Avaya and Juniper Networks Extend Alliance

Avaya and Juniper Networks are planning to integrate Avaya’s IP voice gateway and intelligent communications applications with Juniper’s new J4350 and J6350 J-series enterprise branch routers. The integrated branch networking offering is part of the companies’ joint strategy to provide communications solutions for enterprise branch and remote offices.

Since announcing the alliance last year, the companies have collaborated on a variety of efforts to create VoIP-aware product capabilities. This is the first completely integrated solution from Avaya and Juniper that involved joint product engineering and software development by both companies.

“We are seeing a consistent trend towards the enterprise wanting more functionality combined with fewer ‘boxes’ in the branch to reduce cost and complexity,” said Irwin Lazar, principal analyst and program director, convergence and collaboration, Nemertes Research. “The tightly integrated solution from Avaya and Juniper, which is a natural continuation of the companies’ relationship, addresses this trend in delivering communications to branch offices. It’s very well positioned to serve the expanding branch office market and support critical features including business continuity.”

The new J4350 and J6350 J-series enterprise routers are IP telephony-ready, enabling customers the flexibility to extend and enhance their branch office data networking with voice capabilities at their path, pace and choice. Juniper’s new J-series routers can be configured with Avaya’s new IG550 – an integrated media gateway with a number of telephony interface modules. The combined offer will provide enterprise remote and branch offices with Gigabit Ethernet routing performance and integrated IP telephony functions.

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