Adrian Brookes, SDN technologist and director at Avaya Europe, says application centric networking is “fundamentally flawed”.
CBR Q: How does Avaya distinguish itself from other players in the market?
We have capability today to work with OpenStack controllers and we will be enhancing our ability to support the various controllers in the market place. Working in conjunction with Fabric Connect we are delivering the complexity reduction demanded by our customers (through the use of a single network wide protocol, while maintaining inter-operability with the legacy protocols. We have taken a different but optimal path to achieving the benefits of SDN whilst ensuring that we deliver the choice that end users require.
We currently deliver more than 80 percent of the SDN goal through Fabric Connect and it forms part of our Software Defined Architecture framework. However we fundamentally believe these services, through the SDN framework, should be accessible by other controllers but without the need for another protocol within the fabric.
CBR Q: Can we expect any announcements from you in the near future?
Avaya is currently working on the next set of SDN challenges, addressing: automation, simplification, business continuity, identity based authentication and orchestration and I am sure that in the near future we will make further announcements regarding our strategy.