BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Avaya today said that a growing number of colleges and universities are adopting Avaya Collaborative Cloud solutions to reach and engage more students, regardless of their geographic locations. Such technology is simplifying and enhancing the learning environment, while greatly expanding the range and reach of educational opportunities for students globally.

The Avaya Collaborative Cloud is a framework that enables organizations to build, use and enhance public, private and hybrid cloud-based applications using Avaya unified communications, contact center, networking, and services. The solutions will be showcased this week at the 41st Annual ACUTA Conference & Exhibitions (booth #515), to be held April 29 – May 2 at the JW Marriott Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN. ACUTA is the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education.

Amid rising adoption of cloud-based collaborative suites across industries, higher education institutions are increasingly turning to Avaya and its partners for technology-based solutions to better meet changing student needs and more effectively compete for enrollment. Avaya enables colleges and universities to streamline and enhance campus communications and IT infrastructures, creating new learning environments that are Always-On through:

  • Campus-wide private and hybrid clouds. Higher education institutions and organizations use Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture to deploy a standards-based private cloud infrastructure that can be extended campus-wide from the data center all the way to the desktop. The Avaya Aura core communications platform delivers centralized unified communications and contact center applications.
  • AvayaLive Engage, formerly known as web.alive, is a Web-based, immersive collaboration environment that enables students, faculty and staff to use personalized avatars in a 3D environment to collaborate in meetings and study sessions, and participate in online learning, international studies, distance learning, training and recruiting. AvayaLive Engage was recently awarded a 2012 Ed-Tech Readers’ Choice Award in recognition of its advances in online learning technology.
  • Avaya DevConnect technology partner, Esna Technologies (Esnatech), seamlessly integrates Avaya’s portfolio of unified communications platforms to cloud-based applications, such as Google Apps, VMware Zimbra and Microsoft Office 365 to maximize student collaborative learning and faculty and staff productivity, while providing unified messaging, rich on-hook/off-hook presence, click-to-dial functionality and smartphone integration support.

As a trusted partner to over 5,000 educational institutions globally, Avaya’s work in education converges and consolidates voice, data and video networks to deliver a foundation for a more mobile and connected campus. The advanced features of such networks and cloud-based solutions underpin academic and administrative activities to drive student achievement, streamline student services, maximize faculty and staff productivity, and improve campus operational efficiencies.

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