Avaya Buys RADVISION

avaya_logo-0312Avaya Inc. today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire RADVISION. Upon closing, RADVISION’s enterprise video infrastructure and endpoints will be integrated with Avaya’s Aura Unified Communications platform to create what they call a “differentiated solution” designed to accelerate the adoption of video collaboration. The RADVISION portfolio includes a full range of videoconferencing products, technologies and expertise serving enterprises, small business, and service providers. It includes standards-based applications, open infrastructure and endpoints for ad-hoc and scheduled videoconferencing with room-based systems, desktop, and mobile consumer devices. The integrated Avaya and RADVISION portfolios will extend intra-company business to business (b2b) and business to customer (b2c) video communications, and also supports internal “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) initiatives.

RADVISION’s SCOPIA Video product line and expertise integrated with the open architecture of Avaya Aura will bridge existing H.323 communications networks and SIP-based environments, delivering scalability and a user experience designed to be intuitive and easy to operate. At the close of the transaction, RADVISION and Avaya channel partners will be positioned to deliver complete UC Video integration, operational support, and professional services.

radvision_logo-0312In the transaction, which has been approved by each company’s board of directors, RADVISION shareholders will receive US$11.85 per share, valuing the transaction at approximately $230 million. The acquisition is expected to close within approximately 90 days assuming the satisfaction of agreed-upon closing conditions.

So, will they still support the ProAV channel? The short answer, RADVISION says yes. In fact, they say it will actually bring access to the Avaya product line to the ProAV channel.

Here’s the official press release:  http://bit.ly/ydSfVt