U.S. Navy to Use Avaya "Ruggedized" Unified Communication Application Servers

23 Oct 2013
  • Avaya delivers commercial application servers in a "ruggedized" configuration to withstand harsh shipboard conditions.
  • Fixed size and standard power requirements make it easier for engineers to integrate commercially available servers on any U.S. Navy ship.
  • New servers initially used aboard LPD-17 and CVN-78 ship classes. 
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Today Avaya Government Solutions announced that "ruggedized" versions of its commercially available Avaya unified communication (UC) application servers will be used by the U.S. Navy.
 
Avaya Aura® Communication Manager servers, Avaya Meeting Exchange conference servers and Avaya Administration Terminals have been selected for use aboard U.S. Navy LPD-17 San Antonio-class ships, including the LPD-26 and LPD-27. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is the systems integrator for the LPD project. The Avaya Aura® Communication Manager servers, Avaya Meeting Exchange conference servers and Avaya Administration Terminals will also be used aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first in a new CVN-78 class of Navy super-carriers. 
 
The ruggedized Avaya application servers are based on commercially available technology customized with a standard rack-mountable design that can withstand harsh shipboard conditions. Avaya teamed with Core Systems to ensure the servers are shipboard-ready. The cases are manufactured by Core Systems from strain-hardened, structural aircraft aluminum for maximum strength and minimum weight, with special fans, strain-relief cables and hold-down mechanisms to protect sensitive computer components. 
 
The new chassis standardizes the server size, shape, power and other factors – an important feature that reduces costs and makes it easier for engineers to integrate commercially available servers onboard any U.S. Navy ship. 
 
Avaya application servers housed in Core Systems chassis have passed testing for the following five military environmental ruggedization specifications:
  • Electromagnetic emissions testing to ensure sensitive components are protected from transmitting or receiving electromagnetic interference that might impact performance (EMI MIL-STD-461E).
  • Vibration testing to determine that the case protects sensitive equipment against vibrations generated aboard ship or by the equipment itself (VIBE MIL-STD-167-1A).
  • Temperature and humidity testing to determine that Avaya servers are protected from harsh environmental conditions (MIL-STD-810F).
  • Shock testing to determine that the equipment can withstand the high-impact mechanical shock expected if a ship is hit by a torpedo (MIL-STD-901D, Grade A).
  • Airborne noise testing to demonstrate that the equipment does not emit unacceptable levels of ambient noise (MIL-STD-740, 5.2.3.2, Category A3).
Quotes
"Avaya has a decades-long track record of providing the kind of rugged communication solutions the Navy needs for command and control. By adapting commercially available application servers for the harsh demands of a shipboard tactical communications environment, we’re delivering a true win. The Navy can take advantage of the latest advances in commercial applications and server technology, while knowing each product will be delivered with a standard footprint that can be readily incorporated onboard ship."
-- Mike Paige, President and CEO, Avaya Government Solutions
 
Tags: Avaya, Avaya Government Solutions, Core Systems, unified communications, collaboration, conferencing, government solutions, application servers, ruggedized servers, COTS
 
About Avaya Government Solutions
Avaya Government Solutions offers collaboration, communication and professional services solutions that support citizens, government employees and warfighters.  Our portfolio includes secure, certified hardware and software solutions for unified communications, contact centers, data networking, video and mobility.  Each is available as an on-site, managed or cloud-hosted solution. With our technology platforms and professional services support team, agencies can streamline communications, deliver mission success and bring the right people together with the right information at the right time.  For more information, please visit www.avayagov.com.
 
About Avaya
Avaya is a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions, providing unified communications, contact centers, data solutions and related services to companies of all sizes around the world. For more information please visit www.avaya.com.
 
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Deb Kline

908-953-6179

klined@avaya.com