Linux Server Blade offer migration path to IP telephony.

Press Release Summary:

Avaya S8400 Media Server upgrades Avaya DEFINITY® ProLogix, IP600, and Avaya S8100 Media Servers to IP Telephony and concurrent version of Avaya Communication Manager. While allowing retention of existing configurations, boards, and phones, solution lets companies incrementally add mobility, contact center, and collaboration applications as well as IP telephony endpoints. It offers full or hybrid IP telephony solution and supports up to 5 Avaya Media Gateways with local survivability.

Original Press Release:

Avaya Offers Mid-Sized Businesses a New, Easy Migration Path to IP Telephony

New Avaya server provides expanded features, functionality and scalability for new and existing Avaya customers

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 2 / / -- INTEROP 2006 -- LAS VEGAS BOOTH 1548 -- Mid-sized businesses ready to step up to higher levels of functionality and scalability with IP telephony now have an easier and more cost-effective path with a new Avaya Media Server, unveiling today at Interop 2006 in Las Vegas. Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV) is a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services.

The new Avaya S8400 Media Server is an easy-to-install, Linux server blade that upgrades Avaya DEFINITY(R) ProLogix, IP600 and Avaya S8100 Media Servers to IP Telephony and the latest version of Avaya Communication Manager. The new Avaya Media Server protects investments and minimizes disruption by allowing customers to retain existing configurations, boards and phones. Companies can start benefiting immediately from IP telephony features and functionality, and incrementally add mobility, contact center and collaboration applications and IP telephony endpoints.

The Avaya S8400 Media Server also offers new customers a compact, full or hybrid IP telephony solution for the mid-sized business or small of large locations.

For businesses with more than one location, the new server can support up to five Avaya Media Gateways with local survivability. This means that companies with multiple locations can centralize administration and management of telephony to reduce operational costs and requirements, and distribute Avaya Communications Manager applications to all offices over the network. Business continuity is improved since local offices can maintain communications in the event that the primary facility or network becomes unavailable. The new server also offers expanded scalability of up to 900 lines and 400 trunks.

The Avaya S8400 Media Server is priced at $4500 for customers upgrading from existing systems and $6200 for a server/gateway bundle for new customers. It is available now from Avaya direct and indirect sales.

Avaya communications solutions for Mid-Sized Businesses, along with other advanced applications from Avaya, will be on display at Avaya Booth #1548 at Interop 2006 in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, May 2 - 4, 2006. For all information on Avaya's strategy, product and services announcements at the show, look at our virtual press kit at

About Avaya, Inc.

Avaya, Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500(R). Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications -- and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services -- Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site:

About the FIFA World Cup and Avaya

As the Official Convergence Communication provider for the FIFA World Cup 2006(TM), Avaya is providing a champion communications network for the World's largest sporting event. The converged network -- that combines voice and data on the same infrastructure -- will connect the 12 host stadiums, the international media centres in Munich, Berlin and Dortmund and the FIFA headquarters in Berlin. Players, coaches, volunteers and fans alike will benefit from the Avaya network that will be instrumental in player and journalist accreditation, the reporting of results, material tracking, accommodation confirmations, transportation, and ticketing among other critical functions. With an estimated 45,000 network connections, 30,000 network devices and over 15 terabytes (or 15,000,000,000 bytes) of data, it is the largest converged communication network ever built for a sporting event.

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