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.
Every networking vendor is starting to provide details on its software-defined networking strategy--whatever that particular strategy might be.
Every vendor and their mother wants to claim dominance in the fledgling software-defined networking market. Avaya is the latest to make the claim with the launch of its new Open SDN Fx architecture, which is tied into the OpenDaylight, OpenStack and OpenFlow open source projects.
Remember several years ago when telepresence rooms were all the rage? Looks like the good days for companies like Cisco, Polycom and Avaya are long over.
For the critical part of its unified communications service--its support--Avaya is now trusting HP to handle that part for itself, and is actually giving HP the personnel to do it.