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Avaya is rounding out Flare and the new video portfolio with a number of additional products and services offerings. There's the Avaya Flare Experience for Avaya 9600 desk phones (available in Q4), which brings Flare tools, plus desktop integration with Microsoft Outlook, to the phones themselves. There's Avaya Collaboration Server ($27,000 list price with standard Avaya Aura software license, available November), which packs all of the Avaya 6.0 features into a single server with support for up to 50 endpoints using other multi-vendor H.323 or SIP communications systems.
Then there's a range of Avaya videconferencing releases, including Avaya one-X Communicator Desktop Video Soft Client, providing SIP-based video in a UC desktop interface ($0 with Avaya Aura Enteprise and $60 per user with Avaya Aura Standard, plus $42/user to enable video).
Further along, there's Avaya 1010 and 1020 video systems ($3,699 and $4,999 respectively, for workgroups and small conference rooms), Avaya 1030, 1040 and 1050 video systems ($9,999, $16,999 and $21,999 respectively, for mid-to-large conference rooms, including multi-party conferencing features), and Avaya Videoconferencing Manager 6.0, a software package for managing the various video tools. The products themselves use software from Avaya, while the videoconferencing hardware and codecs are under OEM agreement with LifeSize Communications.
Finally, there are professional and managed services offerings. Avaya Professional Services for Video is a series of consulting services around design and planning, video readiness assessments, infrastructure optimization, and implementation with existing SIP or H.323 environments. Avaya Managed Video Services include help desk and end user support for video management and scheduling functions.
There's also a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) version of Avaya web.alive, the company's web conferencing platform intended for business meetings, distance learning and analytics. Sold on a subscription model, web.alive is $600 per concurrent user per year, or premise-based (available now) or hosted (November) under custom pricing.
The Avaya rollout -- set to be made official at an event in New York Wednesday morning -- continues the flow of exhaustive, all-out product and services releases Avaya has made a priority since it first announced its acquisition of Nortel's enteprise business unit one year ago. Expect collaboration and video -- a specific area in which Avaya has not held much sway in the past -- to be key focuses for Avaya and legacy Nortel channels at Avaya Americas Partner Conference in Las Vegas next month.
"To be fully productive, employees need to simply connect via easy-to-use, fully integrated video, voice and text capabilities," said Kevin Kennedy, Avaya president and CEO, in a statement. "This is the heart of Avaya's people-centric approach to collaboration and the means to faster, better results with less effort and a lower total cost of ownership. We're delivering a more potent collaboration experience at one-third the cost using substantially less bandwidth over other solutions on the market today."
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