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July 31, 2012

AVAYA News - Gartner Magic Quadrant Report Positions Avaya as a Visionary for LAN Access Infrastructure

By David Gitonga, TMCnet Contributing Writer

The Gartner 2012 Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure report is out and Avaya (News - Alert) has been positioned as a Visionary in the findings. Avaya, a company specializing in business collaboration and communication solutions, has seen its VENA (Avaya’s Enterprise Network Architecture) virtualization solution being taken up by many organizations as the market demand for unified wired and wireless access solutions grows.

The Magic Quadrant reflects growing demand for unified wired and wireless access solutions and with the increasing appetite for mobility, such phenomena as the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), have become more commonplace as enterprises seek unified offerings to deliver seamless experiences to users regardless of how they are connected to the network while at the same time reducing the wired and wireless infrastructure overlay costs and inefficiencies. With the VENA offering, Avaya helps organizations simplify the design and management of their networks while streamlining cloud-based service deployments and improvement of always-on content and applications.

The Gartner (News - Alert) report evaluates vendors’ execution abilities and completeness of their visions, and according to Gartner, “a vendor in the Visionaries quadrant has demonstrated the ability to increase the features in its offering to provide a unique and differentiated approach to the market. A visionary will have innovated in one or more key area of access layer technologies (e.g., convergence, security, management or operational efficiency).”

The report also showed the influences affecting the buying behavior at the edge of the network. These include: increased mobility, reduced IT budgets and limited IT resources. Mobility requirements, for example, are changing how networks look at the edge and as a result, enterprises are deploying fewer switching ports which have, in turn, seen the emergence of a single buying decision for wired and wireless connectivity at the edge of the network.

With most enterprises building networks with specific goals and applications in mind, less IT resources are being used to manage these changes. According to the VP and GM for Avaya Networking, “Avaya provides customers with the solutions they need to accelerate collaboration, simplify mobility and deliver the functionality that users and businesses count on- wired, wirelessly and across the network.”

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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