Avaya completes SDN fabric deployment at DFM

Solution to support sub-second failover, multisite redundancy for Dubai stock exchange

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Avaya completes SDN fabric deployment at DFM Mohammed Areff, left, vice president, Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, Avaya, and Hassan Abdulrahman Al Serkal, executive VP, chief operations officer, and head of the Operations Division at Dubai Financial Market.
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 1, 2015

Network infrastructure specialist Avaya today announced that it has finished installation of its SDN (software-defined networking) FX fabric technology in UAE-based stock exchange Dubai Financial Market (DFM).

According to Avaya, the exchange selected the solution for "its ability to effectively and efficiently cater to day-to-day needs, while also offering the convenience of scalability".

Hassan Abdulrahman Al Serkal, executive VP, chief operations officer, and head of the Operations Division at Dubai Financial Market, said: "Avaya has been selected as our strategic networking partner as it [was able to provide] a stable network solution that is powerful enough to exceed our current requirements as well as guaranteeing a simple and efficient business-continuity setup. Scalability is an especially important consideration for us given the cyclical nature of financial markets, and Avaya's SDN FX enables us to expand the network we already have, encompassing any potential business requirements without the need for costly replacements."

The Avaya solution for DFM's infrastructure covers four locations, including its main site and a disaster-recovery site. The installation also includes connectivity to the Abu Dhabi Security Exchange and to BT-London data centres. Intermediate distribution frame (IDF) locations are spread throughout DFM to provide data and voice connectivity at each desk. The IDFs contain stacks of Avaya edge switches to connect to production and test environments.

"A business environment such as DFM's calls for a superior degree of business continuity, which is crucial to avoid service interruption that could mean money lost," said Mohammed Areff, vice president, Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, Avaya. "Avaya's SDN FX architecture specialises in multi-site virtualisation for sub-second failover and mobility of resources between sites."

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