Major unified comms development as Avaya acquires Radvision16 March 2012
Video collaboration as easy as a phone call or a text message is the promised outcome from the acquisition of telepresence company Radvision by unified communications provider Avaya.
Radvision’s enterprise video infrastructure and endpoints (including Scopia products, pictured) will be integrated with the Avaya Aura unified communications platform, in a move that is expected to accelerate the adoption of video collaboration. It will support multiple mobile devices including iPads and Android tablets, it will be a platform for B2B and B2C communications as well as ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) initiatives.
The integrated solution will bridge existing H.323 communications networks and SIP-based environments, delivering scalability and a user experience designed to be intuitive and easy to operate.
The deal, which is worth approximately $230million, is expected to close within 90 days of its announcement on 15 March.
Kevin Kennedy, president and CEO of Avaya, commented:“We believe this transaction will leverage a highly-skilled, incredibly talented and experienced workforce ready to deliver video to enterprise customers.”
The announcement was welcomed by the Wainhouse Research consultancy. “The addition of the Radvision video portfolio to Avaya’s business collaboration solutions is a powerful combination,” said Ira M Weinstein, senior analyst and partner. “Radvision’s video management capabilities, video bridging solutions, and video endpoint portfolio complement the Avaya Aura unified communications platform. This is a win for both of these companies, their channel partners, and their end-user customers.”