Targeted for non-IT personnel, this card deck-sized appliance automatically provisions a QoS-customized virtual path across the network that mitigates security risks, allowing simple, powerful management of thousands of devices.
Another feature is the Fabric Orchestrator.
Avaya claims it is the first SDN controller embedded in a unified management instance.
The appliance manages and orchestrates the Ethernet fabric as well as provides SDN Control to north and south bound interfaces. SDN capabilities include OpenFlow, OpenDaylight and OpenStack.
The Fabric Extend feature is a new capability in Avaya Fabric Connect enables the extensibility of Fabric networking across any IP based network without loss of functionality.
Investments in existing networking technologies are preserved while interconnecting strategic deployments of Fabric Connect across data centers, campuses and branches. The architecture can support a wide range of use cases, such as supporting the security and mobility of devices connecting to the ever-growing Internet of Things.
Environments such as those found in hospitals, manufacturing floors and casinos are blanketed with devices that require a more secure, mobile connection to the network, and may also require that the rest of the network is better protected from potential threats that could be triggered by them.
Similarly, home-based contact centre agents pose an expense and operational burden by requiring dedicated resources to provide more secure access to customer information and alignment with IT security policies.
With the Avaya SDN Fx architecture, a small network adapter provides automated and dynamic connectivity, mobility and a level of security to the network based on the device or user identity.
The adapter will be reset and disabled if removed from the environment. This removes the burden of installation from IT, as end users can simply connect the adapters and allow the automated process to fully configure the device. Avaya networking, senior vice president and general manager, Marc Randall, said CIOs were unnecessarily overburdened by archaic networks and frustrated by the disparity between the promised results of new technologies and the reality that most vendors deliver.
"There's a better way: Avaya Fabric Connect already relieves 75[i] percent of the top network issues identified by IT departments, and we're building on that with SDN Fx," he said.
"This is the foundation that accelerates deployment and improves performance of customer and team engagement solution and that the industry has been demanding. Avaya can deliver it today."
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