This is the first in an ongoing series of Unified Communications Edge slide shows on top vendors' products and services. The descriptions accompanying the graphics and photos are supplied by the vendors, though they may be edited for clarity and to remove unnecessary hype.
The first slideshow focuses on Avaya. The company's UC profile, of course, is undergoing a significant expansion with the mid-December acquisition of Nortel Enterprise Solutions. As with any move of this nature – Avaya is adding about 6,000 employees and 25 managers – the surviving company will face many integration challenges and product road map decisions.
In terms of sheer size, the combined entity is in the same ballpark as Cisco. The precise pecking order, if a leader needs be identified, likely depends on the always-elusive definition of unified communications.
Next week: NEC of America Corp.