Making good on its promise to extend the functionality of its Aura communications platform, Avaya has released a virtualized version that can be installed on users’ own virtualized infrastructures.

Avaya Aura Virtualized Environment (VE) is certified VMware (NYSE: VMW) Ready and offers the same functionality in scale, features, performance, reliability and redundancy as the appliance edition, said Tac Berry, senior product marketing manager for Aura.

“We think this is a simple, efficient path to enable our partners to get their customers using Aura or to upgrade existing customers to version 6.2,” he said. “This is a lot for simplified compared to having to add hardware all the time.”

Aura VE integrates with and can be managed by VMware vCenter Server tools for diagnostics, provisioning and traffic management, Berry said, and works in tandem with on-premise Aura systems to extend capabilities. What’s more, there is no charge for individual software applications on VMware OVA files — the standard application user licensing fees apply. Current Aura licenses can be transferred, Berry said.

The new version opens a new customer base for Avaya partners in VMware users, and extends Avaya’s offerings to VMware partners looking for another application for their end user customers, Berry noted.

“Avaya partners now can call on VMware-competent customers, who understand the benefits [and] now have the capability of putting realtime communications on the core. Plus, this can give them the opportunity to move to extended features because they have the core at the level it needs to be. It’s about faster adoption with more efficient, less costly upgrades,” Berry said.

Aura VE, available now, also provides Avaya partners with a path to host unified communications for their customers. “They can offer a UC solution per user when in hosted environment,” he noted. “For many, it’s a first step to offer such services.”