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Avaya Bundles Cloud Collaboration Tools into New 'Pod'


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Avaya, a provider of business communications solutions, announced a bundled toolset designed to help deploy real-time virtualized communication and collaboration applications for public and private clouds. The Avaya Collaboration Pod for Avaya Aura Virtualized Environments is intended to provide enterprises and cloud service providers with a full stack, plug-and-play communications and collaboration solution that can be rapidly deployed.

In addition, Avaya also introduced new management orchestration capabilities to simplify ongoing operation of the Avaya Collaboration Pod. Each “pod” includes VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0-compliant compute servers deployed in a High Availability Cluster, as well as EMC’s VNX 5300 storage array to support storage area networking.

“Avaya Collaboration Pods are already proving their value to enterprises and cloud service providers who are accelerating time to service, reducing data center complexity and improving application availability,” says Marc Randall, senior vice president and general manager of Avaya Networking. “Working with EMC and VMware, this turnkey deployment model for  Avaya Aura continues Avaya’s strategy to provide high performance communications and collaboration applications that are easy to deploy, use and manage from data center to desktop and mobile devices.”

The pods are intended to help reduce or eliminate long planning cycles, extensive cabling, integration testing and optimization phases. The newly introduced Pod Orchestration Suite simplifies ongoing operations through a single interface for managing all Pod components.

The pods also include Avaya’s VSP 7000, with distributed “top-of-rack” capability for interconnecting multiple Collaboration Pods and/or external server racks, and Avaya G450 Gateway for Digital Signal Processing/PSTN connectivity.

For more information, visit www.avaya.com


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