The networking vendor's Collaborative Cloud framework is designed to make it easier for businesses to access unified communications technology over the Internet.
officials are pushing a cloud strategy for communications that will let
enterprises, service providers and others build and use Avaya-based
collaboration solutions in public, private and hybrid clouds.
Collaborative Cloud framework was a central part of the keynote speech at the
Enterprise Connect 2012 show in Orlando, Fla., given March 27 by Brett
Shockley, senior vice president and general manager of applications and
emerging technologies at the networking company.
introduced a suite of cloud-based solutions, called AvayaLive. That includes
the new AvayaLive Connect, an integrated unified communications (UC) offering
for smaller businesses that includes everything from voice and voice
conferencing to messaging, video and mobility.
announcements out of Enterprise Connect are just the beginning of what Avaya
wants to achieve in the cloud, according to Shockley.
Collaborative Cloud formalizes Avaya's cloud strategy, he said in a statement.
It expands our current portfolio of cloud-based solutions to encompass new
[offerings] from the public cloud. Over the year, we will continue building new
cloud-based solutions in a variety of highly flexible delivery models, enabling
our customers and partners to access, utilize and extend the value of Avaya's
applications, platforms and infrastructure."
Avaya has been
aggressive over the past couple of years in building up its communications portfolio.
Earlier this month, company officials announced it was buying video
collaboration vendor Radvision for $230 million, a move that will
bring video capabilities in-house and enable Avaya to expand its UC portfolio.
It also will help boost Avayas networking business, according to company
Radvision, Avaya can now provide customers with a single, total solution from
Avaya, Nick Francis, vice president of sales for Avayas Video Collaboration
group, said in a March 15 conference call at the time the Radvision deal was
Avaya has been
partnering with other vendors for video conferencing capabilities.
Collaborative Cloud platform will give businesses, service providers, channel
partners and developers a new way to access the companys UC, video
conferencing and contact center technologies, officials said.
businesses, AvayaLive Connect will give them a complete, integrated package of
communications products that can be accessed via the Web, according to company
officials. The mobility support will enable SMBs to handle the growing
bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend of employees wanting to use their own
personal devicesparticularly tablets and smartphonesto access the corporate
network and data.
supports PCs and Apples Mac systems, as well as Apples iOS operating system
for the iPhone and Googles Android mobile OS. It also supports multiple
offices, remote workers and mobile employees. Avaya currently is running trials
of AvayaLive Connect, which is expected to be generally available in the United
States by mid-2012.
service providers looking to create enterprise-class private or hybrid clouds
can use Avayas Virtual Enterprise Network Architecturefor deploying private
clouds that can be extended from the data center to the desktopand Avayas
Aura foundational communications platform, according to company officials.
also can leverage Avayas Communications Outsourcing Solutions as a private,
managed cloud, they said.
AvayaLive also includes AvayaLive Engage, an immersive platform that lets
participants use personalized avatars in a three-dimensional environment for
collaborative events like meetings and HR training. AvayaLive Engage had been known as web.alive since it was
introduced in February 2011.
features of the solution include support for Apples Mac OSX operating systems
and Safari Web browsers, video conferencing capabilities, video streaming,
sharing and playback, and upgraded collaboration tools.