Market Update: Adobe Releases Connect 8

Companies in the news this week include Smoothstone, Acme Packet, SIPHON Networks, Spectrum Solutions, Transcend United Technologies, Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, ShoreTel, Riverbed, ABI Research, Frost & Sullivan, Logos Communications Systems, Yealink, BroadSoft, Twitter, XVD Corp., Facebook and Microsoft.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Nov 4, 2010
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Adobe Unveils Adobe Connect 8: Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe Connect 8, a significant update to the company's Web conferencing solution for powering effective and engaging Web meetings, online training and webinars. Based on the virtually ubiquitous Adobe Flash Player software, the latest version provides enterprises and governments worldwide with broad capabilities for delivering rich experiences across multiple devices, while maintaining easy, reliable meeting entry.

Smoothstone's Cloud-Based Enterprise Communications Applications and Services Available in Europe: Smoothstone IP Communications, the leading provider of cloud-based enterprise unified communications applications and services, announces the expansion of its services to European markets. As a result of its international footprint expansion, Smoothstone's cloud-based enterprise communications applications and services are now available in key European markets, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Switzerland. Enterprises in those countries now have full access to Smoothstone's application-aware managed MPLS network services, along with its innovative portfolio of cloud-based PBX, contact center, IP Centrex and SIP Trunking solutions.

XVD Launches EspressoHD Telepresence Solution in North America: XVD Corporation, makers of world renowned and patented video technology, today announced a low cost, easy-to-use, high quality HD telepresence solution called EspressoHD that works in a wide range of environments, including those that require minimal power and that have low bandwidth.

Acme Packet and SIPHON Networks Enable Cloud-Based Unified Communications and SIP Trunking Services:
Acme Packet, the leader in session border control solutions, today announced that seventeen customers have deployed its Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) with SIPHON Networks Ltd., a leading European provider of solutions for the design, supply, delivery and integration of voice over IP (VoIP) and Unified Communications (UC) technology. The joint implementations stem from an existing resale and support agreement through which SIPHON Networks offers Acme Packet Net-Net SBCs as part of its solutions portfolio for cloud-based telephony service providers. The SBC solution serves local and regional service providers across Northern Europe where SIPHON Networks has a strong reputation as a leading systems integrator for hosted communications services.

Spectrum Solutions Joins Forces with Transcend United Technologies to Create a Large Technology Reseller:
Transcend United Technologies and Spectrum Solutions announced today that they are joining forces to create a large IT and communications technology provider with a significant presence in the Twin Cities. The new entity has advanced capabilities working with Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, ShoreTel, Riverbed and other IT and communications vendors, and becomes one of the largest technology resellers in North America.

Communications and Collaboration Have Become a Part of Companies' Lives, Says Frost & Sullivan Survey: The awareness of unified communications and collaboration (UCC) tools has been significantly growing, as a C-level executive uses four to five tools on average per day. The majority of tools available, especially instant and unified messaging is extensively employed at all levels of the organization. With satisfying return on investment (ROI) and anticipated cost savings, companies plan to increase their budgets toward webconferencing, instant messaging and other tools in the coming months.

Black Box To Acquire Logos Communications Systems: Black Box Corporation today announced the acquisition of Logos Communications Systems, Inc. (Logos), a privately-held company headquartered in Westlake, OH. Logos has an active customer base which includes commercial, education and various local government agency accounts. Logos is a silver certified Cisco partner with advanced specializations in unified communications, wireless LAN, routing & switching and security. Annual historical revenues of Logos are approximately $13 million.

Yealink Achieves Validated Interoperability with BroadSoft's BroadWorks: Yealink, the professional IP phone designer and manufacturer announced today that its award-winning SIP-TxP series IP phones has been formally validated with BroadSoft's latest BroadWorks release (Release 17.0). This validation by BroadSoft proves that the devices now work properly with the BroadWorks SIP interface.

Competition Drives VoIP Revenue Growth; UC Infrastructure Market Will Reach $4.8 Billion by 2015, Says ABI Research: According to new data from ABI Research, enterprises are ramping up their investments in VoIP technologies, both on customer premises equipment and hosted VoIP. VoIP technologies are part of enterprise communications products and services that include fixed mobile convergence (FMC), contact center, IP/TDM PBX, messaging, and conferencing and collaboration. The integrated unified communications (UC) suites market, which was adversely affected by the economy, is also poised to see some consistent growth to reach revenues of $4.8 billion by 2015.

Cisco Introduces Customer Collaboration Software to Help Businesses Track and Respond to Social Media Interactions: Cisco today announced Cisco SocialMiner, software that enables companies to find and proactively respond to customers and prospects communicating through public social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, or other public forums or blogging sites. Status updates, forum posts, or blogs from customers can all be monitored in real time, alerting enterprises of conversations related to their brand. Cisco's social customer care solution enables companies not only to monitor the social Web in order to improve business intelligence but also to engage customers that require service.

Microsoft Lync Released to Manufacturing:
Lync Forum is reporting that Microsoft Lync 2010 – the next release of Office Communications Server and Communicator - is now in Release to Manufacturing, or RTM. According to Kirk Gregersen, Lync Senior Director, “Today I have the pleasure of blogging about the final engineering milestone for Microsoft Lync 2010 – the next release of Office Communications Server and Communicator – also known as Release to Manufacturing, or RTM. We're on track for GA-General Availability and planning a worldwide launch event on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.” 

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