Orange Business Services Adds Riverbed’s Aternity to Support SD-WAN

sdxcentral | June 07, 2019

Orange Business Services (OBS) added Riverbed’s Aternity application network performance management tool to its existing Visibility as a Service (VaaS) offering. It’s also offering Aternity it as a managed service within its VaaS portfolio.Laurent Perrin, director of product marketing for application-driven networks at OBS, said the provider’s earlier VaaS offer was based on other technologies from the Riverbed SteelCentral portfolio as well as from Infovista. Perrin explained that the addition of Aternity will bring a comprehensive view of the end-user experience, allowing the identification of the cause of a performance issue for the end-user. It also makes it possible to perform analysis on performance trends, to proactively optimize the infrastructure, monitor the usage of new digital applications, and also help with business processes efficiency analysis. This makes the solution relevant not only for IT divisions within companies but also for different business lines, Perrin said.

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This document provides procedures for deploying the Avaya Aura® Communication Manager virtual application in the Avaya Aura® Virtualized Environment. This document includes installation, configuration, initial administration, troubleshooting, and basic maintenance checklists and procedures. The primary audience for this document is anyone who is involved with installing, configuring, and verifying Avaya Aura® Communication Manageron a VMware® vSphere™ virtualization environment and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) at a customer site.

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