Avaya Announces SDN Fc Architecture

Avaya has announced an addition to the company’s SDN Fx architecture to help bring businesses one step closer to enabling Unified Access and the Internet of Things – minus the disruption found in many major technology transitions. A new line of next-generation, premium stackable Ethernet switches, the ERS 5900 series, optimized for Avaya Fabric Connect, allows companies to support new and emerging technologies as well as existing ones.

According to a recent global Avaya survey, 88 percent of respondents expect to put SDN into production at some point in the future, with the average timeline of approximately 1.6 years. Nearly 45 percent of respondents didn’t have a specific timeframe for deployment; however, 89 percent of C-level executives said that SDN deployment needs to be simple for them to consider adoption.

The Avaya SDN Fx architecture is the first to deliver automation and programmability from the network core to the user edge, providing “connect anything, anywhere” simplicity. An ideal foundation on which to build Internet of Everything strategies, this extensibility makes it much easier to accommodate and configure the escalating number of intelligent devices and users at the edge that need to be connected.

“The clock is ticking for businesses that want a competitive edge through greater network agility. By some estimates, it’s expected that nearly 25 billion devices will be connected to the network in just four short years. That could mean massive complexity unless a company or organization has implemented a powerful, simplified SDN foundation such as the Avaya’s SDN Fx architecture. The ERS 5900 takes a major step towards delivering the simplicity and transitional ability needed as Unified Access for the Internet of Things moves into full force.”
Alan Hase, vice president, Unified Access, Avaya Networking.

“We are working with a number of customers who either have or are in the process of implementing Avaya Fabric Connect as the logical path to an end-to-end SDN network. The ERS 5900 will help them easily bridge their existing operations into their plans for the future, while providing cost savings from more efficient utilization of energy and new security capabilities to help ward off emerging threats to network operations.” David Rafferty, vice president, IPC.

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