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Avaya Unveils Virtualization Plans

November 10, 2010 - News

Avaya has launched a new data networking architecture that the company says helps enterprises reap the benefits of virtualization in a more simplified and cost-effective manner. This technology utilizes a new, end-to-end enterprise-wide architecture designed to help CIOs and IT departments meet the surging demand for new content and business collaboration applications.

Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (Avaya VENA) allows organizations to more easily optimize business applications and service deployments in and between data centers and campuses, the company said. Avaya VENA is supposed to help reduce costs and can significantly improve time-to-service by more efficiently optimizing the network connections between application servers and end users – essentially providing an end-to-end connection from the desktop all the way to the data center. It can also reduce risks for CIOs by simplifying provisioning and policy configurations, reducing network re-designs, and providing new, streamlined tools for network management.

Avaya is also announcing a series of relationships in support of Avaya VENA with companies including VMware, QLogic, Coraid, and Silver Peak Systems – in addition to many other companies that have joined as members of Avaya’s DevConnect program, an initiative to develop, market and sell innovative third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology. Avaya VENA is based on open industry standards, and Avaya is aggressively pursuing and building out a broader ecosystem of technology collaborators to support the architecture.

“No one else can offer this level of simplicity around virtualization and collaboration," said Steve Bandrowczak, vice president and general manager, Avaya Data Solutions. “Together with our technology partners, we are delivering a truly revolutionary and unique solution that maximizes the business model for virtualization and data center networking. The new Avaya VENA architecture, coupled with our cutting-edge innovation in business collaboration, is re-defining the way enterprises communicate."

The new architecture features a “Virtual Services Fabric" that spans the entire network and enables one-touch provisioning for the full range of capabilities provided by Virtual Services Networks. This architecture is designed to increase flexibility and scalability by delivering an infrastructure that creates a “private cloud," to deliver always-on content and access to applications in a dramatically simplified model. This approach also protects enterprises’ core networks from the costly failures and human-error issues that are often experienced by the traditional, complicated process for provisioning or adding, deleting or changing applications in a virtualized environment.

Avaya says VENA expands the company’s proven data center solutions that have been deployed by customers for almost a decade. The new technologies leverage existing data network infrastructures and investments, and are scalable to provide a path for future growth.

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