|Headquarters||Santa Clara, California, United States|
|Key people||Kevin J. Kennedy CEO|
|Products||Business telecommunications equipment|
|Revenue||US$5.171 billion (FY 2012)|
|Operating income||US$115 million (FY 2012)|
|Net income||US$-344 million (FY 2012)|
|Total assets||US$8.194 billion (FY 2012)|
|Total equity||US$-2.436 billion (FY 2012)|
|Employees||14,538 (Sept 2013)|
|Subsidiaries||Avaya Government Solutions|
Avaya Inc. (//) is a multinational corporation privately held (TPG Capital and Silver Lake Partners) which engineers, designs, manufactures, and sells as a global provider of business communications and collaboration systems. The international headquarters is in Santa Clara, California, United States. The company supplies contact centers, networking (routers, switches and other networking hardware), SDN, unified communications (UC), and video products (integrated hardware and software) services.
- 1 History
- 2 Corporate information
- 3 Avaya professional credentials
- 4 Avaya government solutions
- 5 Products
- 5.1 Networking
- 5.2 Unified communications
- 6 Management applications
- 7 Technologies / protocols
- 8 Retired products
- 9 Patents
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 Further reading
- 13 External links
In July and September 2000 interviews reported that Avaya Communications would be created on October 1, 2000 as a spin-off of the business telephone division of Lucent Technologies Inc.. Avaya took with it 34,000 employees and also received $400 million in capital from Warburg Pincus.
Since 2001, the company has sold and acquired several companies to support its current product set – Vista, VPNet, Quintus, Routescience, Nimcat Networks, Spectel, Ubiquity Software, and Traverse Networks. Avaya shifted from a direct sales focused to a channel focused organization and while originally 98% of sales came from direct sales, now 50% of sales are from alternate channels. In 2003 Avaya sold its Connectivity Solutions segment to CommScope for $263 million to focus on its phone gear and communications services businesses.
In 2004 Avaya expanded in Europe through a $370 million acquisition of Tenovis and in Asia through a majority interest in Tata Telecom (now Avaya Global Connect). In 2006 Louis D'Ambrosio took over as the CEO and president of Avaya. and on Jan 12, 2007 they announced the acquisition of Ubiquity Software Corporation for $144 million., Ubiquity develops SIP end-user applications.
October 26, 2007 Avaya was acquired by two private equity firms, TPG Capital and Silver Lake Partners, for $8.2 billion. As a result of this transaction Avaya became a privately held company, no longer traded on any stock market. On November 9, 2007, the firms completed their buy-out and Avaya shareholders received $17.50 per share of owned common stock. In 2008 it had approximately 17,500 employees, 40% of whom are located outside of the United States. Avaya's global headquarters are located in Santa Clara, California, with Kevin J. Kennedy appointed as its Chief Executive Officer.
Purchase of Nortel's Enterprise Assets
Through Nortel's bankruptcy proceedings, certain assets related to their Enterprise Voice and Data business units were put up for auction. Avaya placed a $900 million bid and was formally announced as the winner of these assets on September 14, 2009. On December 18, 2009, Avaya and Nortel officially closed the sale, to create Avaya with a total of about 21,400 employees. On March 8, 2010 Avaya renewed the LG-Nortel relationship to continue Avaya Data Solutions sales into Korea.
Western Electric roots
Since Avaya is a company spun off from Lucent Technologies, itself a spinoff of AT&T, Avaya continues to sell and support telephone models for businesses that were made popular in the heyday of the Bell System, including the 2554 wall phone, and the 2500 series desk phone, both popular Western Electric models. Avaya telephone production at the Shreveport Works, a former Western Electric pay phone plant, ceased in 2001. All of Avaya's telephones are made outside the U.S. by contract manufacturers such as Celestica. Much of Avaya's product and customer set today can be traced back to its AT&T legacy where it formed part of AT&T Network Systems.
2011 – present
At the start of 2011 Avaya acquired Konftel, a company founded in 1988 and headquartered in Sweden, to expand its audio capabilities with the OmniSound system. Then in June 2011, Avaya filed with the SEC to raise up to $1 billion in an initial public offering. On October 4, 2011, Avaya reported that it was acquiring Sipera Systems for its session border controller (SBC) functionality and UC security applications. On October 19, 2011 it was reported that Avaya would buy Aurix. On April 30, 2012 the shareholders approved the acquisition of Radvision by Avaya for about $230 million. The Radvision endpoints will be integrated with the Avaya Aura Unified Communication systems and interoperability has already been established. Avaya has been named the official telecommunication equipment supplier for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
DellOro Group has called Avaya a leader in Unified Communications and Enterprise Telephony Drew Kraus et al. called Avaya a leader in Contact Center. It was named a as a leader in Enterprise messaging by T3i Group in 2010 MZA, Ltd. recognized its Range audio conferencing in 2010. IntelliCom Analytics named it a leader in Hardware maintenance
Gartner places Avaya in the Leaders quadrant because of its comprehensive vision and its possibilities to implement these:
- Leaders Quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony, worldwide, in 2009, 2010
- Leaders Quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center Infrastructure, Worldwide, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Avaya was the Official Network Equipment Supplier for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Avaya was the official Converged Communications Provider for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It also previously provided the communications networks for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003.
Avaya professional credentials
Avaya sponsors a wide variety of IT Professional certifications and training for Avaya products and technologies. The four-level credential program offers opportunities to enhance individual proficiency from a beginner to expert level competence. The certifications (from lowest to highest) begin with a foundational knowledge level then branch into either a Sales & Design area or an Implement & Support area. The levels on top of the foundational level in Sales & Design are APSS (Avaya Professional Sales Specialist), APDS (Avaya Professional Design Specialist), ACDS (Avaya Certified Design Specialist), while the comparable certifications in Implement & Support are either AIPS (Avaya Implementation Professional Specialist) then ASPS (Avaya Support Professional Specialist) or ACIS (Avaya Certified Implementation Specialist) then ACSS (Avaya Certified Support Specialist), with the capstone Implement & Support certification of ACSE (Avaya Certified Solution Expert).
Avaya government solutions
In 1985, Performance Engineering Corporation (later PEC Solutions Inc.) was founded as a professional services firm that helped government clients with Internet and other advanced technologies. The company specialized in secure web-enabling for clients in homeland security, criminal justice and intelligence, defense and civilian agencies within the federal government and at state and local levels. On June 6, 2005, Nortel Networks Inc. completed the acquisition of PEC Solutions, Inc. to form Nortel PEC Solutions Inc. On January 18, 2006, Nortel PEC Solutions was renamed Nortel Government Solutions. On December 21, 2009, Avaya acquired Nortel Government Solutions as part of Nortel's Enterprise asset sale, merging Avaya Federal Solutions and Nortel Government Solutions to form Avaya Government Solutions Inc. Currently based in Fairfax, Virginia, Avaya Government Solutions operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Avaya and provides information technology services, consultancy and products to the federal government of the United States.
The company products are made up of two major lines, the networking systems and the unified communication systems.
- Virtual Services Platform 9000 Series - a range of modular chassis-based products, featuring a carrier-grade Linux operation system, and designed for high-performance deployment scenarios that need to scale to multiple terabit of switching capacity and support 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet connections, and is designed for 100 Gigabit Ethernet connections.
- Ethernet Routing Switch 8800 Series - a range of modular chassis-based products supporting up to 96 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. The ERS 8800 Series has superseded the original Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 Series products.
- Ethernet Routing Switch 8300 Series - a range of modular chassis-based products focused on the mid-sized Core and Enterprise Access deployments scenarios. The ERS 8300 Series was declared end-of-sale as of December 2012.
Compact Form-Factor platforms
- Virtual Services Platform 8000 Series - a compact form-factor platform delivering high-density 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and targeted at mid-market through to mid-size Enterprise Core Switch applications.
- Virtual Services Platform 4000 Series - a range of high-end Gigabit Ethernet stand-alone switches that extend Fabric-based networking to the Branch and Metro locations.
Stackable Chassis platforms
- Virtual Services Platform 7000 Series - a range of high-end 10 Gigabit Ethernet stackable switches that extend Fabric-based networking to the Data Center Top-of-Rack. Each Switch supports up to 640Gbit/s of virtual backplane capacity, delivering up to 5.12Tbit/s for a system of 8, creating a virtual backplane through a resilient fast stacking configuration. When deployed in a Fabric-mode Distributed Top-of-Rack configuration, up to 500 Switches can be interconnected by 280Tbit/s virtual backplane and support up to 16,000 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
- Ethernet Routing Switch 5600 Series - a range of high-end Gigabit Ethernet stackable switches that provide Enterprise-class Desktop features, including PoE, and offering 10 Gbit/s uplink connections. Each Switch supports up to 144Gbit/s of virtual backplane capacity, delivering up to 1.152Tbit/s for a system of 8, creating a virtual backplane through a resilient fast stacking configuration.
- Ethernet Routing Switch 5500 Series - a range of high-end Gigabit Ethernet stackable switches that provide Enterprise-class Desktop features, including PoE, and offering 1 Gbit/s uplink connections. Each Switch supports up to 80Gbit/s of virtual backplane capacity, delivering up to 640Gbit/s for a system of 8, creating a virtual backplane through a resilient fast stacking configuration.
- Ethernet Routing Switch 4000 Series - a range of mid-range Gigabit Ethernet stackable switches that provide Enterprise-class Desktop features, Including PoE/PoE+, and offering 1/10 Gbit/s uplink connections. fast stacking configuration. The Series consists of eleven (17) models - 4500 and 4800 variants - that can be mixed and matched together with other models to meet configuration and scaling requirements. The systems are also capable of supporting the 100/1000BASE-X small form-factor pluggable transceiver, and several also support the T1 Ethernet over TDM Pluggable Transceiver. This system has gone through several detailed interoperability tests and is certified as a Department of Defense approved and certified product for use in military networks.
- Ethernet Routing Switch 3500 Series - a range of entry-level Gigabit Ethernet stackable switches that provide Enterprise-class Desktop features, Including PoE/PoE+, and offering 1 Gbit/s uplink connections.
- Ethernet Routing Switch 2500 Series - a range of entry-level 10/100 Ethernet stackable switches that provide Enterprise-class Desktop features, Including PoE, and offering 1 Gbit/s uplink connections.
Secure Router platform
The secure routers are a product line of devices manufactured by Avaya that combines the functions of WAN routing, firewall security, Ethernet switching, IP telephony, and Microsoft mediation into one device.
- SR 4134, SR-3120, SR-2330
- SR-1000 Systems (SR-1004, SR-1002, SR-1001, SR-1001S)
- Identity Engines
- Secure Network Access
- VPN Routers (200, 600, 1000, 1750, 2700, 5000)
- VPN Gateway (3050, 3070, 3050-VM, 3070-VM, 3090-VM)
- 2300 Series
- 8100 Series
- 9100 Series
- Application Server 5300 (AS5300)
- CS2100, CS1500, CS1000
- Communication Manager (CM)
- CMM Voicemail
- Speech Server
- Session Manager (SM)
- Session Border Controller (SBC)
- System Manager (SMGR)
- Communication Manager Messaging (CMM)
- Application Enablement Services
- Presence Services
- Media Services
- Avaya Interaction Center (AIC)
- Contact Center Express (CCE)
- Avaya Aura Contact Center (AACC)
- System Platform – A virtualization technology to provide a common framework for the deployment of products, templates and applications.
- Collaboration Server
- Unified Messaging
- EC500 (Extension to Cellular)
- IP Office, a hybrid key/PBX and digital/IP based telephone system
- Business Communication Manager (BCM)
- S8800, S8700, S8500, S8400, S8300
- AG2330 – A survivable SIP gateway (compatible with multiple SIP servers)
- B5800 – Branch gateway
- Media gateways (G860, G650, G450, G430)
- Avaya Desktop Video Device ADVD (Android Tablet based full UC and video/conferencing device)
- Flare (full UC and video/conferencing device)
- 1100 series IP phones (1110, 1120E, 1140E, 1150E, 1165E)
- 1200 series IP phones
- 1400 series digital telephones
- 1600 series IP phones (1603, 1608, 1616, 16CC – an IP based call center telephone, replacing the CallMaster telephone line)
- 2000 series IP phones
- 2500-based telephones (made from Avaya's telephone equipment descendants)
- 3900 series digital telephones
- 4400D+ series digital phones (Magix, Definity & IP Office)
- 4600 IP Telephones
- 6400D+ series digital phones (Definity & IP Office)
- 7000 series digital telephones
- 7400 series analog & digital telephones (Merlin, System 25/75/85, Definity)
- 9400 series digital telephones
- 9500 series digital telephones
- 9600 IP Telephones (9601, 9608, 9611G, 9621G, 9641G, 9610, 9620L, 9620C, 9630G, 9640 / G, 9650 / C, 9670G)
- Wireless phones (3600 series, 3700 series, 4000 series, 6100 series, 7400 series)
Technologies / protocols
- Agile Communication Environment – Integrates Unified Communications capabilities and business applications and processes.
- AUDIX – Voice messaging platforms
- Avaya Aura – A suite of products and services targeting real-time multimedia enterprise communications
- Avaya one-X – Web-based Unified Communications
- Digital Communications Protocol (DCP) – A proprietary protocol for Definity and CM systems
- Auto Detection Auto Configuration – A networking protocol which automatically configure Avaya switches to support and prioritize traffic for IP phones. When ADAC is enabled and an IP phone is connected to the switch, the switch automatically configures the VLAN, port, and QoS settings. This protocol can be configured globally or on a port, and can be used with IEEE 802.1AB/LLDP or by itself for auto discovering the phones, setting VLAN PVID, Layer 2 and Layer 3 QoS values. An unlimited number of phones on a port can be supported.
- Auto Unit Replacement – Allows the maintainer to hot swap (replace) any switch (including the master) in the stack without powering down the stack or rebooting the stack. The new unconfigured switch will be integrated into the stack and be reconfigured to match the removed switch.
- Avaya Energy Saver (AES) – Automatically reduces the power consumption of ethernet equipment without impacting the flow of traffic.
- Flexible Advanced Stacking Technology (FAST) Stacking – A switch-stacking technology that allows up to eight Avaya ERS series switches to operate as a single switch. All switches in the stack share configuration-files, if one switch fails the remaining switches continue to function and wrap the traffic around the failed unit. It allows up to eight switches to operate and be managed as a single device. The stacking performance can scale up to 1.1 Tbit/s.
- Discovery Protocol
- Multi-link trunking (MLT)
- Distributed Multi-Link Trunking
- Split multi-link trunking (SMLT)
- Distributed Split Multi-Link Trunking
- R-SMLT or Routed-SMLT
- InterSwitch Trunk (IST)
- Simple Loop Prevention Protocol
- Provider Backbone Transport (PBT)
- Provider Backbone Bridges (PBB) or IEEE 802.1ah-2008
- VLACP – Virtual Link Aggregation Control Protocol
- 1A2 Key System (later replaced by ComKey and Merlin Class)
- Merlin line: Merlin Classic, Merlin Plus, Merlin II, Merlin Legend & Merlin Magix
- System 85, System 75, Avaya Definity line including the hardware and software.
- System 25 (based on the code of the Merlin system)
- CallMaster, a voice terminal designed specifically for the growing demand of call center telephony in the late 1980s into the 1990s. The CallMaster was based on a similar design of an executive office telephone a few decades before called the Call Director.
- Partner line: Partner, Partner Plus, Partner II & Partner ACS
- US20050007951 – Routed split multilink trunking
- 7173934 – System, device, and method for improving communication network reliability using trunk splitting
- 6496502 – Distributed multi-link trunking method and apparatus
- 7068641 – UNIStim
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