Avaya Expands ERS Range of Switches to Take on Cisco, HP

Avaya has expanded its 4000 series of Ethernet switches by adding six new models and declared that the one year old virtualised networking architecture is getting popular in data centres as well as campuses.

The new series of switches are Ethernet Routing Switch (ERS) 4000 series which have been designed to allow enterprises optimise their networks so as to provide collaboration services while simplifying convergence of video, data as well as voice.

Besides switches, Avaya also released new software to support Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+ along with other features, reported Network World.

The new switches have compatibility with Avaya's Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA), which is a blueprint released last year that helps companies optimise their network for business apps and also various services via virtualisation.

According to Avaya, components of VENA like switch clustering, wireless networking, "enhanced" Shortest Path Bridging, network management and network access control are services being used by customers.

Global general manager at Avaya Networking, Jean Turgeon, said, "Our long-term strategy is successful, and momentum continues to build up."

Turgeon added, "Many customers have bought (Avaya switches) based on VENA. Customers like where we're going and we have real deployments."