Unified communications vendor Avaya has released an update for its Aura conferencing and collaboration line, adding additional management features which would make it easier for firms to allow employees' mobile devices onto the corporate network.
The company said that the Aura Conferencing 7 release would increase the options for users looking to bring their own devices into the enterprise IT environment.
Among the updates will be the addition of moderation and controller features for iOS mobile devices as well as updated clients for Windows systems.
Craig Lynar, Avaya director of unified communications product marketing, told V3 that the aim of the product was to allow employees to not only listen in on mobile devices, but also allow for full administration of calls and meetings on portable systems.
"A large percentage of companies across the country and world are letting people bring their own devices into work," Lynar explained.
"It is very important that we had the capability of collaborating at all those touch points and access points."
The company is also looking to make the Aura platform as scalable as possible by using locally-hosted hardware rather than a cloud based service.
By adding additional bandwidth management tools as well as data-saving techniques including locally-hosted media servers in branch office, the company has designed the platform to scale to thousands of users without throttling bandwidth or call quality.
Avaya believes that for many enterprises, bandwidth savings will offset the hardware costs required for an on-premise collaboration system.
"We are well aware that for large enterprises, bandwidth is a significant cost, not only on phone calls but for collaboration and hosting," said Avaya Conferencing 7 director of product management Chris Johnson.
"If you did not have a media server in the remote locations, you could be sending thousands of media streams and you would use a lot of network bandwidth."
Avaya said that it will be offering the Aura Communications 7 package as a per-user fee or as a bundled add-on with the company's Collaboration Server 1000 system.
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