Avaya Debuts Networking Innovations at 'Tech Field Day'

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If you remember grade school like I do, you remember Track & Field Day as an annual blur of 100-meter dashes, long jumps into wet sand pits, and sweet, sweet ribbons.


So what is Tech Field Day, you may ask?

It’s an interactive roundtable discussion between technology experts from vendors and leading bloggers, freelance writers and podcasters. The entire discussion is broadcast live – unedited – via the Internet. Unnerving… sure – but at the core it represents a new and innovative way to reach prospective customers by going through trusted bloggers – who are having more and more influence on purchasing decisions and how companies are portrayed in the media.

How much influence? According to Ignitespot:

  • 12 million people blog via social networks
  • 77% of Internet users read blogs
  • 61% of US consumers have made a purchase based on a blog post
  • 70% of consumers learn about a company through articles rather than ads.

Tech Field Day represents an exciting opportunity for us to pitch our technology to a very influential community who will hopefully in turn write about us and influence their followers in their blogs, articles and podcasts.

What will Avaya be showcasing at the upcoming Tech Field Day event?

In this special 2 hour event – which will be streamed live from the Executive Briefing Center at Avaya’s Santa Clara headquarters- we will cover the following topics through a mix of discussion and demonstrations:

  • A technical overview of Avaya Fabric Connect (based on enhanced SPB) technology from the coauthor of the SPB standard, Paul Unbehagen.
  • How Avaya supports a scalable, efficient and resilient network for video surveillance.
  • How Avaya facilitates a company’s ability to meet PCI DSS compliance for secure credit card transactions.
  • How Avaya Fabric Connect and OpenStack orchestration offer a compelling solution for the Software Defined Data Center.

How can I access the live event?

Simply log into the Tech Field Day website at http://techfieldday.com/ on Thursday, Feb 20th from 4pm PST – 6pm PST/ 7pm EST – 9pm EST.

If I miss the live event?

You will be able to find the videos in individual segments up on YouTube.

Has Avaya previously participated in a Tech Field Day event?

We participated in a Tech Field roundtable at Interop New York last fall.  Check out the video “Paul Unbehagen Talks SPB at Interop New York 2013”

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Dark Horse Networking – NG ESInet Critical Infrastructure

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NG 911 is here, but what about the critical infrastructure to support it?

While communications capabilities have drastically expanded over the past several years, collaboration and data sharing with our peers have now become a part of our daily lives. This has exposed each of us to potential security risks that must be managed, while not constricting our ability to communicate. While one may think it is the endpoint or UC client responsibility, in actuality it is the underlying network that is of concern and where innovation begins.

Ed Kohler, a Distinguished Engineer at Avaya, is a prolific writer of technical philosophic and scientific subjects and has a great passion to emphasize the philosophy and evolution of those topics. I kid Ed that he is one of those guys that needs to walk around with a translator so that people from THIS planet, like myself, can understand just what the hell he is talking about, and if you find the smartest person that you know, and you introduce them to Ed, they will come back to you and say, “Hey, that Ed guy is pretty smart!”

164-EdKoehlerI have had the pleasure of interviewing Ed several times on APN, most recently at INTEROP 2013 in Las Vegas, where Avaya provided the backbone architecture for the INTEROP network using our latest Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) technology. You can view and download the APN content from that event here .

This past week, Ed talked about ‘Dark Horse’ Networking – Private Networks for the control of Data in his blog at [EdKohler.WordPress.com] where he talks about next generation virtualization demands for critical infrastructure and public safety. If you have seen the movie Scanners, and you have no fear of your head exploding, go ahead and read Ed’s blog. If you do have a bit of trepidation, I’ll do you a favor, and summarize it here.

Next Generation Emergency Services IP Networks (ESI nets) are an integral part of making NG 911 functional at the municipal level. FirstNet, the First Responder Emergency Services Network, will connect to the ESInet and extend conductivity to first responders in route to the scene. At some point in the near future, the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) will not only attach callers in need of help to the ESInet, but intelligent endpoints will be able to contribute data to the communications path that has been established. Information that can be provided from the origination point can be extremely valuable not only to the dispatcher or call taker, but to the responding entity and individual.

164 HoldupWGun.pngVideo from a bank’s cameras during a robbery in progress is a good example of real time relevant data that could easily be made available to agencies. While that information can certainly be of interest to the call taker or dispatcher (the presence of an armed individual wearing a ski mask for example) it is of equal value, if not more, to the SWAT team that has responded and is establishing a perimeter.

This poses an incredibly unique, and complex, network infrastructure conundrum, as well as a security concern. While we need to connect two very disparate endpoints in very separate and distinct network and security domains, we need to maintain a level of security and protection at both ends of the network.

This is where Shortest Path Bridging comes to the rescue. A simple explanation of the SPB protocol is a network that allows configuration of the endpoint elements, and the network autonomously reconfigures itself to allow that level of communication. With those endpoints now in a very specific community of interest where only very specific traffic is expected from very specific endpoints, the security algorithms and processes can be much more optimized and flag any event that does not match a very discreet monitoring profile. Anomalies to those patterns are easily flagged for remediation and investigation. Coupling this logic with a “window of opportunity” that only is open when another specific event has occurred (the panic button was activated) further locks down communications. This new “virtual security perimeter” is not only valid within an enterprise environment, but between secure enterprise environments you to the fact that applications are no longer limited by Layer 2 scalability.

The successful deployment of a NG 911 ESInet is going to require more than just a basic level of network knowledge. Complexities insecurity models and inter-conductivity between agencies and their resources will be paramount to making collaboration and unification of public safety possible. “Dark Horse Networking” is sure to be a skill set requirements in the future, and for those looking for a specialized area of certification for a future career, this may be a viable option.

Want more Technology, News and Information from Avaya? Be sure to check out the Avaya Podcast Network landing page at http://avaya.com/APN . There you will find additional Podcasts from Industry Events such as Avaya Evolutions and INTEROP, as well as other informative series by the APN Staff.

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The Consumerization of IT – Round 2

Last year, we took a look at how the Canadian consumer has been leading the way in driving the technology evolution into social media, broadband and mobile solutions. A year further in and those trends are continuing. In fact, figures released by the CWTA last year show that mobile phone subscriptions are increasing by 4% year over year. By mid-2012, over 77% of Canadians had mobile phones.


Of course, smartphone ownership continues to grow. By the end of 2012, more than 50% of Canadian subscribers had a smartphone. Even more interesting is the rapid growth in tablet ownership, which quickly grew from sub-5% in 2011 to 20%+ in 2012.


And users appear to be getting more comfortable using the technology, with more people downloading applications for their smartphones and tablets. 70% of respondents are downloading applications. The average number of downloaded apps per device continues to sit at 12.

True to form, Canadians love talking about the weather and app use is no different – the #1 downloaded app type continues to be weather applications.


The forecast (pardon the pun) for the future of all this technology is clear – at the same time that consumers are arming themselves with more mobile technology and the knowledge required to leverage these devices, a Frost and Sullivan report released in January shows that mobile downloads of web meetings is growing rapidly – and is expected to double or triple in 2013 – with and expectation that ¼ of all online meetings incorporating video by the end of the year.

This trend was verified recently by IDC, who globally has seen a 32.8% year over year decline in large video infrastructure sales, but a 5% increase in personal videoconferencing solutions.

The shift in interest in traditional video conferencing to mobile video conferencing is also evident through analyzing changes in google trends:

Searches for Video Conferencing:

Searches for Mobile Video:

The bottom line is that the definition of mobile video conferencing is quickly moving from a cart on wheels to a smartphone app you can hold in your hand. Managing the transition to mobile video will be key to maintaining competitiveness for your business over the coming years. For more information on how Avaya handled our own transition to mobile enable video collaboration, check out the Wainhouse Research report here.