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Avaya this week made its formal debut into the buzzed-about and increasingly crowded software-defined networking market, revealing the Avaya Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) framework, a set of technologies Avaya said will help automate and streamline the management of compute, storage and networking components within the data center.
The new Avaya SDDC, according to Randy Cross, director of fabric and infrastructure product management for Avaya, is the first of many investments Avaya plans to make in the SDN space moving forward.
"This is one of our top priorities," Cross told CRN. "SDDC is the first step, or the first announcement, of our overall SDN strategy."
Avaya's SDDC framework is based on OpenStack, a set of open-source tools for building and managing Infrastructure-as-a-Service clouds, along with Avaya's homegrown data center fabric technology, called Fabric Connect, rolled out earlier this year.
The OpenStack platform, according to Avaya, will help data center administrators streamline processes like deploying virtual machines, and assigning storage resources and configuring networks through a single user interface. Avaya said the framework also includes its OpenStack Horizon-based Management Platform for orchestration across compute, storage and network environments.