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Avaya acquires Sipera

Convergence & VoIP Alert By , Network World
October 04, 2011 04:17 PM ET
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Network World - Avaya announced that it has acquired Sipera, unified communications (UC) infrastructure supplier with a portfolio that includes session border controller (SBC) functionality and UC security applications. The acquisition is being undertaken to help Avaya accelerate development of integrated, SIP-based security capabilities for unified communications and contact center environments.

As a result, Sipera will become a fully integrated part of Avaya while Avaya adds session border controller as an owned asset to its unified communications portfolio. The new enterprise-focused UC security and edge control elements align with Avaya's Aura portfolio to better enable secure and flexible deployments of SIP-based applications for both business- and consumer-based devices. Combined with Avaya Aura, Sipera's solutions can provide customers with secure VoIP, SIP trunks, videoconferencing, cloud-based communications, instant messaging and collaboration tools in any location. The added products are also designed to simplify management and administration, and help to lower total cost of ownership in both UC and contact center environments. Sipera's security features include a patent-pending remote worker solution that helps deploy VPN-less solutions and advanced toll fraud protection.

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Commenting in a statement, Alan Baratz, senior vice president and president of Global Communications Solutions at Avaya, said, "Sipera's broad portfolio of open, enterprise-focused security technologies strongly align with our own Avaya Aura unified communications architecture. Together, we will help customers simplify deployment, management and maintenance of secure, multi-vendor UC and contact center environments while providing them with greater flexibility to support remote and mobile employees using the device that best suits their needs."

Jim Timmer, COO at Sipera, added, "Integration of our solutions with Avaya Aura is a significant milestone in the evolution of unified communications. With the combined offerings, users enjoy rich, responsive communication experiences that span multiple channels, applications, devices and networks. These communications incorporate security and compliance features that ensure mission-critical information and resources are safeguarded. Together, our solutions simplify and streamline deployment and management of enterprise UC, improving communications flexibility, accelerating user adoption, and maximizing return on investment."

Avaya also has a relationship with Acme Packet that includes session border controller capabilities and, according to an Avaya representative, the Acme relationship will continue. As for continuation of Sipera's relationships, the Sipera Partner program will continue as is for at least two quarters. Sipera-only partners will be offered the opportunity to join the Avaya Connect program and become part of the Avaya channel community, but must also undergo appropriate training and certifications.

Read more about voip & convergence in Network World's VoIP & Convergence section.

Steve Taylor is president of Distributed Networking Associates and publisher/editor-in-chief of Webtorials. Larry Hettick, an independent analyst and consultant, is a 30-year industry veteran. He has covered VoIP and UC at Network World for 12 years.

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