Avaya Takes Home Top Gartner Recognition in Networking
What do smartphones, pollution monitors, traffic lights and door locks have in common? They’re all now “connected” –among the more than 25 billion “things” that will connect to the Internet by 2020.
For hospitals, IoT devices might be Internet-connected heart rate monitors and medical sensors. For schools, IoT devices might be mobile devices that students bring into the classroom or surveillance cameras. For company, IoT devices might be “smart” ventilation systems, structural integrity monitors and lighting systems. Nearly every industry today relies on Internet-connected devices — and will rely on them even more in the future.
Are you ready for the Internet of Things? Or more accurately, is your network ready?
The honest answer, for most companies, is no. Legacy networks struggle with today’s demands, and the needs of tomorrow haven’t even emerged yet!
Too many traditional networks are plagued by complexity. They take a long time to provision, manage and troubleshoot. New applications take weeks, if not months, to roll out. The impact of IoT is most likely going to cripple them.
So what can businesses do to prepare their networks for current and future demands?
A good place to start is the recently published 2015 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure report. Gartner defines “critical capabilities” as attributes that differentiate products and services in a class, in terms of their quality and performance.
Gartner analysts scored Avaya in the top quartile for five out of six use cases, and ranked the company No. 3 out of 14 vendors in the Enterprise Unified Wired and WLAN Access and SMB and/or Mall or Remote Branch Office Use Case categories.
What sets Avaya apart?
Avaya technology drives a streamlined, automated network that eliminates complexity by allowing “things” to easily, automatically and securely connect at the network edge.
The strength of our Unified Access solution was critical to the improved Gartner ranking. As referenced in the report, the Unified Access solution enables management, policy enforcement, guest management and security across multivendor networks. It’s supported by our Fabric architecture to provide automated network and device provisioning at remote and branch offices.
The solution tightly integrates our wired switches and management and control solutions with wireless hardware and technology, delivering a solution that can significantly ease Wi-Fi deployment and accelerate time-to-service for applications.
Gartner believes organizations can benefit from unified Wired/WLAN access layer solutions as they result in improved provisioning, orchestration and management, reduced OPEX, faster onboarding and consistent policy enforcement. And given the number of wired and wireless “things” making their way onto our networks, Unified Access solutions will become imperative moving forward.
The coming IoT world holds great promise. Now is the time to ask yourselves whether your current solution can meet your future needs. For more information, read the Gartner report.