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Offline Michael McNamara

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Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:46:09 PM »
We're sponsoring a sweepstakes for members of the Network Infrastructure Forum. We will be giving away an Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G to a randomly selected member that replies to this thread describing how they use Avaya networking equipment in their environment.
How can I enter?

No purchase is necessary to enter. This Sweepstakes is open to registered members of the Network Infrastructure Forums. Registration to the Network Infrastructure Forums is free and can be done here. Registered users simply need to reply to this post describing how they use Avaya networking or voice equipment in their organization. A winner will be randomly select from the replies.

When can I submit my reply?

Replies will be accepted between March 25, 2012 and March 31, 2012. This thread is currently locked but will be unlocked during that time to allow members to submit their replies.

When will the drawing be made?

A winner will be randomly selected on April 2, 2012 and notified by private message on the discussion forums.

Questions can be posted in this thread by registered members.

Please read the complete rules below.



    PROMOTION PERIOD: The entry period for the "Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G" Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins on March 25, 2012 and ends on March 31, 2012 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Following the end of the Sweepstakes Period, a random drawing will be conducted to select one (1) winner from all eligible entries received, as more fully set forth below. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant (or his/her parent or legal guardian if entrant is deemed a minor in his/her state of residence) unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Sweepstakes Rules and the decisions of Network Infrastructure Forum and Avaya ("Sponsors"), which shall be final and binding in all respects.

    ELIGIBILITY: Open only to Network Infrastructure Forum Registered Users who are legal residents of the USA and other countries where sweepstakes are not prohibited, (excluding residents of the State of Maine and other locations where sweepstakes are not permitted), and who are 18 years of age or older as of date of entry. A Network Infrastructure Forum Registered Community User (“User”) is a person who has joined the Network Infrastructure Forum community at https://forums.networkinfrastructure.info. There is no cost or future obligation to become a Network Infrastructure Forum Registered User and there is no purchase required. Employees, officers, and directors of Sponsor, their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and members of the immediate family or household of anyone so employed (collectively, the "Sweepstakes Entities") are NOT eligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize; however, such Sweepstakes Entities may participate in the Network Infrastructure Forum Community if they wish. The Sweepstakes is void in Maine, and where prohibited by law.

    HOW TO ENTER: Registered users simply need to reply to this post describing how you use Avaya networking or voice equipment in your organization.

    Entrants are limited to only one entry in total. Any entrant submitting more than one entry in total will have all of their entries disqualified.

    Sponsor reserves the right to stop taking entries early or to extend the final deadline and award the prizes to those who have validly entered as of this revised termination date. If the deadline is revised, the Sponsor will update these Official Sweepstakes Rules. The Sponsor’s database clock will be the official time keeper for this Sweepstakes. All entries become the property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned except as provided herein. No mechanically reproduced, illegible, or incomplete entries will be accepted. Sweepstakes entries will be deemed null and void and will be rejected if not submitted through authorized, legitimate channels. The use of any device to automate the entry process is prohibited. NOTE: Entry must be made by the entrant personally. Entries made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other website or e-mail address, including but not limited to commercial sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering services, will be declared invalid and disqualified from this Sweepstakes.

    Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or the website, to be acting in violation of these Official Sweepstakes Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Information collected in connection with this Sweepstakes may be shared with the other "Sweepstakes Entities" (defined in section 2 above), and in such event, such Sweepstakes Entities will use such information in accordance with the Network Infrastructure Forums Privacy Policy, which may be found at https://forums.networkinfrastructure.info/privacy/. By accepting a prize, each verified winner (or his/her parent or legal guardian if winner is a minor) hereby grants Sponsor the right, but not the obligation, to the use of her or his name, picture, likeness, voice, address (city and state), company name and any statements made or attributed to such winner (collectively, “Attributes”) for advertising and promotional purposes in any and all media including, without limitation, on a website owned or operated by one of the Sweepstakes Entities and in other promotional materials, without further notice, review or approval, and without further compensation, and releases, discharges and holds harmless the Sweepstakes Entities from and against all claims arising out of the use of such Attributes.

    PRIZES and ODDS: One winner will be drawn for the Sweepstakes.

    One (1) winner will receive one Apple iPad 2 WiFi + 3G

    Prizes are non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash or otherwise substituted except as provided herein. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable for any reason. Total retail value of all prizes in this Sweepstakes is estimated as $500. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received in accordance with these Official Sweepstakes Rules during the Sweepstakes Period. All prizes will be awarded provided they are claimed properly in accordance with these Official Sweepstakes Rules. Winners shall be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local income taxes on prizes and any expenses in excess of the prize amount. Prizes won by minors will be awarded on the minors’ behalf to their parents or legal guardians. Limit one (1) prize per person for this Sweepstakes Period.

    WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: There will be a random drawing from among all eligible entries received for this Sweepstakes on the evening of April 2, 2012. The potential winner will be listed on the Network Infrastructure Forums https://forums.networkinfrastructure.info/sweepstakes and will be notified by personal message to the user on the Network Infrastructure Forums. Sponsor shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by the potential winner for any reason. If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential winner does not respond as directed within five (5) days following the first notification attempt, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to any potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate winner may be selected in a random drawing from among the remaining eligible entries.

    GENERAL RELEASE: By participating, each entrant (or his/her parent or legal guardian if entrant is a minor) agrees that Sweepstakes Entities their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, licensees and assigns and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives, shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages or injuries of any kind resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, or from entrants’ acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any prize. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any damage to an entrant’s computer system which is occasioned by accessing the Sponsor website or participating in the Sweepstakes or in the Network Infrastructure Forum Community, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, damaged or stolen entries or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, video incompatibility, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. By accepting a prize, each winner (or his/her parent or legal guardian if winner is a minor) acknowledges that Sponsor has neither made, nor is in any manner responsible or liable for, any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition or fitness for a particular purpose. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of the entrant, an entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the User account from which it was sent, provided such account holder must still meet the eligibility requirements for the Sweepstakes. A potential winner (or his/her parent or legal guardian if winner is a minor) may be required to provide the Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the User account in the Network Infrastructure Forum Community associated with the winning entry. A potential winner (or his/her parent or legal guardian if winner is a minor) will be required to sign a written affidavit/release confirming s/he is the authorized account holder in order to receive his/her prize if requested by Sponsor. If a dispute cannot be resolved to Sponsor's satisfaction, the entry will be deemed ineligible and the potential winner will forfeit the prize. Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Sweepstakes if, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of being executed as planned or if it determines, in its sole discretion, that the Sweepstakes is technically impaired or corrupted or that fraud or technical problems, failures or malfunctions or other causes beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control have destroyed or severely undermined or to any degree impaired the integrity, administration, security, proper play and/or feasibility of the Sweepstakes as contemplated herein. If the Sweepstakes is terminated before the designated end date, Sponsor will select the winners in a random drawing from all eligible, non-suspect entries received for as of the date/time of termination. Inclusion in such drawing shall be each entrant's sole and exclusive remedy under such circumstances. Only the type and quantity of prizes described in these Official Sweepstakes Rules will be awarded. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Sweepstakes Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Sweepstakes Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

    WINNERS LIST: The potential winner will be posted on the Network Infrastructure Forum website on April 16, 2012.
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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012, 07:21:13 PM »
We are an Avaya Network and Voice Customer.  We have at our main facility, a pair of clustered 8600's we are in the process of upgrading to 8800's.  In our current Data Center, we have a pair of clustered 5698's supporting approximately 90 servers and our primary Avaya 8800 Phone system.
All our users are on Avaya switches.  Our standard remote site configuration is a 5520 48T switch running OSPF.  One link goes to a managed Ethernet Service.  The other side connects through a backup private DSL service from AT&T called RLAN that goes into an ATM cloud.  Using OSPF allows for dynamic failover and VOIP traffic continues to work via QOS/ADAC.  We have a mix of G650's, G350's, and G450's as remote gateways as well as a pair of IP Offices.
With IPFix, we track users' behavior as well as run Flow Analytics (tm) against them via Plixer's Scrutinizer (tm).  Having this capability at the L-2 edge at no cost has been a significant method of catching malicious behaviors when they initiate (Confiker, for instance).
We are looking into enhancing our VOIP capabilities with Session Manager and supporting other internal initiatives like Microsoft Lync and RightFax.  Session Manager will make this an almost transparent connective means for the third-party devices.
We have purchased Identity Engines and plan on rolling this out within the next three months.  Having a NAC solution that integrates both with the switches as well as with Active Directory will be a great asset to minimize security risks.

Dave R.

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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2012, 03:21:20 PM »
We utilize Avaya data hardware and are impressed with the features and pricing for campus networking. Being in a true multi-vendor environment, the Avaya 8600/5500 combo has been the cornerstone (post 4.1.6) of our 99.99 data delivery goals. We highly anticipate our new VSP9k hardware arriving this month, and cannot wait to experiment with the SPB that dazzled us in the old MERS platform lab years ago.

Avaya has made some paths into the routing and wireless space within our organization with some solid products. I hope they are able to keep focus on their bread and butter platform - we've grown to appreciate the Accelar/Passport/ERS/VSP and the ability to truly demonstrate fault tolerance in the campus space... sometimes just for the fun of it.

Viva la Bay Nortel Avaya

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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2012, 04:25:16 AM »
Since 2005 we have two 8600's in SMLT cluster with about 40 stacks of 5520/5510 connected to those 8600's in SLT. In 2008/2009 we upgraded our 8600's with a suppermezz - so they are now called 8800's;-). The number of stacks has grown to 60 in the past years and consists now of stacks of 5520/5510 and 4524 or 4548PWR. Also the last year we implemented also a few 5632 stacks who are running is a SMLT-cluster. Because of the growth of more networkports we als placed a stack of a 5698's. We are now looking to replace a stack of 5632 with two VSP7000's because the 5632 has a lack of 10 Gig ports and the VSP7000 has 24 SFP+ 10 Gig. Also our 8600's have now 4 8630 (1 Gig)cards each and 3 8612 (10 gig cards) each. Because the need for more 10 Gig connections (Vmware & VDI) we are thinking to replace the 8600's with VSP9000's. Most of our servers are directly connected to our 8600's in SLT.
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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2012, 08:34:28 AM »
Since October 2008 have been managing two 8600. In the beginning they were isolated chassis but two years ago I changed to a SMLT/IST scheme with VoIP running on them and a Nortel PBX.
I have several ES470 as edge devices connecting PoE Nortel IP Phone and two ESR5510 in a backup Data Center.
Also I have at least a hundred BS450 in remote offices and my company is planning to change them to ERS4500.


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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2012, 09:24:59 AM »

We have been using AVAYA notworking products for 4 years.
We have voice, data and security solutios

Everey day our AVAYA equipment connects 5000+ users, more than one million calls a day. Also we serve wireless lan to more  than 2000 users. And data access for more than 5000 users and about 1000 mission critcal server.

Our Dual 8800 core and 8600 distribution layer has proven reliability and over 99.9999% up time.
As our organization has grown multple routing protocols have been succesfully deployed. We have one of the bigest and more complex non carrier networks in our country.


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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2012, 04:00:37 PM »
We have been a Nortel consumer for our phone services and networking needs since Day 1 back too many years ago.  We have now switched to Avaya and continue this business relationship.

We are actively upgrading our telephony towards IP phones (1100-1200 Avaya Phones mostly) and we just completed an overhaul of our network Backbone consisting of two Passports 8600 now upgraded to new CPUs and new software.

We avec over 80 stacks and over 210 individual switches in our network.

We cover networking needs for 2000 employees on our campus and a total of 12 000 students each year.

Overall very pleased with the products and the service.  The switch from Nortel to Avaya has been smooth so far and we look forward to new innovations in the coming years.

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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2012, 04:20:53 PM »
Hi !

We are a long time Avaya Nortel customers. We have started with Accelar, 450...we can open a museum :) Now we have 8600 at the core network between 2 sites and 55XX at the edge with SMLT. Other 8600 are connected at level 3 with VRRP, OSPF and QoS policy.

Best regards

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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2012, 06:20:14 AM »
Good Morning!

We are an Avaya Data shop and we are ABC (anything but cisco) as my Manager likes to call it. We are all nortel/avaya and have 3 "core" sites that are running 8600's. Our data center core has two 8600s running layer 2, we do all the routing with our firewall. The 8600s smlt out to our server farm where we have 20+ top of rack 5530s and 5698s connecting our various servers.

We have 600+ remote sites with either an 1100/1750/2700/5000 contivity router. Our core encryption domain has 7 contivity 5000s and 2 2700s that our 600+ sites connect to.

This is all managed by only a couple people and with the 1100 not being produced anymore it really puts a hinder on us bringing on new sites.

We have about 30,000+ users daily during the 9-5 but we are 24/7/365.


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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2012, 12:53:11 PM »
We are a pretty mixed up system right now. Our remote offices and other sites are all Cisco layer 2 and 3, most of our data center and infrastructure on site is Cisco, but the core routing and floor switches are Extreme Networks.

Our enterprise pbx is Nortel, which is now Avaya and we're looking to upgrade to the current Avaya session and system manager in order to bring the Avaya Definity pbx that we use in our call centers under one management umbrella. Upgrading will also allow us to integrate our video conference system to work better too. We use a mix of Nortel and Avaya voip and tdm phones depending on which system they connect to. We are also working on using voip over VPN phones.

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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2012, 01:12:29 PM »
My organization is a longtime Avaya data, voice and video customer - so long in fact when I joined this company 18 years ago, they had Synoptics hubs in wiring closets.  Later, we moved to Bay AN/ARN/ASN routers with diverse protocols as BOT (Bisync over TCP), DLSw/SDLC and IPX. Our Info Services museum even has our first Ethernet switch, a Bay 28115/ADV!

On the data side we run a very diverse network, including an 7-node dark-fiber ring MetroE network (with two 8600/8800 and the remainder ERS 5520 with OSPF licenses), 10 "lit" MetroE sites from two different providers (most 150-200 miles away) also using the 5520 platform with OSPF licenses, 20+ IP/MPLS sites with Secure Router 1002 and 3120, and small standalone remote DSL sites with VPN Router platforms (221, 1050/1100).  Add to this the additional 50 or so closet ERS 5500 and 5600 single and stacked switches, along with a few legacy ES 420, 450 and 460 switches.

Voice is provided by two centralized CS1000E platforms, all on 7.5.  One system is set up as HA with the cores (and LEC PRI access) separated by 8 blocks for disaster redundancy.  Within the past year we have completed migration to a total Avaya solution by adding Geographic Redundancy and six remote cabinets in remote rural offices 150-200 miles away from the main system (via fiber MetroE), replacing 3Com NBX systems.  The second CS1000E system hosts 15+ CS1000B branch office systems in rural to small suburban communities in a 60 mile radius.  When we installed our first Option 11c system in 2000 we were on the cutting (bleeding) edge with 3900 sets, Call Pilot 1.06 and RLC/9150 to provide remote IP phones.  We have now augmented and replaced most of this with 1100 series and centralized Call Pilot 5.0.

Recently we installed an Avaya video collaboration solution with Avaya 1040 and Avaya Flare devices, tied into our existing voice network.  We are replacing some Tandberg units that are 8-10 years old, along with bringing video to the desktop.

MTBF is a major consideration in our network.  Equipment failure at a site means putting a technican in a car and driving and hour or two.  Items must survive power failures and bad power (even with UPS equipment), lightning strikes, environmental abuse (not by choice), lousy provider circuits, etc.  One feature frequently fogotten is the port testing TDR in the 5500 switches for remote testing cabling connections.
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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2012, 03:54:27 PM »
We use Avaya products since the time of Synoptics and Bay Networks... lot's of different products have been put to good use and retired after typical long lives.

We currently operate around 450 devices, ranging from aging ES350's, BPS2000's, 450's, 460's, 470's, 425's to the newer line of 2500 to 5500 ERS's. Our 8600's are from 2003 to 2005, and still rocking and coping with all the traffic increases over time.

And yes, with devices putting 365+ days of uptime on a regular basis, we can't complain...

Been investing in management tools like COM and VPFM, but there Avaya still have some work to do to match other offers...

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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2012, 06:26:36 PM »
The company I am currently contracted to is a long time Nortel/Avaya shop.  They have multiple mission critical locations that can't go down.  For that reason they are using clustered 8600's with SMLT links to switches and LACP connections to blade server enclosures.  As they are expanding their offices they are adopting Avaya IP phones in place of the traditional digital sets as well, saving network ports and deployment time.

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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2012, 01:24:35 AM »
been a Nortel/baynetworks customer since the 90's we still hae out cs1000 and 5510/5520s we were flapping in the wind after the dimise of Nortel. We wandered around buying HP and Juniper but finally got back on track thanks to our AVAYA rep


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Re: Avaya Sweepstakes - Apple iPad2 WiFi + 3G
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2012, 02:18:36 AM »
I've used 2 x Nortel 8600 in cluster at my previous job with 100% uptime in more than 2 years. Currently, I'm working for an Avaya Reseller.