Berry said Aura VE takes advantage of traditional Aura strengths, including Session Manager’s redundancy and Communications Manager’s survivable core, and leverages VMware’s capabilities, including the ability to move Session Manager virtual machines during active calls and high availability (if a primary virtual machine fails it automatically moves to a backup server.)
Aura VE isn’t certified for Microsoft’s Hyper-V. Berry said that will depend on customer demand.
Aura VE is for large installations. Avaya has a virtualized version for up to 2,400 users called Aura Solution For Mid-Sized Enterprises, sold with an HP ProLiant DL server and which is certified for the open source Xen hypervisor.
Licencing for the VE version is the same as for the standard versions of Aura – that is, it is based on the number of users plus certain features.
One reason why Avaya is doing this now, Berry said, is that the company is increasingly seeing UC virtualization as a requirement in requests for proposals and quotes than in the past.