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March 28, 2012

AVAYA News - Avaya Powers Cloud-based Collaboration with New Solutions Suite AvayaLive

By Kerry Doyle, Contributing Writer

When it comes to enabling collaborations in the workplace, there is nothing more important to the health and success of companies around the globe. The onset of the 24/7 business cycle has required the broad consolidation of communication tools. To better accommodate businesses and users, desktop handsets, voicemail, fax, email, IM, conferencing, and computing devices now require a single-point of access. By integrating all these tools, it becomes easier for IT to manage them. In some respects, IT is simply trying to keep up with the breadth and speed of the changes. As companies further integrate social media, it will become IT’s responsibility to help create policies that spearhead and guide this movement.

Avaya, a today unveiled the Collaborative Cloud, a strategic framework for delivering communications and collaboration applications and services to businesses through public, private and hybrid cloud models. The new AvayaLive(TM) suite of solutions includes AvayaLive Connect and AvayaLive Engage which provides unique, public cloud-based collaboration applications. Effective collaboration can make the difference between project success and failure. It requires an ability to manage relations between different groups, communicate technical requirements, and integrate solutions into successful outcomes. The announcement highlights Avaya's commitment to bringing The Power of We(TM) to every Avaya customer, helping businesses drive faster collaboration, smarter decisions and better business results. global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions,

According to Brett Shockley, senior vice president and general manager, Applications and Emerging Technologies, Avaya (News - Alert), "The Collaborative Cloud formalizes Avaya's cloud strategy. It expands our current portfolio of cloud-based solutions to encompass new offers from the public cloud. Over the year, we will continue building new cloud-based solutions in a variety of highly flexible delivery models, enabling our customers and partners to access, utilize and extend the value of Avaya's applications, platforms and infrastructure." The new AvayaLive suite of solutions includes AvayaLive Connect, AvayaLive Engage, support for Apple (News - Alert) Mac OSX operating systems, video collaboration and conferencing as well as enhanced collaboration tools.

A crucial skill for achieving success in businesses requires innovation which relates to creativity and represents an ability to take risks. It also is important to question pre-conceived ideas/concepts, to think “outside of the box,” and to see the bigger picture. Each of these aspects are served through the Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) and Avaya Aura as the foundation. Avaya VENA enables enterprises or hosting companies to deploy a standards-based private cloud infrastructure that can be extended enterprise-wide from the data center all the way to the desktop and enable those outside the box collaborations. Working with companies like Orix Rentec will enable the Avaya Flare Experience Cloud Service, one of the world's first services, to provide the Avaya Flare Experience as a cloud-based offer.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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