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IPO-leery Avaya was hot to flog self to Oracle, but talks 'fizzled' – report

Avaya's owners tried to sell the networking and telecoms provider to Oracle rather than take it public, according to reports. Reuters says that Larry Ellison's biz behemoth held talks with Avaya's private investors in the first half of 2013, but talks "fizzled" in the last few months. Oracle and Avaya both refused to comment. …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2013

Avaya tosses 400 UK resellers overboard

Biz comms Avaya has made good on its promise to toss 400 bit-part channel partners overboard, and claims to have cut the cost and complexity of training as it looks to rebuild part of the base. As exclusively revealed by The Channel back in July, Avaya UK chief Simon Culmer said the firm was going to axe half of its 800-strong …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2012

Avaya UK boss tears UK channel partners list in HALF

Anyone in Avaya UK's direct sales force wanting to bypass the channel must justify it to recently landed country chief Simon Culmer. It seems that Culmer, who pitched up at the unified comms vendor in May is staging something of a channel love-in – but not all of the current 800 resellers/integrators will be smothered with hugs …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2012
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Avaya and Azlan split, end UK distie pact

TD Azlan has confirmed it is splitting with Avaya in the UK but will continue the distie agreement in other parts of EMEA. Talk in the industry was that sales generated did not match the level of investment sunk into the franchise by Azlan and the firms have decided to cut ties locally. "Avaya UK and Azlan – part of the …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2011

Avaya poaches Huawei veep Culmer to run UK ops

Avaya UK has poached Huawei Enterprise veep Simon Culmer to replace managing director Andrew Shepperd less than 10 months into his tenure, The Register can reveal. Culmer, who also had a nine-month spell as UK veep at the enterprise wing of Huawei starting last summer, built a UK management team including the recruitment of …
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2012

CEO of Brit biz Phoenix plans to 'ram-raid' old friend, new enemy Cisco

The boss at Brit services provider Phoenix IT Group wants to "ram raid" former vendor partner Cisco. The UK biz is currently bulking out its portfolio, with Chinese networking firm Huawei Enterprise the latest addition. In the autumnal months last year, Cisco wrote to 1,000 firms across EMEA telling them it was withdrawing …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2014
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Channel veteran off to Avaya

Jan Lawford is joining Avaya to head up its Europe, Middle East and Africa channel programme. Lawford is joining from distie Bell Micro where she was European Commercial Director. Her official title at Avaya is senior director of Europe, Middle East and Africa channels. She has previously worked at CHS, Merisel and RSA Security …
John Oates, 23 Feb 2009

AdaptiveMobile joins Chipzilla's SDN club

Dublin-based AdaptiveMobile has joined Intel's Network Builders software defined networks-network function virtualisation (SDN/NFV) program. The company says its participation in the program will deliver “NFV-ready service assurance”. AdaptiveMobile's announcement notes that its software was already designed to run on generic …
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Walking in a WiFi wonderland

Olympics – summer or, in this case, winter – provide a great proving ground for telco technologies: a huge number of users of widely-varying technical literacy, lots of disparate device types, a fairly lumpy movement of users between indoor and outdoor venues, and of course, stringent security requirements. Vulture South spoke …
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Avaya grabs Nortel's telecoms biz for $900m

Avaya has won an auction for Nortel's enterprise telecoms business, beating out rival bidder, Siemens Enterprise Communications. The company will pay $900m cash for the unit, nearly double the $475m it initially offered during so-called stalking horse bidding as part of Nortel's bankruptcy-court proceedings. Avaya will also pay …
Austin Modine, 15 Sep 2009
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Avaya chases Cisco with videoconferencing tablet

Where Cisco goes, Avaya often follows, and the smaller firm has introduced a video collaboration tablet, the Flare, similar to Cisco's recently announced Cius. While market buzz has focused on general-purpose consumer tablets like the iPad, many vendors believe their opportunity will lie in optimizing the form factor for …
Faultline, 17 Sep 2010

Vendor mouthpieces promise to stop spamming Wikipedia

Eleven global-scale flackhauses have twigged to the idea that polishing their clients' turds on Wikipedia is a high-risk strategy, and have solemnly pledged not to do so. Last year, Wikipedia bit the bullet and began investigating cases of sockpuppeting – or, as Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner put it, “paid …
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NSC Group slurped by Telstra

Telstra has acquired voice systems integrator NSC Group, saying it will integrate the 230-head unified communications and contact centre specialist into its Network Application and Services business. The 1989-founded NSC – founded as North Shore Connections and at the time a Sydney PABX dealer – claims 600 customers in Australia …

OpenStack adds F5 as member

F5 Networks has become the latest vendor to sling bling in the direction of the OpenStack Foundation. The optimisation vendor's entry as a sponsor-level member puts F5 alongside names like Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, EMC and Fujitsu. F5 says its input to the foundation will concentrate on developing layer 4 to layer 7 application …

Brit biz Phoenix IT Group confirms £16m of contract wins

A flurry of biz wins worth more than £16m were this morning confirmed by the new CEO at Phoenix IT Group - the man brought in to turn the loss-making British firm into a profit generating machine. Former EDS and Synstar exec Steve Vaughan, was hired in March to design a turnaround plan, which includes the, er, mind-blowing …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2014

Westcon Group consumes sister biz Intact Integrated Services

Datatec-owned enterprise distie Westcon Group (WG) is to swallow sister company Intact Integrated Services to beef up margins by selling project, support and managed services, primarily on Cisco kit. The move is part of a wider play to consolidate all services operations under a single roof, and highlights efforts by WG to give …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014
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DiData gets Avaya contract

Dimension Data has set up a team of 32 Avaya field engineers. This makes DiData one the UK's largest Avaya support teams. The team can provide hardware diagnosis and replacement across the UK. The company is also holding spare parts at seven UK locations. The managed services will be available under DiData's service level …
John Oates, 12 Jun 2007
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Avaya agrees offer for Ubiquity Software

Networking firm Avaya has offered to buy UK developer Ubiquity Software for £74.3m. Ubiquity's core product is Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) software, which Avaya says will help it support network operators in the migration to all-IP communications. Avaya's offer breaks down to 37.3 pence per share, a premium of more than …

Forget unified communications, we want universal comms, Microsoft insists

Microsoft has opened its Lync Conference in Las Vegas with the claim that it's the top dog in the unified communications (UC) market and demonstrations of new apps that Redmond thinks will move it into a position of providing "universal communications." "We believe that we are basically the number one vendor in terms of UC line …
Iain Thomson, 19 Feb 2014
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Private equity firms trump Nortel for Avaya's hand

Avaya is close to selling itself to private equity firms Silver Lake partners and Texas Pacific Group for more than $8bn, bumping Nortel as top bidder. The firms are expected to pay about $17 per share in a deal which may be announced as early as today, reports the New York Times citing unnamed sources. Avaya's shares closed …
Austin Modine, 04 Jun 2007
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Avaya banks on recession to push cheap comms kit

Avaya has launched a bargain basement version of its unified communications offering which is aimed to appeal to customers worried about the economic downturn. The telephony vendor has repackaged its existing unified communications products, saying they're now available for $0.15 per user per day. It proudly trumpets the fact …
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Is Avaya up for grabs?

Avaya has seen its shares rocket by more than 15 per cent amidst speculative reports that a takeover bid for the network firm is imminent. The market capitalisation of the firm shot up to just over $7bn after Avaya postponed its annual Wall Street analysts' meeting which was originally set for today. The Financial Times said …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 May 2007
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Avaya settles Y2K case

Lucent spin-off Avaya has settled a class action suit for damages related to the year 2000. The case relates to the ability of some Avaya products to deal with date functions after 1 January 2000. Members of the class suit who bought certain telecom products between 1990 and 1999 are eligible for credits of up to $110m, or cash …
John Oates, 17 May 2004
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CloudEthernet Forum formed to scale networks into virtual age

Nine of the majors in the Ethernet market have joined up to create the CloudEthernet Forum which they say will help the venerable networking protocol adapt to the challenges of large-scale cloud services. The forum is being spun out of the Metro Ethernet Forum – MEF – with the initial cabal comprising Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, …
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Juniper and Avaya team up against Cisco

Juniper Networks and Avaya have signed a joint development pact that will see the two networking firms pool their efforts to fight market leader Cisco Systems. The deal, announced yesterday but yet to be signed, will see the two companies resell each other's products and services. This expands upon an existing relationship that …
John Leyden, 03 May 2005
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Pacemaker hack legend Barnaby Jack dies just before Black Hat revelations

Barnaby Jack, the 35-year-old security researcher who demonstrated cash machine hacks live on stage in Las Vegas and later highlighted the insecurity of smart medical devices, has died. His death was confirmed by staff at his employer, security biz IOActive, and his sister Amberleigh Jack. His passing comes days before the …
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2013
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Huawei raids rivals' channels to pilfer dealer partners

Huawei wants to bed 1,000 resellers across Western Europe this year as it tries to crank up the pressure on rivals. The Chinese giant has already signed a bunch of distributors in the region including SDG and Micro P in the UK and recently lifted the covers off its first channel programme in preparation for more concerted dealer …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2012
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Feel Cisco's WRATH: Over 1,000 placed on DENIED partner sh*t list

Cisco has launched an EMEA-wide crackdown in the channel after expelling Phoenix IT Group from the Gold Partner network, which our sources alleged was because it flouted support rules by supplying grey market kit. The Brand Protection police at the networking Goliath sent letters to more than 1,000 resellers, integrators and …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013
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Comstor names Dohmen as EMEA boss

Cisco distribution unit Comstor has lured one of the networking firm's veterans, Andreas Dohmen, to manage its operations across EMEA. Parent Westcon is trying to organise its business to be more EMEA-aligned, and earlier this year hired former Avaya channel boss Jeremy Butt to manage the region. The Comstor business unit is …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2012
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Apple engineers 'pay no attention to anyone's patents', court told

Apple must pay software biz VirnetX $368m after a court ruled FaceTime video calls infringed VirnetX's patents. The fruity firm was on the hook for as much as $900m, but a jury awarded a lower payout during a Texas court hearing yesterday evening, according to VirnetX's lawyers McKool Smith. The jury, which had sat through the …

Lucent Avaya ‘formed of letters that fit together and enhance one another’

"You will not find this name in the dictionary," said Donald Peterson, Lucent chief executive. "It is up to us to fill it with meaning." The name is 'Avaya' pronounced uhv-EYE-uh, a made-up word for Lucent's loss-making enterprise networking division, which is in the process of being hived off as a separate company. …
Drew Cullen, 28 Jun 2000
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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

Australian airline Qantas has denied claims it left a customer on hold … for 15 hours 40 minutes and one second. The claims were made by a customer who has told Fairfax media and news.com.au that he called to confirm a flight and, upon hearing the usual canned messages about what a valued and deeply-loved customer he is, decided …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2012
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Boardroom brouhaha brewing at Emulex after Endace buy

You win some; you lose some. Emulex has completed its acquisition of networking analytics company Endace against the opposition of activist investor Elliott Management, but had to accept the appointment of two Elliott nominees to its board. Emulex mostly sells SAN Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and has a line of Ethernet Converged …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2013
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Commtech Distribution to set up UK beachhead

Channel vet Mark Walker is to front Irish wholesaler Commtech Distribution's expansion into the UK. Walker was made redundant by Azlan, enterprise arm of broadline distie Computer 2000 in November as part of a structural overhaul, which also saw the exit of marketing director Simon Welch and the entire Avaya business unit. A …
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2012
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How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames. Two CEOs went. Two companies crashed. Several were bought. All in all it was a hell of a year. Let's start with all-flash arrays. All-flash arrays Here's where a lot of the flash …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
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Timico Technology Group gobbles Redwood

ISP Timico Technology Group (TTG) has devoured unified comms minnow Redwood Telecommunication for an undisclosed sum. London-based Avaya and Mitel reseller Redwood employs 28 staff and counts Jimmy Choo and Broadgate Estates among its customer list. Tim Radford, chairman at TTG, said the IP telephony and UC services that …
Paul Kunert, 09 Feb 2012

Avaya dismisses potential H.323 and SIP standards merger

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Enterprise networking equipment vendor Avaya Inc has dismissed the idea of any potential unification between the two key standards in enterprise communications, H.323 and the emerging internet engineering task force (IETF) standard SIP. The session initiation protocol is now close to …
ComputerWire, 21 Jan 2002
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Huawei Enterprise's Muscles-from-Brussels Vanhamme scrams

Huawei Enterprise is already operating with a caretaker in the UK, and now an interim boss is about to take control of the European channel after the current chief Dominique Vanhamme leaves today. Back in May Simon Culmer upped sticks after 10 months as veep of Huawei UK. As he left to head up Avaya's local operation, Culmer …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2012
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Intrinsic Technology flogged to management for £30m

Intrinsic Technology chief exec Mike Mason has led a management buy of the Merseyside-based reseller backed by venture capitalist RJD Partners. In a statement, Mason confirmed the MBO team had bought the business from founder and majority shareholder Allan Gauld for £30m, an eye-watering price despite healthy 2010 results. …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2011
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Friends with money: Dell's big bet on private finance

If not a gambler, Michael Dell seems certainly a born showman. With his 50th birthday on the horizon, when most people his age and with his billions might be thinking of slowing down or going philanthropic, he and his PC company have begun a brand new phase. Dell, a native of the brassy US state that lends its name to a brand of …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2013
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Azlan hits pause in top table's musical chairs

Azlan has confirmed its revamped management line-up that will lead the business from the start of next month. The enterprise distie is overhauling the internal structure and making two senior managers redundant as it creates business units based on HP, IBM and Cisco rather than vertical technologies. As a result, Mark Wheeler …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2011
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Former HP exec to run Citrix EMEA

Citrix has lured HP's global networking head Carlos Sartorius to run its EMEA operation. Sartorius has a CV listing exec roles at Motorola, Avaya, Orange Business Services and most recently HP, where he managed the networking operation in EMEA from the end of 2009 and was only pushed upstairs to a global role in June. "Carlos …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2011
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Microsoft Dell deal would restore PC makers' confidence

The PC business could experience not one but two seismic events on Monday. First, the world’s third biggest PC maker is expected to announce a $20bn leveraged buyout, taking it off the stock market and putting it back into private hands. Twenty-five years after Dell floated, the PC maker’s management would no longer be …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Feb 2013
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Brazilian shave costs Tech Data as profits cut by third

Tech Data (TD) exited fiscal 2012 on a low with profits from operations significantly dented by one-off expenses incurred by the closure of its Columbian and Brazilian outposts and restructuring costs in Europe. Sales for Q4 ended 31 January were flat year-on-year at $7.1bn but operating profits fell 28 per cent to $83.8m as TD …
Paul Kunert, 29 Feb 2012
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Softphones strangled by smartphone battery life

Softphones aren’t making inroads onto smartphones or the desktop because the former lacks battery life and the latter take too long to start up, according to Jamie Romanin, ShoreTel’s Regional Director for Australasia. Softphones are applications that do everything a telephone handset can, but run on a PC or smartphone. Often …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2012
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Whatever happened to telepresence? From $2.5m deals to free iPad apps

Cast your mind back nearly 10 years and high-end videoconferencing with its eye-watering price was being touted as the substitute for the corporate jet. At the time, having remote video streams to view your conference room was a big deal that involved an awful lot of looking after and a continuous investment each month for the …
Bob Dormon, 20 Mar 2013
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MacTel data centre build slips

Macquarie Telecom has pushed back the original opening date of its new AU$60 million data centre. The new data centre, called Intellicentre 2, was scheduled to be completed in late 2011 but is now slated for an early 2012 opening. The development of the North Ryde-based data center has been supported by the New South Wales …
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Canadian judges OK Nortel sale

Canadian and US bankruptcy courts have approved the sale of Nortel Networks to Avaya for about $900m. Nortel's UK business and it's European Enterprise Solutions division is being sold separately to the same firm. Alongside the $900m price, Avaya is paying $15m to keep staff on. The deal covers Nortel's business division, …
John Oates, 17 Sep 2009
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Bidders 'plot Nortel break up'

Nokia Siemens Networks, Avaya and Siemens Enterprise Communications are bidding to carve up Canadian networking giant Nortel - which is currently in bankruptcy protection - according to a report. Seeking a stronger presence in the US market, Nokia Siemens made an unsolicited approach for large parts of Nortel's carrier equipment …

Channel survey: Biz in 2012 LOADS better than last year

Back in late spring, we ran a survey of channel players looking at how business has been developing and the outlook for the future. Well the results are in and make for some interesting reading. First up, the obligatory health warning on the limitations of the exercise we carried out - our survey sample of 116 respondents was …
Andrew Buss, 21 Aug 2012