Avaya Inc. /əˈvaɪ.ə/ is a privately held computer networking, information technology and telecommunications company that is a global provider of business communications systems. The international headquarters is in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States. The company provides contact centers, networking (routers, switches and other networking hardware), unified communications, and video products (integrated hardware and software) solutions and services.
Headquarters at Basking Ridge, New Jersey
In July and August 2000 interviews reported that Avaya Communications would be created on October 1, 2000 when the unified communications and call center businesses left Lucent Technologies Inc. or Lucent enterprises. The spun off of Avaya with 34,000 employees also received $400 million in capital from Warburg Pincus.
Henry Schacht became the board chairman and the first CEO was Don Peterson who was promoted from the CFO position of Lucent. Avaya had a stock symbol of "AV" and debuted at $20 a share.
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. Sales through channels have grown from 98% direct to 50% alternative channels. In 2003 Avaya sold its cabling unit to CommScope for $263 million to focus on its phone gear and 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 the US. Avaya's global headquarters are located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, with Kevin J. Kennedy appointed as its Chief Executive Officer.
On Sep 14, 2009, Avaya was announced as the winner for the Nortel Enterprise division sale. Avaya successfully bid $900M for Nortel Enterprise. On Dec 21, 2009, Avaya and Nortel officially closed the sale, to create Avaya with a total of about 21,000 employees. Then 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 well-known 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 is buying Aurix. Avaya has been named the official telecommunication equipment supplier for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Avaya's headquarters are located at 211 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States, 07920, just off interstate 287. The company has offices located in over 145 countries world wide.
Avaya's leaders are:
Kevin Kennedy (President and Chief Executive Officer)
Mohamad Ali (Senior Vice President and President, Avaya Client Services)
Steven J. Bandrowczak (Vice President & General Manager, Avaya Networking)
Dr. Alan Baratz (Senior Vice President & President, Global Communications Solutions)
Jim Chirico (Executive Vice President, Business Operations)
Pamela Craven (Chief Administrative Officer)
Chris Formant (Senior Vice President & President, Avaya Government Solutions)
Roger Gaston (Senior Vice President, Human Resources)
Stephen J. Gold (Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer)
Joel Hackney (Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, and President, Field Operations)
Anthony Massetti (Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer)
Tom Mitchell (Senior Vice President and President, Avaya Go to Market)
Brett Shockley (Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy)
Avaya is recognized by industry and technology experts as a world leader in the following areas:
- Unified Communications and Enterprise Telephony
- Contact Center
- Enterprise messaging
- Range audio conferencing
- 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
Bell Canada (BCE), using Avaya's hardware, was the official Converged 10 Gigabit Ethernet network provider for the 2010 Winter Olympics. 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 five-level credential program offers opportunities to enhance individual proficiency from a beginner to expert level competence. The certifications from the highest level are; Avaya Certified Solutions Architect (ACSA), Avaya Certified Support Specialist (ACSS), Avaya Certified Implementation Specialist, Avaya Professional Design Specialist.
The company products are made up of two major lines, the networking systems and the unified communication systems.
- Virtual Services Platform (VSP) 7000 – High end 10 gigabit Ethernet stackable switch
- Ethernet Routing Switch 5600 (ERS-5632FD, ERS-5650TD-PWR, ERS-5650TD, ERS-5698TFD-PWR, ERS-5698TFD)
- Ethernet Routing Switch 5500 (ERS-5530, ERS-5520-48T-PWR, ERS-5520-24T-PWR, ERS-5510-48T, ERS-5510-24T
- Ethernet Routing Switch 4000
(ERS-4850GTS, ERS-4850GTS-PWR+, ERS-4826GTS, ERS-4526GTS-PWR+)(ERS-4526FX, ERS-4526T, ERS-4526T-PWR, ERS-4526T-PWR+ ERS-4550T, ERS-4550T-PWR, ERS-4550T-PWR+ ERS-4524GT, ERS-4524GT-PWR, ERS-4548GT, ERS-4548GT-PWR, ERS-4526GTX, ERS-4526GTX-PWR) The ERS-4500 switches can be stacked up to eight unites high to create a 320 Gbit/s backplane through a fast stacking configuration. The switch series consists of eleven (11) stack-able models 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 (ERS-3510GT, 3510GT-PWR+, 3524GT, 3524GT-PWR+, 35265T, and 3526T-PWR+)
- Ethernet Routing Switch 2500 (ERS-2526T, ERS-2526T-PWR, ERS-2550T, ERS-2550T-PWR)
The secure routers are a product line of devices manufactured by Avaya that combines the functions of WAN routing, stateful 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)
- Application Server 5300 (AS5300)
- CS2100, CS1500, CS1000
- Communication Manager (CM)
- CMM Voicemail
- Speech Server
- Session Manager
- Session Border Controller
- System Manager
- Communication Manager Messaging
- 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)
- 4600 IP 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)
The integration and protection of legacy Nortel assets is ensured for 6 years.
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 a 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, simplifing IP Phone configuration, and saving time, which improves Total Cost of Ownership of the VoIP solution.
- 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
- Merlin line: Merlin Classic, 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.
- Dimension & Horizon discontinued prior to 2000 under Lucent, with the pending Y2K bug
- ComKey (a KSU-less telephone system, later to become replacements to the Merlin and Partner systems)
- PARTNER Advanced Communications System (ACS) (as of November 8, 2010)
Avaya acquired many patents from Nortel when they successfully bid $900 million for Nortel Enterprise. This is a list of Patents referenced, cited or explained in Wikipedia articles.
- 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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