GENBAND and Avaya, two of the companies that now own divisions of bankrupt Nortel Networks, are working together to allow their enterprise UC customers to make the most of those Nortel assets.
GENBAND jumped into the enterprise UC market earlier this year, fueled by its February 2010 acquisition of Nortel's carrier VoIP and applications software unit. Avaya has owned Nortel's enterprise arm since winning it at auction in September 2009. Together, the companies are developing an advanced UC roadmap for enterprises, generally in the higher ed, health care, finance and government verticals, using Avaya Communications Server 2100 and Avaya SL-100. They already had been working together but are now extending the partnership to include functionality such as mobility.
The collaboration benefits not only legacy Nortel users, but also the Avaya and GENBAND channel partners helping those businesses; resellers, dealers and even agents will be able to roll out new applications and service-development environments to Avaya's CS 2100 and SL-100 users, as well as GENBAND's GENiUS users.
Both GENBAND and Avaya build their platforms with SIP, which facilitates multivendor interoperability.
“The agreement between GENBAND and Avaya helps large institutions that have been searching to drive continuity for their investments made in legacy Nortel voice systems," said Rob Arnold, the UC&C program manager for research firm Frost & Sullivan. “This also enables businesses to find a seamless evolution to UC at their own pace without a costly 'rip and replace' approach."