Avaya Introduces Collaboration-Ready Ethernet Switches

Avaya has announced an updated portfolio of future-ready Ethernet switches that will bring the capabilities of Avaya’s Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) to the edge of the campus network.

The new additions to the Avaya Ethernet Routing Switch (ERS) 4000 portfolio are designed to help enterprises optimise networks for communication and collaboration, and simplify the convergence of voice, video and data communications. Avaya says the switched offer true plug and play capabilities for IP phones; more power and faster data rates, through support for standard and enhanced Power over Ethernet (PoE and PoE+) and small form-factor pluggable (SFP/SFP+); and centralised authentication for all users and devices on the network—including support for “bring your own device” (BYOD) strategies—when used in conjunction with Avaya Identity Engines.

Avaya adds that the ERS 4000 Series can handle up to five times more traffic, consumes up to 50 percent less energy, and provides a total cost of ownership that is up to 50 percent lower than competing solutions. Avaya Energy Saver functionality offers an additional 25 percent power savings by ‘dimming’ the network during off-peak hours. Avaya ERS 4000 switches feature high-performance Stackable Chassis technology, which delivers up to 384Gbps of virtual backplane throughput as the stack grows and new units are added. They also offer a virtual hot-swap capability that enables units to be replaced quickly and easily without impacting live traffic—simplifying edge operations and ensuring that the network always stays on.

Steve Bandrowczak, vice president and general manager, Avaya Networking commented, “Enterprises want data networking solutions that they can forget about. Solutions that make it effortless for them to connect new IP phones, secure new devices and users, and add more capacity. Avaya’s collaboration-ready ERS 4800 switches deliver these features to enterprises today. They also provide support for advanced Avaya VENA capabilities like network virtualisation and wireless integration that will allow enterprises to simplify their networks and the deployment of next-generation applications and services in the future.”