Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Cloud Computing
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Avaya Aims To End Network Waiting Game
Avaya Aims To End Network Waiting Game

By Jennifer LeClaire
April 2, 2014 12:58PM

    Bookmark and Share
Can Avaya’s networking portfolio eliminate the need for maintenance windows most traditional networks require? The company says yes because Avaya Fabric Connect automatically configures the distribution and core switches so IT personnel only have to configure edge devices.
 



If your IT department has faced painful delays in efforts to improve networks and systems that enhance business operations, you’re not alone. And Avaya has heard your plaintive cries.

A recent Avaya survey reveals these network complexities and delays are having a negative impact on most businesses. In response, the company is making moves to end what it is calling the “network waiting game.”

Specifically, Avaya said it has “dramatically simplified” network infrastructures with Fabric Connect technology driving Automated Campus, which now extends to the wireless edge thanks to the company’s new series of Wireless LAN solutions.

"Previously we needed six weeks for network changes,” said Albert Knoll, Network Operations Manage of Fujitsu Technology Solutions, about its recent implementation of Avaya Fabric Connect. “Today we can implement them in days."

Mitigating Risk

That’s a big improvement, to put it mildly. So what’s behind the innovation? Avaya credits its approach. The company is supporting the next generation Wi-Fi standard -- 802.11ac -- which it says makes it possible for its Wireless LAN 9100 Series to slash waiting time by offering faster gigabit Wi-Fi throughput.

The WLAN 9100 Application Control feature recognizes over 1,000 of the most popular business and personal applications. The technology also empowers admins to create granular policies, such as restricting, blocking or prioritizing specific apps so that business-critical applications come first.

"We find that IT departments go to impressive measures to mitigate risk,” said Marc Randall, senior vice president and general manager at Avaya Networking. “The 'maintenance window' model of the '80s is methodical and precise. We have no issue with the process, but what we have done is remove the reason for the model."

No More Maintenance Windows?

The Avaya survey also revealed that companies wait nearly a month -- which is most of the maintenance window -- before they can drive major improvements to business systems. When you consider most businesses make about 10 changes each year, that means companies are waiting up to nine months for improvements that could spur growth, drive productivity, and improve overall business analysis.

Can Avaya’s networking portfolio eliminate the need for maintenance windows most traditional networks require? The company says yes.

According to the company, here’s how: Avaya Fabric Connect automatically configures the distribution and core switches. That means IT personnel only need to configure edge devices. And, again, Avaya's Fabric Connect now extends to the new Wireless LAN 9100 series, which the company said makes possible zero-touch provisioning of access points and edge-only provisioning of services.

"With many wireless infrastructure solutions, the actual applications that users are running over the network are invisible to IT,” said Alan Hase, vice president of Unified Access and Identity Solutions. “However, this information is critical to profiling and managing network usage. Avaya WLAN 9100 allows IT administrators to apply application-specific policies to manage network performance and security. The end result is a high quality user experience."

Avaya has deployed Fabric Connect to many of its largest customers. The technology is also serving as the backbone for its third InteropNet, the technological backbone of the Interop conferences in Las Vegas and New York. Pricing and general availability was not included in the company’s announcement.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:





 Cloud Computing
1.   Microsoft, IBM Cloud Catching AWS
2.   Yammer Moved to Office 365
3.   IBM, California Partner in the Cloud
4.   Dropbox for Business Boosts Security
5.   Avaya Pressing Hard on Cloud-Based UC


advertisement
Amazon Intros Zocalo Storage Service
Online storage and sharing for business.
Average Rating:
Avaya Pressing Hard on Cloud-Based UC
Provides easier, faster provisioning.
Average Rating:
Cisco Woos More Devs with DevNet
To create new network-aware apps.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
T-Mobile Calls 'BS' on AT&T's New Promotion
While Verizon Wireless is moving to throttle bandwidth hogs, a scrappy T-Mobile is taking on the giants with a limited-time promotion it hopes will drive up the churn rates of its wireless rivals.
 
Microsoft Update to Windows Phone 8.1 Already Coming
An update to Windows Phone 8.1 is on the way just weeks after the release of the product itself. Microsoft has begun detailing some of the update features to phone manufacturers.
 
Stanford Researchers Report Battery Breakthrough
Stanford researchers have found a way to use lithium in a battery's anode, a breakthrough that could triple capacity and has been described as the "holy grail of battery science."
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.