Avaya Expanding its Role in the Data Center

Avaya recently released a new line of networking products designed to simplify network infrastructure for server virtualization and cloud computing.

The move comes as a result of the company’s acquisition of the Nortel enterprise networking unit in 2009. Since that time, Avaya has been working to support Nortel’s systems and establish its position in the data center networking industry. The new product line is Avaya’s second since the acquisition.

Two devices headline the new products that will fill equipment racks in some data centers – the Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000 and the Virtual Provisioning Service.

The Virtual Services Platform 7000 is a 10-GbE switch capable of integrating servers and VMware’s vCenter operating system for cloud environments. It can be upgraded to the 40- or 100-GbE standards without any changes to the main body. The Virtual Provisioning Service is designed to ease virtual server deployment.

A similar line of products was recently released by Force10. According to a recent TechTarget report, Force10’s line of data center networking tools includes a switch designed to link two rack unit switches into a single flat network infrastructure.