Category Archives: Telecom Equipment

Johnson Controls & Avaya Aura Unified Communications Platform

Avaya today announced that Johnson Controls (JCI) will be upgrading to Avaya Aura as the company’s new global IP telephony platform. This will provide new capabilities and a solution that supports the company’s commitment to state of the art communication technologies and lower costs. Avaya Global Services will design, deploy and manage the entire operation, which will extend to over 1000 locations and 75,000 employees from three key hubs in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The agreement extends the existing Avaya relationship with JCI as the company replaces its current PBX equipment with the Avaya Aura unified communications platform. JCI and Avaya have had a business relationship for over 10 years and both companies are pleased with this extension of the agreements.

“Avaya Aura will help JCI move to a whole new level of communications capabilities that have a tremendous potential to positively impact their business,” said Joel Hackney, senior vice president, Global Sales and Marketing and president, Field Operations, Avaya. “Avaya Global Services will also be with them every step of the way to help ensure they have an unparalleled experience that maximizes that potential. We are thrilled that JCI has decided to extend its relationship with us.”

The Avaya Unified Communication and Collaboration solutions being implemented by JCI include: Avaya Aura unified communications architecture with Session Manager, Communication Manager, Presence Services, Application Enablement Services, System Platform, Avaya Branch Gateway, Avaya Meeting Exchange, EC500, IBM Sametime Integration, Avaya one-X

Alcatel-Lucent OpenPlug Studio Toolkit License Now Free

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced two initiatives to fuel the growth of applications that work across platforms and devices.

Effective immediately, OpenPlug Studio (formerly OpenPlug ELIPS Studio) will now be available to application developers free of charge. OpenPlug Studio is a development toolkit that allows developers to efficiently create native applications for smart phones, tablets and other web-connected devices from a single code base using well-known web development technologies such as JavaScript, ActionScript and XML. Developers can download OpenPlug Studio at http://developer.openplug.com

The company also launched a Certified OpenPlug Solutions Provider Program focused on application development and developer training. Initial members include Exuvis, Nexworld and On3. They will teach developers how to use the OpenPlug tools, while also building mobile applications for businesses that run on any platform or device and leverage service providers

Good Enough Network Myth Debunked by Cisco

Update: view the presentation online here

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Cisco will host a live IPTV broadcast to debunk the Myth of the “Good Enough” Network by outlining the seven most common misperceptions about taking a tactical, multi-vendor approach to building business-critical networks. The webcast will be hosted by Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s executive vice president of worldwide operations, and will feature executives from The Royal Bank of Scotland and BlueWater Communications Group.

What: A live, global IPTV broadcast and interactive Q&A session to discuss:

  • IT industry trends driving the evolution of the network
  • Common misperceptions about taking a “good enough” approach to networking
  • Real world benefits of investing in the network as a strategic asset and innovation engine

Who:

  • Rob Lloyd, executive vice president, Worldwide Operations, Cisco
  • Mike Rau, vice president and chief technology officer, Borderless Networks, Cisco
  • George Kelsey, head of Technology Solutions, The Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Darren Buckley, director of Network Transformation, The Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Bob Cagnazzi, chief executive officer, BlueWater Communications Group

When: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 8:00 a.m Pacific Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time; 4:00 GMT)

Where: To register for the webcast please visit: http://newsroom.cisco.com/enough/webcast

Cisco’s New Green Data Center in Texas Showcases Private Cloud Deployment

Cisco today announced a new green data center in Allen, Texas, with an architecture deploying Cisco’s entire data center technology portfolio spanning computing, switching, and data storage access to support Cisco’s internal private cloud and deliver Information Technology (IT) as a service. The new data center demonstrates the value of a network-based approach through improved resilience, performance and use of resources, while delivering IT services such as video, mobility, security, and collaboration to Cisco employees, customers, partners, and other constituents.

In 2007 Cisco created a vision to deliver IT as a service and developed a long-range plan to deliver that vision through data center consolidation, virtualization, and cloud computing.

Cisco Acquisition of newScale Completed

Cisco has completed its acquisition of privately-held newScale Inc., a provider of software that delivers a service catalog and self-service portal for IT organizations to select and quickly deploy cloud services within their businesses. Based in San Mateo, Calif., newScale allows commercial and enterprise customers to initiate the provisioning of their own systems and infrastructure on an as-needed basis.

Cisco’s cloud strategy is to harness the network as a platform for building and using clouds and cloud services.

Nortel Mediation Sessions Failed…

Nortel Networks Corporation announced that the mediation process that had been commenced in respect of the allocation of sale proceeds of Nortel’s various business and asset divestitures and other inter-estate matters, including inter-company claims, has ended without resolution of the matters in dispute. As previously announced, the Nortel entities that are in creditor protection proceedings in Canada, the United States, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as the Canadian Monitor, the U.S. Principal Officer, the U.S. Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committee, the Ad Hoc Bondholders Group and certain other interested parties, had entered into a confidential, non-binding mediation in an attempt to reach a consensual settlement of all material outstanding inter-estate matters. Mediation sessions were first held in November 2010 and again from April 11 to April 13, 2011.

In light of the unsuccessful conclusion of the mediation process, delays in the ultimate resolution of allocation and inter-company claims matters potentially could be significant. Such delays would result in a corresponding significant delay in the timing of distributions to holders of validated claims of the various estates.