments require significant manual provisioning, Avaya VENA enables simple, one-touch provisioning across the network. It helps increase network performance and efficiency, ensures resilience and reliability, and provides users with access to an always-on service that empowers communication anywhere, anytime, without interruption.

About Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture

Avaya VENA delivers the next-generation enterprise network. It features a Virtual Services Fabric, built on the IEEE Shortest Path Bridging (802.1aq) standard, which acts as a single, unified backbone—allowing traffic to take the most optimal path through the network. Virtual Service Networks run across this fabric, providing an on-demand infrastructure that reduces costs, significantly improves time to service, and can virtually eliminate human error. It optimizes connections between application servers and end users, and allows for secure end-to-end traffic separation. Avaya VENA provides simplified provisioning, network authentication, better utilization of network resources, and streamlined tools for network management.

About Avaya Ethernet Routing Switch 8800 and 8600

The Avaya ERS 8800 and ERS 8600 are resilient, flexible, and highly scalable modular Ethernet switching solutions that deliver versatile network virtualization for exceptional value. Unlike conventional ASIC-based hardware, the Avaya ERS 8800 and ERS 8600 feature unique field programmable network processors for all Interface Modules. This allows them to maintain full hardware-based performance and receive software upgrades, such as Avaya VENA, which take advantage of new features and functionality.

About Avaya
Avaya is a global leader in enterprise communications systems. The company provides unified communications, contact centers, data solutions, and related services directly and through its channel partners to leading businesses and organizations around the world. Enterprises of all sizes depend on Avaya for state-of-the-art communications that improve efficiency, collaboration, customer service and competitiveness. For more information please visit www.avaya.com.


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