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Avaya unveils end-to-end cloud networking platform

Cloud Networking Platform provides IT with a unified cloud management solution for wired and wireless networks

Avaya unveils end-to-end cloud networking platform
Demand for unified access solutions continues to grow, while pressure builds on IT to reduce budgets, says Maan.

Avaya has unveiled a complete network lifecycle management solution for enterprise and mid-size businesses.

The Avaya Cloud Networking Platform delivers a unified solution for deploying and managing wired and wireless networks with complete control and visibility anywhere, anytime.

According to industry analysts, cloud managed models are growing rapidly, with cloud-managed Wi-Fi is growing at twice the rate of Wi-Fi deployments. In addition, businesses are increasingly seeking a unified solution that can manage both wireless and wired networks.

Avaya Cloud Networking provides IT professionals with centralised management, visibility, and control over their network without the complexity of controller appliances or overlay management software. Hardware such as switches and access points installed on a customer premises are configured and managed in the cloud. IT managers can easily add, change, or modify network services from an easy to use dashboard to meet rapidly evolving business needs.

The Avaya Cloud Networking Platform delivers a simpler solution that allows enterprise-grade wireless and wired networks to be deployed and administered with minimal resources:

- Zero-touch activation of new access points and switches along with automated software up-dates and simplified license management relieves IT of some of their biggest operational bur-dens. An integrated Guest Portal and BYOD on-boarding capability further improves operations.

- Enhanced security addresses customers’ concerns on data privacy, regulatory needs and alignment with business policies. The multi-tenant platform provides data isolation among different cloud tenants. All communications are fully encrypted, with user traffic remaining on the firewall protected LAN and cloud connectivity only required for out of band management functionality.

- Service availability is guaranteed with data centre redundancy and data replication. Wireless APs act autonomously even when the cloud connection is lost. Traffic and security is processed directly at the network edge in each AP.

- Scalability supporting thousands of network devices ensures current and future needs can be accommodated. Multi-tenant support and the flexibility of a SaaS solution allows for easy scaling to support subscription based pay as you grow model.

Avaya channel partners can offer the Avaya Cloud Networking Platform to customers, expanding their portfolio with cloud-managed services. Pricing for the cloud networking management service is on a subscription basis; hardware is priced separately. The Avaya Cloud Networking Platform will be generally available globally with support for wireless in November 2016 and support for wired networks coming in a follow-on release.

Maan Al-Shakarchi, head of networking in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific, Avaya said, “As the demand for unified access solutions continues to grow, the burden of managing and securing networks has become nearly untenable - especially at a time when there’s pressure to reduce IT budgets and resources. The Avaya Cloud Networking Platform provides the much needed relief with a highly-secure, cost-effective solution that fits any size business.”

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