Infotech Lead America: Avaya has launched Avaya Aura Conferencing 7.0, the new version of its conferencing solution.
The company also launched the Avaya Flare Experience for Apple iPad tablets and Microsoft Windows-based PCs and laptops, along with a new version of its Avaya Aura unified communications platform and expanded mobility for the Avaya Communication Server 1000 (CS1000).
The Avaya Aura Conferencing 7.0 solution enables session-based, unified voice and web collaboration from anywhere using desktop Macs or PCs, tablets, and smartphones.
Avaya Aura Conferencing 7.0 provides the high-performance, high scalability and security required by enterprises while enabling the flexibility needed for mobile collaboration and BYOD environments. The new collaboration solution provides a number of user and business benefits, including:
Avaya Aura Conferencing 7.0 is available for $140 per user with the Collaboration Agent browser interface and for $190 per user with the addition of Avaya Flare Experience for Windows operating systems and iPad tablets. The collaboration solution is supported by the newest version of Avaya Aura (6.2) and can connect to either Avaya Aura Communication Manager or Avaya CS 1000 systems.
“Our goal is to centralize all of our communications and collaboration solutions and reduce or eliminate the current technology fragmentation that eats up budget and resources across different departments and agencies. From our perspective, we believe Avaya Aura Conferencing 7.0 and Avaya Flare Experience with Avaya Aura hold the key we need to a unified approach from the core that provides a true unified experience for our users,” said Duane Schell, director, Network Services, State of North Dakota.
“There are many things we like about Conferencing 7.0 with Avaya Flare Experience. It’s easy to swipe contacts into the spotlight for a conference, and to share all kinds of content with people and partners so they have complete understanding. I know exactly who is in the session without taking a roll call, and can easily mute a line that’s creating a distraction for the rest of the attendees. It’s great that speech and web-conferencing can be done through the same interface, and the audio has been clear every time. We are already heavy users of audio-conferencing solutions and are excited about the potential of the web and video conferencing provided through this solution,” said Deepa Kurup, assistant director of Network Operations, University of South Florida.
“Users are increasingly looking for solutions that blend telephony with audio and web conferencing into an easy-to-use experience available on their device of choice. Avaya Aura Conferencing 7.0, combined with the Avaya Flare Experience, presents a unique on-premise solution that addresses this need,” said
Andy Nilssen, Sr. Analyst & Partner, Wainhouse Research.