Avaya Unleashes Ethernet Switch to Address IoT, SDN

By Paula Bernier April 23, 2015

Avaya this week introduced a stackable Ethernet switch that it says addresses the trends of the Internet of Things, software-defined networking, and unified wireline and wireless access. The company will be demonstrating the new solution, called the ERS 5900 series, at Interop 2015 next week in Las Vegas.

"The clock is ticking for businesses that want a competitive edge through greater network agility,” says Alan Hase, vice president, Unified Access, Avaya Networking. “By some estimates, it's expected that nearly 25 billion devices will be connected to the network in just four short years. That could mean massive complexity unless a company or organization has implemented a powerful, simplified SDN foundation such as the Avaya's SDN Fx architecture. The ERS 5900 takes a major step toward delivering the simplicity and transitional ability needed as unified access for the Internet of Things moves into full force."

The switches, which is are based on an architecture Avaya calls SDN Fx, enable automation and programmability from the network core to the user edge, which allows for easier configuration as the number of devices and users increases. The ERS 5900 series also supports MACsec for security, can support Power over Ethernet Plus for 802.11ac deployments, is extensible to 60W PoE for IoT, and also is extensible for 2.5GE and 5GE standards for 802.11ac Wave 2.

According to Infonetics Research, 72 percent of businesses in Canada and the U.S. plan to have campus LAN SDN in live production by the end of 2017. The firms believe that the NFV and SDN market on the carrier side is expected to grow to $17 billion by 2019. Meanwhile, SNS Research estimates that by the end of 2020, NFV and SDN investments on operator networks will account for nearly $21 billion.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Executive Editor, TMC

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