Avaya Platform Offers Cloud-Based Wired, Wireless Network Support
The Avaya Cloud Networking Platform will make the deployment and management of increasingly complex networks simpler and cost-effective.Avaya is introducing a new platform that lets enterprises and midsize businesses deploy and manage their wired and wireless networks through the cloud. At the IP Expo show in London this week, Avaya officials unveiled the Avaya Cloud Networking Platform, which gives customers a centralized resource to more easily manage and gain visibility into their network infrastructures without having to deal with controller appliances or overlay management software. The changing nature of the business world—more distributed and more digital—is putting greater demands on network infrastructures to be more dynamic and easier to manage. A cloud-based offering brings more simplicity to an increasingly complex space and enables easier management of both wired and wireless network infrastructures, according to Jean Turgeon, chief technologist at Avaya Networking. "As the demand for unified access solutions continues to grow, the burden of managing and securing networks has become nearly untenable, especially at a time when there's pressure to reduce IT budgets and resources," Turgeon said in a statement, adding that the company's Cloud Networking Platform is designed to offer both a cost-effective and secure solution.
Businesses not only are giving more attention to cloud-based solutions, but also are looking for more unified offerings that can manage both wired and wireless networks. The demand for more unified wired and wireless infrastructures is helping drive deals in the networking industry, such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise's $3 billion acquisition last year of Aruba Networks, Brocade's $1.2 billion deal to buy Ruckus Wireless and Extreme Networks' decision to grab Zebra Technologies' wireless LAN business for $55 million.