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Avaya introduces a secure, efficient framework for the everywhere data center
TT Correspondent |  |  18 Apr 2017

Avaya, on Monday introduced an innovative framework to help enterprises deal with the security and efficiency challenges arising as the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and Digital Transformation push compute functions out to the edge of the network. The Avaya framework for the Everywhere Data Center addresses these challenges, introducing the Avaya Pivot operating platform and the Avaya Arc orchestration engine. Avaya also announced the Avaya VSP 8600, a modular Ethernet switch specifically designed to complement the unique capabilities of Avaya Pivot and Avaya Arc.

The rapid evolution of business applications and second-generation IoT devices is creating new east-west traffic requirements at the edge of the network. To send this edge traffic back to the centralized data center to pick up security and network services, then back to another segment at the edge, would increase latency and cost, and unnecessarily burden software or hardware resources along the way. On the other hand, deploying additional, dedicated appliances closer to the edge for cross segment communication would significantly increase network complexity, expense, and risk while negatively impacting scalability.

This calls for a new approach, one that is achievable through the Avaya framework.

Avaya's framework for the Everywhere Data Center has two essential parts: Avaya Pivot and Avaya Arc. The Avaya Pivot operating platform creates the ability to deploy virtualized network functions (VNFs) anywhere in the network. With the Avaya Arc orchestration engine, these functions can be automatically chained together into full-featured services using centralized policy-based tools. Individual functions could include network virtualization, firewall, IDS/IPS, QoS, and specialized gateways, which are selected based upon the unique requirements of a particular application.

These two elements provide the necessary structure and control directly into the Campus edge, using concepts that have been thoroughly proven in the data center while avoiding the need for numerous standalone appliances.

Complementing the Avaya Pivot operating platform is the new Avaya VSP 8600 Modular Switch with purpose-built hardware to address Everywhere Data Center requirements. The VSP 8600 incorporates an architecture with control processors on every interface card that, when used in combination with Avaya Pivot, can provide ample load balanced processing power to deliver network function virtualization (NFV).

The VSP 8600 also provides differentiated hyper-segmentation and elasticity to easily isolate traffic from devices and applications throughout the campus and across the enterprise. Highly flexible, the VSP 8600 can be deployed anywhere in the enterprise, allows growth through the plug and play addition of daughter and main line cards, and the ability to mix and match generations of line cards as new capabilities become available.

“With new challenges from traffic at the campus edge, Avaya is leveraging proven models taken from the data center “clean room” applying them to the more fragmented environment of the campus. The Avaya Pivot operating platform provides native NFV support on virtual machines or containers, including support for virtualized Network Operating Systems. As the complementary orchestration component, Avaya Arc provides a means to automate service deployment and create intent-based service chains. Ultimately, the Everywhere Data Center can reduce latency, cost and risk while preserving or enhancing scalability,” said Liam Kiely, vice president, Fabric Networking, Avaya.

“There's more to deploying enterprise-class networking service chains than simply activating multiple services.  Intelligently balancing loads between individual services is crucial for true wire-speed application performance. Kemp Load-Balancer and Firewall Services fit seamlessly into the Avaya Arc orchestration engine, optimizing processing power and providing fine-grained security services without impacting application performance. We have shown how the Kemp services can now be deployed as embedded service functions on the Avaya Pivot platform,” said Peter Melerud, co-Founder and CMO of Kemp Technologies, Inc.

“Optimizing application performance over the WAN can be a challenge: ideally, path selection should be dynamic while individual flow characteristics are determined by application requirements. The Avaya Arc orchestration engine is a complement to FatPipe’s SD-WAN platform: path and flow characteristics can now be determined via Arc's intent-based provisioning. The combined solution greatly simplifies deployment of diverse applications including Industrial IoT connectivity to the cloud, real-time voice and video services, or PCI-compliant end-to-end distributed services. Each composite service chain can be defined in a simple template, enabling automatic creation and deployment across the enterprise fabric,” said Sanch Datta, CTO, FatPipe Networks Inc.

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