Back To: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking 2016
Avaya

STRENGTHS

1. Avaya can deliver a well-proven, mature, end-to-end fabric that reaches from the data center to campus and branch locations.

2. The solution provides strong automation of data center network functions.

3. Avaya offers a highly scalable multicast solution that is simple to provision and manage, where only the edge nodes need to be provisioned.

4. Avaya is leveraging the continued trends toward merchant silicon by delivering its software preloaded on validated original design manufacturer (ODM) hardware. While predominantly aimed at cloud and service provider customers, this presents an opportunity for Avaya to increase its presence in the market, and represents a more streamlined and supported way of taking advantage of ODM pricing.

CAUTIONS

1. As the smallest vendor analyzed in this research, Avaya suffers from a lack of both market visibility and technical resources and partners that are familiar with their solutions. Enterprises need to ensure local partners and Avaya have resources with appropriate deployment experience.

2. Avaya's networking portfolio has received relatively little leverage and investment compared to Avaya's core unified communications business.

3. Long-term viability in the DC networking market is questionable due to Avaya's continued revenue decline.

4. Avaya currently lacks certification with VMware and has limited capabilities with Puppet and Chef for organizations that are looking for application integration for network provisioning.

Source: Gartner.