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Avaya inks pact with HP ProCurve

Roger El Tawil, channel and marketing director for Avaya MENA and TurkeyIn a move designed to provide customers with flexible and cost-effective options for integrating Unified Communications and IP Telephony solutions into networks, Avaya today announced it has entered into a strategic alliance with HP ProCurve.

Avaya is joining the HP ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem (ProCurve ONE) to expand joint efforts in technology integration and innovation. ProCurve ONE is a multi-vendor alliance program that offers enterprises a choice of pre-tested interoperable solutions that run on the HP ProCurve Switch 5400zl and 8200zl series, which offers leading applications on a common platform.

“Today, we’re taking that standards based, best-in-breed model, building on the interoperability already available between HP ProCurve and Avaya communications, and packaging it so it’s even easier and more cost-effective for customers to purchase, deploy and operate,” said Roger El Tawil, channel and marketing director for Avaya MENA and Turkey. “We're very excited about our plans for the future and the new benefits we'll bring to customers in MENA through our alliance.”

Through the HP ProCurve ONE program, Avaya Communication Manager IP telephony software has been tested and certified for interoperability with the HP ProCurve line of products. Today at live events around the globe, Avaya and HP ProCurve are demonstrating Avaya Communication Manager software and UC applications running on the new HP ProCurve ONE Services zl Module, which was also announced today.

“To help customers address the increased pace of change within their businesses, HP ProCurve is combining its own technology with some of the most innovative, respected and visionary companies in the world,” said Alaa AlShimy, General Manager of HP ProCurve Middle East. “Establishing partnerships with major technology companies to deliver open-standards choices delivers business value by increasing the efficiency of network applications.”

HP ProCurve previously announced compliance with the Avaya DevConnect developer program for the HP ProCurve 5400zl, 3500yl and 2600 Series switches. This successful compliance testing demonstrates the ability of HP ProCurve technology to provide a flexible and standards-based solution to optimize customer deployment of Unified Communications and IP Telephony solutions. These solutions are designed to meet the top customer needs of accelerating growth, lowering costs and mitigating risks.

Avaya Unified Communications and HP ProCurve solutions are already providing customers with a number of benefits. For example, the sixth largest K-12 school district in the U.S. is building their convergence platform for the future based on Avaya and HP ProCurve solutions. Broward County Public Schools in Florida is in the process of converting the first 55 of their 250 schools to new Avaya Communication Manager IP telephony software and HP ProCurve switches.

In addition, Avaya and HP have several mutual, authorized channel partners already knowledgeable about the benefits and requirements of a joint solution from Avaya and HP ProCurve. One such channel partner is Altura Communication Solutions, a Platinum-certified Avaya BusinessPartner and authorized HP ProCurve channel reseller with experience in joint sales and implementations.

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