The Avaya Collaboration Pod is a combination of Avaya software and hardware, together with technology from VMware and EMC. The Collaboration Pod is an extension of Avaya’s virtualization strategy and the Aura Virtualized Edition (VE) that was first announced in December of 2012.
Aura VE enables enterprises to consolidate and condense multiple servers into a virtualized environment, as Randy Cross, Director of Product Management at Avaya, explained to Enterprise Networking Planet.
Going a step beyond just running Aura on VMware, however, Avaya has also developed a management tool called the Pod Orchestration Suite for the Collaboration Pod.
“The Pod Orchestration Suite is a combination of existing tools we had across the Avaya infrastructure and application teams,” Cross said. “We then created some new functionality to create an integrated view of everything in the stack.”