Avaya, this week announced an addition to the company’s SDN Fx architecture, promising to help bring businesses one step closer to enabling Unified Access and the Internet-of-Things(IoT). The new line of next-generation, premium stackable Ethernet switches, the ERS 5900 series extend Avaya Fabric Connect capabilities to the network edge. The Avaya SDN Fx architecture delivers automation and programmability from the network core to the user edge, providing “connect anything, anywhere” simplicity, said Avaya.
According to Avaya, the ERS 5900 series enables enterprises to smoothly migrate to next generation architectures that unify the wired and wireless networks while preparing organizations to adopt new IoT strategies. The ERS 5900 series supports features to cater for emerging IoT deployments, including extensible support of 60W of Power over Ethernet (uPOE) such as smart lighting, medical systems and high-end video surveillance. Avaya is also collaborating with other companies on an intelligent lighting solution that eliminates the need for businesses to run expensive, separate high-voltage wiring and conduit for lighting. Instead, leveraging Ethernet cabling, Power over Ethernet and LED, lighting becomes one of the many ‘things’ on the network.