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Avaya Offers New Base for Networked Data Centers

April 24, 2017

The data center has rapidly become one of the leading powers in the information technology (IT) market. Its sheer capability has made it an indispensable tool of choice for large-scale operations the world over. Recently, Avaya brought out a new contribution to the data center market, offering a complete framework option for helping businesses address the various difficulties inherent in a data center operation.

Avaya's new offering is a complete framework for what's known as the Everywhere Data Center operation, bringing together a set of new tools to make such an operation easier. Two of the biggest elements of this network advance were the Avaya Pivot operating platform and the Avaya Arc, an orchestration engine that, when coupled with the Pivot, should add some significant new capability to data center operations. Plus, Avaya also brought out a new Ethernet switch in the VSP 8600, itself engineered to work particularly well with the Pivot and Arc systems.

With Pivot, users can bring out virtualized network functions (VNFs) quickly and easily, anywhere in the network. This means a significant new level of capability, and when Arc gets involved, it only improves. Since Arc has the ability to chain together these various VNFs into complete services, that makes these more useful for the overall network, and thus, more valuable. It becomes possible to offer complete network virtualization packages, firewall options, quality of service (QoS) applications and more.

Throw in the VSP 8600 switch—specifically designed to work with Everywhere Data Center operations—and the whole package means a fairly

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complete basis to work from. Since the VSP 8600 allows for hyper-segmentation, along with better elasticity and flexibility, it helps improve overall network performance and gives the user a better experience.

That's great news for the data center, and by extension, for everyone who uses a data center. Given how much this system has come into vogue recently, being able to put data centers to use more effectively should provide value all along the spectrum, and give users ever more reason to turn to this technology. Improved network operations mean faster connections, better user experiences, happier customers and more value overall. With Avaya providing a new system to make all this even more possible than before, it's a safe bet Avaya will come out with a lot of new data center customers.

Providing value at several points on the spectrum means that Avaya is likely to have a winner with its new tripartite system, delivering value to the data center, the network, and to itself as well.

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