Simplifying Video Collaboration for Everyone (Part 1)

Avaya made a number of important announcements at the Avaya Evolutions event in San Francisco about its Unified Communications and Collaboration portfolio. The press release is available here, but the purpose of this blog is it to offer some perspective on the announcements, particularly as they relate to the Scopia® video products.  

Avaya is driving toward enabling the mobile enterprise with easy-to-use, open collaboration solutions that work anywhere, anytime.

For the sake of clarity, it makes sense to break the announcements down into two categories: unified communications (UC) and video conferencing. Avaya provides the best of both worlds when it comes to UC and video. Some of the most exciting announcements have to do with the excellent progress Avaya towards the integration of these two worlds: For example, Scopia interoperability with Avaya Aura and integration with Avaya IP Office, the Scopia Gateway,and Avaya Client Applications (ACA) for Microsoft Lync.

The reality is that most businesses today have two separate networks—newer UC SIP-based technologies and separate H.323-based video networks. The good news is that Avaya offers investment protection regardless of which migration path a customer is pursuing—whether it’s moving from video to fully integrated UC or adding video to its existing UC solution. With this in mind, here’s a recap of the news for Unified Communications, we’ll tackle video conferencing separately (for pricing and availability, refer to the press release):

Unified Communications

  • Avaya announced that Avaya Aura® Conferencing with Avaya Flare Experiencewill now incorporate video conferencing capabilities. Avaya already had video on the Avaya Desktop Video Device (ADVD), and is now expanding it to Apple iPad, Windows PCs, tablets, and smartphones. But wait… there’s more… the cost per user remains unchanged when you add video to your Avaya Aura session. We think that’s pretty cool. And because Aura is a distributed SVC-based switched architecture for very high scale video collaboration, it utilizes up to 25 percent less bandwidth than solutions from other vendors.   
  • Avaya also announced the Avaya Client Applications (ACA)with Microsoft Lync, Outlook and Office integration.  ACA basically adds an overlay to Microsoft Lync and other systems, which enables customers to use their preferred user interface while connecting various platforms for point-to-point and multipoint video as well as other applications.

In summary, Avaya is enhancing its collaboration portfolio to simplify video conferencing, making it easy for people to collaborate by video virtually anywhere, anytime, using any device and over any platform.

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About Vic Levinson
Telecommunications and IT professional with over 20 years experience in Business Telecommunications. Specializing in voice over IP (VoIP) for business: hosted VoIP, business VoIP phone systems, SIP providers, carriers, T1's - the works. Founded Prime Telecommunications in 1993 and providing business communications solutions. Cloud Applications- everything from hosted network security, hosted Disaster Recovery, hosted printer management, data centers and colocation solutions for businesses.

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