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McConnell Air Force Base Modernizes Data Network with Avaya Fabric Connect


Avaya Government Solutions announced that McConnell Air Force Base has adopted Avaya Fabric Connect technologies to modernize its network infrastructure that supports 6,000 users.

  • New network backbone improves protection against cybersecurity attacks  
  • Greatly simplifies administration and maintenance
  • Makes it easy to extend services to new facilities in support of the base’s expanding mission 


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – October 27, 2015 – Today Avaya Government Solutions announced that McConnell Air Force Base has adopted Avaya Fabric Connect technologies to modernize its network infrastructure that supports 6,000 users.  


Located in Wichita, Kansas, McConnell is home to the Air Mobility Command's 22nd Air Refueling Wing, Air Force Reserve Command's 931st Air Refueling Group and the Kansas Air National Guard's 184th Intelligence Wing.   


The new Avaya architecture will improve protection against cyberattacks through a unique approach that makes the McConnell network invisible to scanning techniques used to uncover network topologies and develop a plan of attack.  


McConnell can also now quickly extend services to new facilities, including the hangers being built to house 36 new KC-46 “supertanker” aircraft. Network administrators can add services without making changes at the network core – allowing them to accomplish in minutes what previously would have taken many weeks of effort. This same simplicity allowed McConnell’s IT team to perform the cutover to the Avaya new platform after only a few hours of training and will be a critical asset during periodic staff rotations.

Avaya Fabric Connect reconfigures itself automatically in response to network traffic and changing conditions, which reduces day-to-day operations and maintenance demands, improves load-sharing and increases availability.    


Avaya Fabric Connect is based on IEEE-standard shortest path bridging protocols.   



"The cyberattack risks faced by military and intelligence organizations have never been greater. With the adoption of Avaya Fabric Connect, McConnell Air Force Base now has a true ‘stealth’ network that protects critical assets and infrastructure from detection. The base also has a powerful, highly reliable and easy to manage platform that can grow as its mission expands.”

-- Susan Pompliano Keys, vice president, Avaya Government Solutions




Tags: Avaya, Avaya Government Solutions, Fabric Connect, shortest path bridging, data networking, cybersecurity


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