Avaya has taken to the cloud with its latest mid-market unified communications offerings. Powered by Avaya IP Office and OnAvaya- Google Cloud Platform aim won't be sold directly to businesses, but instead will be sold through partners worldwide.
By many accounts, unified communications is finally finding success in all levels of business.
Voice and telepresence are both suffering as vendor revenue in those areas continues to decline, but other enterprise infrastructure areas are growing. New research from Synergy Research Group shows that wireless LAN infrastructure products are growing the fastest – something that comes as little surprise as more enterprises roll out Wi-Fi deployments with the latest 802.11 technologies.
Maybe these names will come as little surprise when leaders of the enterprise networking space are discussed, but it appears that Brocade, Cisco, HP and Huawei are leading the market. That's according to a new IHS report that analyzed the top six revenue producers in the space.
A new IDC report ranks Cisco, Microsoft and Avaya as global UC&C leaders in 2015.
Another piece has fallen into place in Avaya's software-defined networking and software-defined data center strategy. The company is beginning to collaborate with data center services provider Steel ORCA to build a SDDC offering based on Avaya Fabric Connect.
Avaya is taking aim at mid-size enterprises with the release of what it's calling the Collaboration Pod 2400 series. The new all-in-one unified communications and contact center product includes pre-integrated networking, compute and storage. So basically, it's an all-in-one box for UC and collaboration.
Although the hype may at times indicate otherwise, the adoption of software defined networking is more of an evolution rather than a revolution.
Avaya is rounding out its software-defined networking and Internet of Things strategies a bit more with the release of new stackable switches.
If you feel the promises of unified communications set out more than a decade ago have been a letdown, then you're not alone. Avaya CEO Kevin Kennedy recently told Information Age that unified communications is the promise that has not delivered.