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August 28, 2012

AVAYA News - Avaya's Collaboration Pods to Remove Complexity from Desktop Management

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

Today’s organizations live by just one mantra: reduce the complexity of their IT environments, simplify desktop management, reduce costs and make infrastructure more secure. So many will more than welcome turnkey solutions from Avaya (News - Alert) that promise to accelerate the roll-out of virtual desktops to users.

The new portfolio, Avaya Collaboration Pods, will include storage arrays from EMC (News - Alert), VMware vCenter and VMware View from VMware, and networking, management, communications applications and integration from Avaya.

According to Rick Froehlich, senior vice president of OEM at EMC Corporation (News - Alert), by embedding EMC's management and storage arrays, enterprise customers would find it easier to store, manage, protect and analyze valuable information from all sources.

And VMware vCenter and VMware View from VMware, apart from helping create a virtual desktop infrastructure, will provide enterprises a common interface to manage everything – from application to network devices.

Avaya Collaboration Pods will be available in several packaged configurations, which include the Avaya virtual services platform VSP 7000 to cater to a range of business needs. By delivering solutions in a pre -tested, pre-configured bundle, Avaya's VDI Pod will ensure that desktop virtualization is a breeze.

The turnkey solutions will also deliver new levels of performance for data center applications, reducing deployment time for new cloud-based applications and reportedly enabling Avaya to simplify and streamline real-time communications and collaboration environments.

In addition, Avaya Collaboration Pods will also help cloud providers, especially the smaller ones, to streamline delivery of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or Communications-as-a-Service (CaaS), thus enabling faster time to revenue.

With enterprises being able to quickly and easily deploy virtualized applications, the cost and complexity of desktop management is expected to drop.

TMCnet reported Avaya’s IP Office 8.1 will help IT managers to 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.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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