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May 03, 2012

AVAYA News - Avaya Collaborative Cloud Adopted by More Colleges, Universities

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Avaya (News - Alert) claimed that more colleges and universities are deploying its Avaya Collaborative Cloud solutions to enhance the education experience and connect students, faculty and experts from anywhere. Its technology is instrumental in expanding the reach and range of collaborative learning opportunities in higher education and for students globally.

Avaya explained that its Collaborative Cloud framework lets organizations use, build, deliver and enhance cloud communication services and applications to transform how people work together. The Avaya Collaborative Cloud is a session-based architecture that unites people, resources and processes to streamline communications, improve customer experiences and deliver high impact business results – allowing businesses of all sizes to reduce costs and complexity in collaboration.

Technology-based solutions from Avaya and its partners are supposedly helping higher education institutions streamline and improve campus communications and IT infrastructure, and build new kinds of learning environments that fit into the changing needs of students and faculty.

The AvayaLive Engage, for instance, is a new immersive Web collaboration tool that provides new ways to meet, sell and learn, and is being deployed by colleges and universities in order to realize a unique cloud-based 3D learning environment. The tool is a personalized online meeting space where people can fluidly and intuitively move between individual, small team and large group conversations. It connects participants from around the globe in collaboration sessions featuring 3D visuals, video and spatial audio.

Temple University, one of the institutions that adopted Avaya solutions acknowledged that it has redundant Avaya VSP9000s that actively work together. If one goes down, the other one can carry the full load without any impact to users. It can take a whole series of these core switches down, run updates on them and reboot them. This allows the university to upgrade without having to bring the network down.

“Networks designed for best-efforts traffic such as email and Internet is no longer adequate for education. With rich multimedia content, high-stakes online assessments, video, BYOD, cloud computing and the real-time movement of virtual machines, education technology leaders now realize the need for networks with much lower latency and guaranteed delivery to underpin always-on learning,” stated Marc Randall (News - Alert), SVP & GM of Avaya Networking.

Edited by Braden Becker

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