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July 25, 2012

AVAYA News - Avaya IP Office 8.1 Provides BYOD Security and More

By Robbie Pleasant, TMCnet Contributor

BYOD is on the rise, which is good for employees, but a source of frustration for IT staff, which have to continually add safeguards and control for personal devices. Fortunately for them, Avaya’s (News - Alert) IP Office 8.1 is here. With enhanced security features, IP Office 8.1 is designed to make BYOD safer and less of a hassle.

There are quite a few ways in which IP Office 8.1 can be of use for the business with a BYOD policy. IT managers can set and control user permissions, while monitoring and accessing patches and upgrades remotely. With the Avaya Session Border Control, users get the added security of a firewall that can block DOS attacks and toll fraud, along with the provided encryption capabilities.

Also included are upgrades to its range of users, from 384 to 1,000, and enhanced networking for users. There’s also the Avaya Flare Communicator mobility application, providing quality calling and presence on iPads or PCs. It can be purchased in the server edition, which requires no hardware, using gateways to connect standard servers to support UC tools; or a version that runs on Avaya hardware, enabling the UC tools without requiring any gateways.

"With the bar raised on all aspects of business mobility, security and management, Avaya is bringing its innovation to the forefront of the SME space – and extending it further into the mid-market,” says Mark Monday, VP of Collaboration Platforms at Avaya. “Avaya IP Office 8.1 introduces new capabilities that help our customers and partners succeed in a shifting collaboration landscape, while ensuring they have the capacity to meet expanding communications needs."

There are many benefits to BYOD, such as reduced costs on individual devices, and the often-overlooked employee comfort - people can get attached to their device of choice, and if they’re adept at using one device, it seems unnecessary to make them learn to use another. Still, there are some issues that are still being addressed. Security is key among them, and Avaya seems to be addressing that problem nicely. Is it the solution that will make BYOD perfect for businesses and IT managers? No, but it’s a great step in that direction.

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Robert Pleasant is a writer for TMCnet, covering new news in the world of technology and communications. A graduate from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Literature, Robert has been writing for years, but has only recently had his reports start appearing on websites such as TMCnet and UCStrategies.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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