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Avaya to acquire Radvision to boost video UC capabilities

Veronica C. Silva | March 19, 2012
Avaya bets on faster adoption of video collaboration with new acquisition.

Unified communications player Avaya has recently announced that it will acquire Radvision to boost its UC offering across more platforms, including mobile devices.

Valued at about $230 million, the acquisition is also expected to fast track the adoption of video collaboration as the integrated solutions emerging from the transaction will make it easier for enterprises to implement video collaboration.

Avaya said Radvision technologies will be integrated with the Avaya Aura Unified Communications (UC) platform to give customers a "highly integrated and interoperable suite of cost-effective, easy to use, high-definition video collaboration products". With Radvision's standards-based applications and open infrastructure, the video collaboration can be extended to multiple mobile devices, including the Apple iPad and Google Android.

Radvision specialises in video collaboration technologies over IP and wireless networks aimed at enterprises, small business, and service providers. Avaya said the integrated video collaboration offering will be as  easy as making a phone call or sending a text message, making it ideal for "on the go" business users.

Avaya said Radvision's SCOPIA Video product line and expertise integrated with the open architecture of Avaya Aura "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."


Avaya said Radvision's acquisition is in keeping with its commitment to the market to bring its promise of "The Power of We to every Avaya customer."

"With this acquisition we will seek to extend video conferencing to any device, anytime, anywhere, making it as easy as a phone call, seizing the opportunity to deliver a fully-integrated solution and architecture that we believe sets us apart from the competition," said Kevin Kennedy, president and CEO, Avaya. "In addition, we believe this transaction will leverage a highly skilled, incredibly talented and experienced workforce ready to deliver video to enterprise customers."

An analyst said the deal is a win-win for both companies, their channel partners and end-user customers.

"The addition of the RADVISION video portfolio to Avaya's business collaboration solutions is a powerful combination. RADVISION's video management capabilities, video bridging solutions, and video endpoint portfolio complement the Avaya Aura unified communications platform," said Ira M. Weinstein, senior analyst and partner, Wainhouse Research.

The acquisition is expected to be completed in 90 days.


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