Survey reveals data networking trends in implementing unified communications

Date: Mon, 07/19/2010 - 17:44 Source: Avaya press department

Resilient, efficient, scalable data solutions critical to meeting growing demand for bandwidth at campuses and data centers
Survey reveals data networking trends in implementing unified communications

Avaya, a global leader in enterprise communications systems, software and services, announced the results of a global survey indicating enterprises today prefer networking solutions that are more resilient, efficient and scalable in supporting the growing bandwidth demands of their communications technologies.
The survey, "Campus and Data Center Priorities," commissioned and conducted independently by Webtorials Analyst Group, examined the campus and data center networking priorities of global enterprise companies with more than 1,000 employees. The survey data revealed that network security, resiliency/uptime, cost management and return on investment were rated most important overall for networks supporting implementation of unified communications.
Survey respondents were first asked to consider which attributes of their networks they rated as most important. The top issues were:
• Network security – (96%)
• Network resiliency – consistent availability/quick recovery from node/link failure – (95%)
• Network scalability – future-proof architectures/seamless growth and cost-effectiveness – (88%)
• Cost reduction and/or cost management – (88%)
• Quality of service management – (86%)
When asked to consider various properties of their networks from a more detailed perspective, survey respondents considered the following as priorities:
• "In-service maintenance and repair" (82%) and "consistent high availability" (81%) most important for "network resiliency and uptime"
• "Low total cost of ownership" (84%) and "optimized designs" (84%) most important for "network efficiency"
• "Future-ready architectures" (79%) and "high-end capacity throughput" (76%) most important for "network scalability"
"These survey results confirm that the best positive value for a high-performance, secure network that in the current economic climate, users are keenly interested in getting allows the capabilities to be added as needed," said Steven Taylor, Principal Analyst, Webtorials. "I have been covering the telecommunications industry for more than 25 years and currently see a dramatic shift in the market away from 'one size fits all' network solutions and toward solutions that map to customers' unique IT infrastructure and needs."
The Avaya Data Solutions announced recently, including the Avaya Ethernet Routing Switch 8800, the Avaya Wireless LAN 8100 Series, the Avaya Unified Communications Management (UCM)/Configuration and Orchestration Manager (COM), and the Avaya Advanced Gateway 2330 SIP gateway all directly address the customer demands that were uncovered in the Webtorials research.
"Avaya is committed to delivering data products that are faster, more cost-effective and consume less power to support the growing needs of today's bandwidth-intensive unified communications applications," said Joel Hackney, President, Avaya Data Solutions. "The Webtorials survey data further validates our strategy to deliver a data portfolio that is tailored to meet our customers' unique needs for today's intensive data networking demands."

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