Avaya Goes After Cisco With New Ethernet Switches

November 17, 2011: Avaya is updating its Ethernet switch portfolio with six new models designed to bring the capabilities of its Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) to the edge of the campus network. The additions to the Ethernet Routing Switch (ERS) 4000 portfolio offer plug-and-play capabilities for IP phones, quality of service (QoS) management, and support for both standard and enhanced Power over Ethernet (PoE and PoE+). The company says its Stackable Chassis technology can handle almost three times more traffic than competing solutions while consuming 36% less energy and offering a 40% lower total cost of ownership. An additional 25% to 40% power savings, without traffic interruption, can be achieved by “dimming” the network during off-peak hours with its Energy Saver functionality.

The new switches are another chapter in its VENA strategy, says Avaya, offering both tactical and strategic advantages. Tactically, the switches allow the company to compete better in the enterprise, and strategically, the use of its chipsets future-proofs the products, allowing the addition of capabilities such as virtualization and extending the life of the switches to seven to 10 years.

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Author: Steve Wexler

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