Avaya and GENBAND Collaborate on Advanced Unified Communications Roadmap for Carrier Class Enterprise Customers

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Avaya and GENBAND Collaborate on Advanced Unified Communications Roadmap for Carrier Class Enterprise Customers

<0> GENBANDKim Lee, +1-972-265-3766 </0>

,a leading developer of IP infrastructure and application solutions, and Avaya, a global provider of business communications and collaboration systems and services, today announced an extension of their strategic relationship focused on developing an advanced Unified Communications (UC) roadmap for carrier class enterprise users of Avaya Communications Server 2100 (CS 2100) and Avaya SL-100.

The evolutionary path developed through this collaboration will enable customers of both companies to take advantage of market-leading, multimedia applications powered by Avaya Auraand the platform. By providing carrier class support for the CS-2100 and SL-100 customer base, Avaya and GENBAND will provide continuity of existing services with new technology and on-going software improvements. Together the companies will continue to deliver a SIP-based UC solution that spans all fixed and mobile business communications functions for carrier-class enterprises in the higher education, healthcare, finance and government verticals.

“By joining forces with Avaya, we are able to provide some of the world’s most vital institutions with continuity, helping ensure that their existing investments in communications infrastructure will be supported and enhanced through future innovation,” said Mark Pugerude, GENBAND’s President of Global Sales and Marketing. “Thanks to the commitment to open standards embraced by both Avaya and GENBAND, we can provide a clear path forward for delivering some of the most advanced UC solutions available today.”

“The extension of this relationship will offer customers a unique combination of investment protection and graceful migration to advanced UC services,” said Mark Monday, Vice President, Product Management, Collaboration Platforms and Endpoints, Avaya. “Our customers can reap the benefits of seamless UC solutions that are based on carrier class platforms and enhance mobility applications and services on any device.”

As a result of this continued relationship, users of Avaya and GENBAND solutions will have access to new applications and a service-development environment that enables multi-vendor networks to operate with more efficiency and less complexity.

“The agreement between GENBAND and Avaya helps large institutions that have been searching to drive continuity for their investments made in legacy Nortel voice systems,” said Rob Arnold, Program Manager, Unified Communications and Collaboration, Frost & Sullivan. “This also enables businesses to find a seamless evolution to UC at their own pace without a costly 'rip and replace' approach. The strategy announced today should be welcome news for customers and for the mission critical services they provide.”

Avaya is a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions, providing unified communications, contact centers, networking and related services to companies of all sizes around the world. For more information please visit .

GENBAND is a global leader of IP infrastructure solutions, enabling service providers and enterprises around the world to evolve communications networks through IP innovation. The Company offers market-leading Switching, Applications, Networking and Service solutions, with products deployed in over 600 customer networks spanning more than 80 countries. GENBAND is headquartered in Frisco, Texas, and has vast resources in R&D, sales and support spanning more than 50 countries. To learn more, visit us on the web at .

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