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Avaya buys Sipera

Avaya announced through a press statement that it has acquired Sipera, unified communications (UC) infrastructure supplier with a portfolio that includes session border controller (SBC) functionality and UC security applications. Avaya bought the company to help them accelerate development of integrated, SIP-based security capabilities for unified communications and contact center environments.

As a result of the acquisition, Sipera will become a fully integrated part of Avaya while Avaya adds session border controller as an owned asset to its unified communications portfolio.

The new enterprise-focused UC security and edge control elements align with Avaya's Aura portfolio to allow better, more secure and flexible deployments of SIP-based applications for both business and consumer-based devices.

Together with Avaya Aura, Sipera's solutions can provide customers with secure VoIP, SIP trunks, videoconferencing, cloud-based communications, instant messaging and many collaboration tools in any location. The added products are also made to simplify management and administration, and help to lower expenses in both UC and contact center environments. Sipera's security features have a patent-pending remote worker solution that helps deploy VPN-less solutions and advanced toll fraud protection.

Alan Baratz, senior vice president and president of Global Communications Solutions at Avaya, said in a press briefing, "Sipera's wide portfolio of open, enterprise-focused security technologies strongly parallels with our own Avaya Aura unified communications architecture and design. Combined, we will help customers simplify deployment, management and maintenance of secure, multi-vendor UC and contact center environments while providing them with greater flexibility to support remote and mobile employees using the device that best suits their requirements."

Jim Timmer, COO at Sipera, said, "Integration of our solutions with Avaya Aura is a significant improvement in the evolution of unified communications. With the combined features, users enjoy rich, responsive communication experiences that span multiple channels, applications, devices and networks. These communications integrate security and compliance features that guarantees mission-critical information and resources are safeguarded. Together, our solutions simplify and streamline deployment and management of enterprise UC, enhancing communications flexibility, accelerating user adoption, and maximizing return on investment."

Avaya also has a business relationship with Acme Packet that includes session border controller capabilities and, according to an Avaya representative, the Acme partnership will still continue after the acquisition.

As for continuation of Sipera's agreements, the Sipera Partner program will continue as is for at least two quarters of the year. Sipera-only partners will be offered the opportunity to join the Avaya Connect program and become part of the Avaya channel communities, but must also undergo appropriate training and certifications.