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Avaya Introduces Virtual Networking Architecture

Avaya has launched a data networking architecture aimed at assisting enterprises utilizing virtualization and other collaborative technologies to meet the growing demand for new content and business collaboration applications in and between data centers and campuses.

Announced Wednesday, Avaya claims that VENA (Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture) reduces costs and improves time to service between application servers and end users by more efficiently optimizing network connections. VENA essentially delivers an end-to-end connection from the desktop to the data center.

"No one else can offer this level of simplicity around virtualization and collaboration," said Steve Bandrowczak, vice president and general manager of Avaya Data Solutions, in a statement. The new architecture draws on an existing partnership with VMware and introduces new solutions into the VENA mix from converged networking pacesetter QLogic as well as Coraid, an industry leader in converged Ethernet SAN storage. Also involved in the VENA mix is Silver Peak Systems, a major player in data center WAN optimization. By simplifying provisioning and policy configurations, VENA is designed also to reduce risks for CIOs as network re-designs are reduced and new streamlined tools for network management are developed.

Also on Wednesday, Avaya announced that William Seifert, a longtime networking executive and entrepreneur, has been appointed chief technology officer for Avaya Data Solutions. Reporting to Bandrowczak, Seifert most recently was a general partner at Prism VentureWorks where he focused on next-generation technology investments.

Seifert said the Avaya Virtual Services Platform 9000 is shipping this month with "all of the VENA features. The 8600/8800 VENA software released is scheduled to be delivered in February, 2011." Seifert, also the founder of Agile Networks, noted that the VSP 9000 was acquired by Avaya in its acquisition of Nortel Networks' enterprise solutions unit several months ago.