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Australia Commonwealth Treasury Taps Avaya to Keep its Networking Operational

By Steve Anderson February 10, 2016

Governments run on money. There's no getting around that point, so a government's economic operations are often some of the most vital and heavily protected around. That's no different for Australia, and it's recently turned to Avaya's SDN Fx tool to keep the Commonwealth Treasury—its central economic agency—up and running at its peak.

Before the Commonwealth Treasury selected Avaya's system to operate, the organization launched a complex evaluation progress designed to find the best in networking technology from the various competitors in the field. With Avaya's system a clear front-runner, the Treasury then brought in SDN Fx in a “staged progression” to help replace its currently-operating legacy systems.

Avaya SDN Fx itself, meanwhile, is based on a software-defined networking (SDN) architecture, as well as Fabric Connect networking technology that provides increases in productivity and operational resilience overall. Turning to a protocol known as Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) to provide much of the network's newfound speed and resiliency, SDN Fx can ultimately become an end-to-end service that allows for better configuration and deployment of networks, generating optimal results right from the word go.

That improved network provides better operations for the Treasury and other connecting organizations, particularly in the form of the Treasury's Budget Management System (BMS) and similar other software handling economic and tax models. Since the network is also the source for things like voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) communications, archiving, security services and more, having a network that provides the most power to the system right off the bat is the start of a host of new developments.

So far, reports note that the use of Avaya SDN Fx has lowered overall operational costs, and further improvement in operations is expected as new projects and applications can be brought into play more rapidly than previous. Under the legacy system—a multi-vendor process that experienced frequent outages—such rapidity just couldn't be had.

There's been a lot of push lately to replace legacy systems, and with good reason; some of these systems are years, even decades, old, and advancements since then have been astronomical. When we think about the Internet in 2006, and today in 2016, we note a world of changes that's almost as night-and-day as the Internet in 1996 to 2006. Taking advantage of those changes is vital to the continued effective operation of organizations. While the Australian Treasury generally doesn't have to worry about competition eating its lunch, it does have to worry about outraged taxpayers demanding changes and more effective—not to mention less costly—operations. Improving the network with SDN Fx is a great start toward gaining those better operations.

Avaya SDN Fx is already delivering great results for Australia, and for many of its other users. This is a phenomenon that will likely only improve with time, so for those looking into a better network, Avaya SDN Fx may be a place to start.

Contributing Writer

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