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Avaya simplifies BYOD connectivity; EarthLink adds to cloud service

Convergence & VoIP Alert By , Network World
May 16, 2012 10:32 AM ET
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Network World - Avaya has enhanced its portfolio to deliver unified wired and wireless network access to employees, guests and their personal devices while maintaining enterprise security. The changes were announced at Interop 2012 just held in Las Vegas.

The enhancements to Avaya Identity Engines 8.0 are part of Avaya Mobile Collaboration for Enterprise and include two new capabilities designed to help eliminate the security risks of personal devices on a corporate network. The first feature, "Ignition Access Portal," simplifies "bring your own device" (BYOD) connectivity with auto-registration and device fingerprinting capabilities, thus providing visibility into the type and profile of devices on the network and allowing them to act accordingly. The access portal can be customized and deployed across geographical locations based on the unique business needs.

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The second feature, "Ignition CASE Client," automates device configuration for secure network access. The client helps ensure that devices meet specific security requirements before being allowed onto the network, configuring the devices without revealing the necessary certificates or shared keys to users.

In other news, EarthLink continues to enhance its cloud services with the launch of new "EarthLink Business IT Services Cloud Workspace." Cloud Workspace functions as a virtual office and is designed to address business challenges including a myriad of security and compliance issues, plus the need to provide access to corporate resources from smartphones, tablets and other consumer-owned devices.

Commenting for EarthLink in a statement, Mike Fuqua, vice president of Managed Services Product Management, said, "Cloud Workspace simplifies manageability, increases protection and delivers data and applications securely from the cloud, allowing users the convenience of using any device to access and run applications and data as if local to them, even while moving between devices."

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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