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May 28, 2010
Avaya's Hackney Reviews Four New Platform Announcements

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

(Editor’s Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop (News - Alert) 2010. To view TMCnet’s entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.)

At Interop 2010 in Las Vegas TMC’s (News - Alert) CEO, Rich Tehrani, interviewed the President of the Data and Government Solutions for Avaya, Joel Hackney, who one year ago was with Nortel before Avaya acquired the company.

“One year can make a big difference,” Hackney said, smiling, as he said Avaya (News - Alert) has announced some new products at the show “around three main problems.”

He identified those issues as helping customers with mobility challenges, cost challenges and data explosion problems. Hackney then went through some of the product announcement the company had made at the show.

Hackney identified them as four major platforms they’ve announced at the show: Next-generation data center, the 8800, which “brings a whole new level of virtualization and services, resilience and reliability.”

They also have a complete next-generation wireless strategy. “We’re actually bringing a split-plane architecture, which brings 70 to 80 percent cost advantages to the overlay approach of the standard wireless technologies today.”

Avaya also announced an integrated branch product at the show, “where we can provide customers with a real entry point and let them scale. What we mean by that, if a customer wants SIP-survivable in the branch, they can get that and add data services later. He said customers have been saying they want “pay as you go,” and we do that and bring full routing capabilities into the branch.

And the fourth platform, he said, was really a unified management software, adding that Avaya is really “the only vendor in the marketplace that does wireless and wired, voice and data, Avaya and third-party products.”

View the full video interview below (Apple (News - Alert) users click here):

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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