SDN Fx™ Architecture
Simplicity Everywhere―from Data Center to Network Edge
- Experience a simpler, more agile network with our Software-Defined Networking design. Like the simplicity in your home grid, which lets you move a home appliance from one power outlet to another, there can be simplicity everywhere in your business network. Applications, devices, and even users can see the network as one big connection point that reconfigures itself when changes are detected.
- Focus on strategic applications, with less worry about connections and configurations. With our SDN Fx™ Architecture, Avaya makes it possible for the network to handle once manual functions automatically.
- Reduce the potential for error and accelerate your time to service. An Automated Core takes advantage of a single, network-wide Ethernet fabric (the “F” in SDN Fx) to remove the need for manual configuration at each network hop.
- Respond quickly to changing business requirements with precision and flexibility. An Open Ecosystem marries standard fabric protocols with open interfaces and open source customization tools.
- Allow applications, devices, and users to connect easily, anywhere along the network, and to interact seamlessly. An Enabled Edge leverages fabric extension (the “x” in SDN Fx) beyond the data center to the user edge.
Avaya creates unified access solutions that seamlessly integrate wireless with traditional access and the greater network. Featuring a holistic, cohesive approach to access control, and leveraging enterprise-class authentication and authorization capabilities, these solutions deliver what matters most: a high-quality experience, independent of the access technology.
With an Avaya Fabric Connect foundation, IT can dramatically revolutionize their ability to deliver agile services. By fundamentally changing the way that the network is built and operated, businesses can shift their focus from mundane, time-consuming maintenance to value-adding initiatives; re-directing precious skills to enhance the business’s operational efficiency and competitive capability.
The challenge of business continuity and information security is not the complexities of individual components or even the technology as a whole, but determining precisely which applications and what data needs protection. Avaya makes it possible for the network to handle once-manual functions automatically, reducing the potential for error, and accelerating time-to-service. This empowers the network to quickly respond to changing business requirements with precision and flexibility.
Avaya delivers businesses a smart alternative to the conventional, outdated techniques and technologies that are proving largely ineffective to digital-age threats. Solutions created using the Avaya SDN Fx™ Architecture leverage, at their foundation, a next-generation network virtualisation technology that naturally compartmentalises traffic.
Avaya has been ranked as an Innovator in Info-Tech Research Group’s 2016 Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Vendor Landscape. Avaya Networking was recognized by Info-Tech Research Group for “compelling offerings for BYOD and Internet of Things (IoT). Vendors recognized as Innovators demonstrate innovative product strengths that act as their competitive advantage in appealing to niche segments of the market.
This infographic provides a view into the perceptions and use of end-to-end network segmentation as a baseline security approach to the new everywhere perimeter. The information is based on research study was conducted by an independent survey research firm.
Elasticity delivers multiple benefits to the information-centric organization: service agility is enhanced, access control can be effectively enforced, any unused or redundant configuration is rolled back, leaving the network edge “clean”. Flipping the convention of access-by-default, automatic elasticity obscures even the hint of network configuration, let alone connectivity, unless and until successful authentication.
By natively embedding stealth capabilities into the fabric of their network, organizations can significantly reduce their exposure to and risk of cyberattack. Avoiding many of the conventional hooks, and obsoleting the typical tools, that hackers seek to exploit, businesses can reduce their exposure and more tightly focus their specialist security efforts.
With hyper-segmentation, organizations can establish borders to defend against unauthorized lateral movement, reduce their attack profile, deliver highly effective breach isolation, improve the effectiveness of anomaly scanning, and greatly improve the value of specialist security appliances.
IoT, BYOD, and cloud have fragmented the traditional network perimeter. Businesses need an effective strategy to differentiate critical applications and confidential data, partition user and devices, establish policy boundaries, and reduce their exposure. Avaya delivers technologies that help secure the everywhere-perimeter. By providing a foundational layer that seamlessly manages hyper-segmentation, native stealth, and automatic elasticity across the organization. Avaya makes protecting and managing everywhere-access practical.
Avaya SDN Fx™ Architecture is based around an innovative and standards based approach that removes the legacy complexity and challenges and offers a modern foundation upon which Enterprises can design a modern data center architecture.
Why wait until your environment is compromised and your patients are placed at risk? The Avaya SDN Fx Healthcare solution addresses today’s challenges today with a comprehensive and extensible end-to-end solution ― a solution that was co-developed with healthcare providers for healthcare providers!
Fabric Attach is an open technology that facilitates the automatic attachment of end-point devices, empowering businesses to dynamically deploy services and devices in a highly virtualized world. Service automation is the Holy Grail for IT. Creating solutions that enable business systems and processes to spin-up, move, or be decommissioned in real-time transitions IT from roadblock to facilitator. Avaya has developed technology to address automation of the critical “last meter”, where end-points devices meet the virtualized network.
The Avaya Open Networking Adapter (ONA) initiative delivers a family of small form-factor devices that act as a bridge between any Ethernet-equipped device and the Fabric Connect private cloud. Simply connect the business end-point via an ONA and Fabric Attach functionality takes care of the rest; provisioning is automated, and centrally defined service parameters are applied. This new class of networking product leverages open source and Avaya-specific innovations to deliver deployment simplicity and operational agility.
Avaya delivers the industry’s first holistic software-defined networking architecture, uniquely addressing the end-to-end relationship between applications, business logic, and networking services. The Avaya SDN Fx™ architecture defines a solutions framework that enables customers to reap the benefits of network simplicity, reliability, and virtualization. It supports the deployment of SDN-enabled applications in a controlled manner as, where, and when business cases drive demand.
With wireless increasingly becoming the primary means of access for end users, it is essential that any SDN strategy encompasses the complete enterprise network including wireless and user mobility. Avaya’s holistic software-defined networking architecture covers the user experience end-to-end across the entire enterprise network. It extends from the Data Center all the way to the enterprise edge, including the wireless edge enabling customers to reap the benefits of network simplicity, reliability, and virtualization. It also supports the deployment of SDN-enabled applications in a flexible manner based on specific business cases.
Key solution attributes of Avaya Fabric Connect have included rapid time to service, Layer 2 and Layer 3 Unicast and IP Multicast virtualization, fast network convergence in case of failures and scalable IP multicast. However, until now Fabric Connect required dedicated physical or emulated point to point Ethernet links to enable all fabric benefits. With the introduction of Avaya Fabric Extend as part of the Avaya SDN Fx™ architecture, the SDN Fx™ Automated Core can now be extended beyond Ethernet to include IP routed connections.
Avaya delivers the industry’s first holistic software-defined networking architecture, addressing the end-to-end relationship between applications, business logic, and networking services. The Avaya Fabric Orchestrator is a scalable, integrated and ready to deploy management solution that simplifies and automates orchestration of a hybrid network comprising of both Legacy Infrastructure and SDN infrastructure.
Inspired by designs applied in hyper-scale data centers, the broader data center market has changed dramatically. Enterprises as well as data center operators are starting to get access to the same hardware technology that hyper-scale operators have; however, the overall solutions associated with this hardware are burdened with complexity and costs that only the large operators can bear. The Avaya Fabric Connect based data center enables businesses to focus on what’s important from a business perspective and reduce attention to mundane and costly day to day tasks while driving innovation and increasing business agility.
This independent market research set out to investigate the impact Avaya Fabric Connect has had on its customer base. It shows that all key performance indicators have improved, but also that many common problems typically associated with running a network have actually been almost eradicated for some customers.
This paper, authored by Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research, discusses how the Software-Defined Data Center is Key to IT-as-a-Service; This paper concludes with some recommendations for companies looking to use this as a key point of competitive differentiation.