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Avaya Transforms Businesses with Intelligent Communications at Interop 2006

  • Organizations worldwide, including the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Germany, use Avaya communications solutions to transform the way they do business

Avaya chairman and CEO Don Peterson and Gordon Stitt, CEO of Extreme Networks, will comprise an exclusive CEO Panel Keynote on May at Interop 2006, hosted by Johna Till Johnson, president and senior founding partner of Nemertes Inc..

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Avaya (NYSE: AV) chairman and CEO Don Peterson and Gordon Stitt, CEO of Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR), will comprise an exclusive CEO Panel Keynote on May 2 at Interop 2006, hosted by Johna Till Johnson, president and senior founding partner of Nemertes Inc., a New York-based research firm that specializes in analyzing the business value of emerging technologies. These market leaders will discuss how the power of Intelligent Communications, the ability to link business processes, is changing the way people work and improving the way businesses operate in multi-vendor, standards-based networking environments.


For the third time, Avaya will serve as an official Network Provider for InteropNet, the Internet Protocol (IP) network for the exposition.  Interop 2006 is scheduled for May 2-4 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.


In a series of speaking engagements and solution demonstrations, Avaya, a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services, will show the business changing possibilities of IP telephony and the advantages of implementing advanced applications. 


In Avaya Booth 1548, conference attendees can experience Avaya one-X Quick Edition, Avaya's new, award-winning, IP telephony peer-to-peer solution for very small businesses and small branch offices. Avaya also will have a full complement of IP servers, applications, gateways, IP phones and SIP enablement solutions on display to show intelligent communications in action and how the ability to link communications with business processes can revolutionize collaboration, customer service and mobile communications.


Speakers Focus on Intelligent Communications in an IP Network World


Speakers from Avaya and its customer companies will participate in a variety of Interop education sessions to demonstrate how intelligent communications applications, combined with IP networking, open up a world of possibilities for business.  The sessions include:


  • CEO Panel Keynote  Avaya chairman and CEO Don Peterson joins Extreme Networks CEO Gordon Stitt to discuss the future of IP telephony in multi-vendor network implementations. May 2, 1:00 p.m.


  • A VoIP Users Forum  Avaya customer Kevin McPhee, IT Manager, First Health will participate in this session, where end users will tell their stories:  How the companies decided to migrate to VoIP, what the costs were, and where they’re taking the technology.  May 2 11:30 a.m.


  • Foundry Networks Panel: Answering the Call of IP – VoIP in the Enterprise  Eric Rossman, vice president, Developer and Technical Alliances, Avaya, will join a panel discussing business continuity, voice-capable networking and the future of business communications applications and intelligent communications, May 2, 11:15 a.m.


  • IT Manager Roundtable  Avaya customer Brett Jones, director, Operations for George Washington University will participate in a panel discussion about ways to ensure a successful mobile deployment.  Learn from their experiences in designing, implementing and managing enterprise-class mobile solutions.  May 2, 2:15 p.m.


  • SIP Status and Prospects  Gabriel H. Campos-Woslavsky, director, Product Management, Converged Systems p, Avaya, will speak on the benefits and maturity of SIP for enterprise implementations. May 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m.


  • Managed and Hosted Voice Services  George Humphrey, director, Avaya Global Services will discuss how enterprises of all sizes are looking at different options for the delivery of communications applications. Various service delivery models, including hosted subscription services, will be covered, with real-life success stories and advice for approaching the selection of a hosting provider.  May 3, 10:15 a.m.


  • SOA and Web Services: A Reality Check  David Butler, director, Application Enablement Services, Avaya, will discuss the adoption of Service Oriented Architecture as the technology platform on which Avaya will build future applications.  Butler will discuss how SOA delivers unique value to enterprises by optimizing business process automation and expediting exception-based activities through improved communications flow.  May 3, 11:30 a.m.


  • Converged Wireless Voice Panel  Carolyn Nguyen, director, Global Mobility Strategy, Avaya, will discuss the role of VoIP in future of wireline and wireless voice communications.  May 3, 2:15 p.m.


Partner Pavilion in Avaya Booth 1548 Highlights Avaya-Compatible Applications

An Avaya Partner Pavilion in Booth 1548 will feature members of the Avaya DeveloperConnection program – an initiative to promote the development of innovative, third-party products that interoperate with Avaya and extend the value of a company’s investment in its network.  The Partner Pavillion will include Aruba Wireless Networks, Citel, Expand Networks, Extreme Networks, INFOBLOX, Lucent Technologies, Sync Voice Communications, Symbol Technologies and Tello.


About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than 1 million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) 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 website:


About the FIFA World Cup and Avaya
As the Official Convergence Communication provider for the FIFA World Cup 2006™, 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 15,000,000,000,000 bytes) of data, it is the largest converged communication network ever built for a sporting event.

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