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Re: [News] Avaya VoIP/PBX is Based on Linux

Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> VoiceCon: Avaya CEO talks about changes, competition
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| Louis D'Ambrosio became top guy at Avaya last July, making him only
>| the company's second CEO since its inception in 2000, when Avaya was
>| spun off from Lucent's legacy business telephony arm...
>| We're a Linux-based product. We have a compelling set of software
>| attributes. In terms of execution, we talk about getting into
>| fighting shape.
> `----
> http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2007/030807-avaya-ceo-changes-competition.html?fsrc=rss-linux-news
> Last week I read that Microsoft considered buying them. Maybe it was
> antitrust that prevented this (can't recall), but either way it could be
> another case of Linux threat being acquired.

I wouldn't have thought that Avaya were any particular threat to MS, as
MS have no PBX offering anyway, although they are pushing the LCS
offering, which appears to be a way of keeping existing customers locked
to Microsoft.

Also, Microsoft have been getting /very/ close to Nortel recently, who
have a huge amount of interest all over the telco space, including
transport equipment, (tdm & packet), PBB-TE (carrier-grade ethernet),
media gateways, softswitches, PBXs, SCPs and they claim some IMS
capabilities too.  If MS are looking to get into a different space, this
might be it, although if they think it would help their margins, they
will be sadly disappointed.

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