Avaya’s New Wireless LAN 9100 Mutes the Sucking Sound of Network Downtime

Do you hear that “giant sucking sound?”

Money Down the Drain

That’s the sound of millions of dollars enterprises lose each year to network downtime.

In a recent survey of mid- to large-sized enterprises in the US, Canada, and the UK, Avaya found that 90% percent of companies have experienced negative effects from complex networks, including limiting business analysis, and lower employee and sales productivity.

Companies wait an average of almost a month (27 days) before they make significant improvements to a business system due to corporate network complexities. The majority of that time is spent waiting on a maintenance window.

“At an average of 10 changes a year, businesses can wait up to nine months for improvements that can help their company grow,” said Marc Randall, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Avaya Networking.

Avaya intends to combat that downtime by adding a new weapon to IT’s arsenal: the Wireless LAN 9100.

Avaya WLAN 9100 Series

Built on the latest 802.11ac standards with gigabit throughput performance, the Wireless LAN 9100 extends the capabilities of Avaya Automated Campus, streamlining traffic and helping IT departments focus strategically on their networks.

With many existing wireless infrastructure solutions, IT personnel can’t see or regulate the applications users are running over the network. The Wireless LAN 9100 has an Application Control feature that recognizes more than 1,200 of the most popular business and recreational applications. Administrators can restrict and/or prioritize specific applications, optimizing bandwidth.

One good example lies in how a K-12 school might employ the technology.

Avaya WLAN 9100 Series

A school might want to limit access to social media games and applications while school is in session, but provide a more relaxed online environment during after-school hours. Network bandwidth could be preserved for blackboard-type e-learning applications by blocking streaming video apps (Netflix, YouTube, or sports broadcasting apps).

Application control enables schools to reserve the bulk of bandwidth assets for what matters most.

Avaya’s Fabric Connect technology will soon extend to the Wireless LAN 9100, simplifying the provisioning of access points without the need to make changes to the core. When implementing a new network service, Avaya’s Fabric Connect automatically configures the distribution and core switches, so IT personnel need only configure edge devices.

Avaya WLAN 9100 Series

“Previously, we needed six weeks for network changes; today we can implement them in days,” said Albert Knoll, Network Operations Manager for Fujitsu Technology Solutions.

Avaya is again showcasing Fabric Connect technology at Interop 2014 by running the entire show floor on a Fabric-powered infrastructure.

At 2013’s Interop, it was done with one-tenth of the resources of previous years.

Avaya WLAN 9100 Series

More and more companies are looking to IT departments to provide them with a competitive edge, but traditional networks are too complex to keep up with the speed of business. Avaya’s networking portfolio can eliminate the need for maintenance windows required by today’s protocols and help make that “sucking sound” go away.