The company's Aura Branch portfolio expands to include midmarket businesses and support mixed environments.
Business collaboration systems, software and services specialist Avaya
announced that employees in enterprise locations of all sizes can now
collaborate via voice, video and data with its expanded Aura branch and midsize
Avaya unified communications products are designed to offer businesses
greater flexibility to enable multimodal collaboration among groups of
employees, including branch, remote and mobile workers.
The Aura Branch portfolio expands with a gateway for small to medium-size
branches that adapts current infrastructures (H.323, PRI, etc.) to support a
SIP core infrastructure on a single platform. Scalable to over 350 users
per branch, the Avaya B5800 Branch Gateway offers a range of basic to enhanced
options and supports centralized environments with applications extended from
the Aura core with enhanced survivability and managed at the core, and
distributed environments with applications and call control delivered locally
while centrally managed, like those typically found in real-estate or
The platform also supports mixed environments with both localized and
centralized applications. For example, a local auto attendant application could
provide directions, multiple languages and sales announcements while
centralized applications enable video, collaboration and mobility solutions.
The company's Aura platform for midsize enterprises brings Aura applications
onto a single virtualized server for easier installation and management,
reduced total cost of ownership (TCO), and
energy efficiency for companies with 250 to 1,000 users. Features include Aura
Session Manager for management of all SIP endpoints, Aura Presence to share
rich presence information between endpoints from Avaya and other third-party vendors,
and Aura Session Border Controller, which enables secure connections between
SIP-based unified communications and the growing number of IP-based devices,
smartphones and applications used by employees inside and outside of the
"There's real market opportunity to provide midsize enterprises with
functional, less complex and easier-to-manage UC solutions. Likewise, branch
office environments require flexible configuration options and things like
local PBX and collaboration features for end users, along with access to
centralized UC applications," said Rich Costello, senior research analyst
for enterprise communications infrastructure for IT research firm IDC.
"The new Aura Solution for Midsize Enterprises and Aura Branch Solution
address their targeted segments appropriately, nicely leveraging Aura
communications features and functionality with effective pricing options for
In addition, updated Avaya conferencing phones-added to the company's unified
communications (UC) portfolio following the acquisition of Konftel earlier this
year-include three options for enterprise customers. The B5800 Branch Gateway
is globally available this month, and Aura Solution for Midsize Enterprises 6.1
will be globally available in April.
The company's Software Investment Protection Policy provides Avaya customers
with existing UC and contact center licenses who are upgrading to Aura
solutions-including the Branch and Midsize Enterprise solutions-with
entitlements to cost savings in two ways: Under existing software subscription
contracts, customers can upgrade to current, like-for-like licenses at no
charge, while customers without subscription contracts can save between 25 and
80 percent on standard Avaya Aura upgrade pricing.