Avaya Launches Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture Platform

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The company's Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) platform is designed for high levels of scalability.

Enterprise communications systems, software and services provider Avaya Data Solutions launched a new data networking platform, Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture, designed to deliver a simplified end-to-end connectivity solution between users and their content. The Virtual Services platform is a hardware platform that delivers high levels of performance, scalability and high-speed port density and the Ethernet routing switch 8000 series provides medium to large enterprises with enhanced levels of performance and reliability designed for core, wiring closet and data center applications.

In addition, the Avaya Data Solutions Management toolset provides unified management capabilities across data and voice networks—including switches, routers and call servers, and the WLAN 8011 Series combines access points, controllers and management software. The architecture features a Virtual Services Fabric that spans the entire network and enables one-touch provisioning for a range of capabilities provided by Virtual Services Networks.

"Enterprises today are asking for more than just choice when looking at networking solutions. They clearly need solutions that will empower IT to quickly respond to changing business requirements, improve time to service, while simplifying their network and reducing costs," said Mark Fabbi, a vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner. "Enabling the agile enterprise requires a new way of approaching network architecture. It requires a new level of synergy between collaborative real-time applications, the virtualized data center environment and the underlying, enabling network."

VENA's Virtual Services Fabric is built on IEEE Shortest Path Bridging, is implemented on new data center modular and fixed platforms in addition to being a simple upgrade option for existing products and also includes tools for management of a virtualized environment. The new architecture is supported by the Virtual Services Platform 9000 (Avaya VSP 9000), a platform that has been architected to scale in support of emerging 40/100G technologies.

"Avaya's VENA architecture is radically different conceptually," said Kevin Schukraft, manager of network technology for Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. "We actually have the Avaya VSP 9000 working well in limited production today as we continue with our roadmap to fully deploy the technology. From an operational standpoint, it consolidates systems, reduces footprint and decreases the risk of downtime, which is critical for us as we support round-the-clock student activity. And, it positions us to keep up with new app demands of our tech-savvy students."

Zeus Kerravala, senior vice president and distinguished research fellow with analytics firm Yankee Group, said their research shows human error accounts for 37 percent of all network downtime – the single biggest factor in network disruption. "VENA reduces costs and improves time to service by providing a more efficient way to manage the connectivity between users and their content," he said. "The new architecture also reduces risks for CIOs by providing new, streamlined tools for network management, IT agility and simplifies the process of provisioning and policy configurations."