Market Update: Avaya Government to Help Injured Vets Communicate

Companies in the news this week are Polycom, McAfee, Damaka, 3CX, TDS, Cisco, Maron Structure Technologies, Enabling Technologies Corp., ShoreTel, Alinean, IBBS, AudioCodes, InnoMedia and Clearcable.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Jul 29, 2010
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Polycom and McAfee Alliance to Further Secure Unified Communications and Collaboration: Marking yet another category-defining innovation for telepresence, Polycom, Inc. and McAfee, Inc. today announced a framework for a global strategic alliance to jointly develop and deliver Secure Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC). With security threats on the rise, Polycom and McAfee are taking a proactive approach to further enhance the security features of Polycom's video, telepresence and infrastructure solutions. Polycom plans to design solutions that feature McAfee threat protection, shielding Polycom telepresence users, from the desktop to the fully immersive suite, from potential and increasingly sophisticated security threats while making it easier to comply with privacy and confidentiality mandates.

Avaya Government Solutions Delivers Unified Communications to Ensure 'Always-On, Always-Available' Care for Veterans: Avaya Government Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Avaya, today announced the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Center at National Naval Medical Center has deployed an end-to-end Unified Communications (UC) network that enables the communications needed in the care of veterans that have sustained brain injuries as a result of their service.

Damaka Extends Unrivaled Mobile Unified Communication and Collaboration Platform to BlackBerry: Damaka, a technology pioneer in Mobile Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC), today announced the launch of its UCC product suite for BlackBerry devices. Damaka's collaboration solution for BlackBerry also features Sweeping technology; Damaka's innovative method of transferring in process collaboration sessions to and from multiple devices, regardless of operating system or network.

3CX Phone System 9 Goes Unified Communications With Video Support: 3CX has released version 9 of its popular phone system for Windows. V9 is a significant upgrade that adds video support as well as enterprise features such as the ability to monitor remote PBX installations via 3CX Assistant and automatic remote installation and configuration of 3CXPhone and 3CX Assistant.

TDS to Offer Managed Unified Communications Service Enabled by Cisco to Small Businesses Across U.S: Today, TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS) announces that it is now offering managedUC, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) managed service utilizing the Cisco Unified Communications (UC) 500 system for Small Business. The Cisco UC 500 system is designed especially for small businesses with locations that have up to 100 employees. TDS is able to offer managedUC to businesses located throughout the U.S., within and beyond its normal service boundaries.

Alliance Builds Foundation for South Central Leader in Microsoft Unified Communication and Exchange Services: Maron Structure Technologies (MST) and Enabling Technologies Corp (ETC) are pleased to announce a strategic alliance to expand their capabilities and provide services together as one entity in the South Central region. Both firms offer Microsoft (MSFT) Unified Communications services to help solve their clients' most important collaboration, connectivity and overall worker productivity issues. While MST has Texas roots and a presence in the Dallas marketspace since 2007, ETC is active in the North American market.

ShoreTel and Alinean Launch Online TCO Tool for Unified Communications Business Case: ShoreTel, the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today announced the availability of the ShoreTel Online TCO Tool – powered by Alinean, the leading developer of research, methodologies and software tools to measure and quantify the value of return on investment from business-to-business solutions. This easy-to-use tool is accessible through ShoreTel's public Web site and is based on the TCO industry standards that Alinean has established, incorporating independent third party research from leading firms.

IBBS to Acquire SinglePipe Creating Fully Integrated Voice and Data Solutions for Cable Operators: Integrated Broadband Services (IBBS), the leading provider of managed communications services for cable companies, today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire SinglePipe, Inc., a top provider of voice over IP solutions for cable. Combined under the IBBS brand, the company will offer fully integrated voice and data solutions for cable companies that seek to expand their residential and commercial service offerings.

AudioCodes Expands Its Family of Enterprise Session Border AudioCodes: AudioCodes, a leading
provider of Voice over IP (VoIP) technologies and Voice Network products, today announced the expansion of Enterprise Session Border Controller (E-SBC) capabilities for the Mediant 1000 and Mediant 3000 platforms. AudioCodes' Enterprise Session Border Controller capabilities target the growing market for SIP Trunking, Hosted IP-PBX, Remote Extension, Contact Center and Conferencing services, providing comprehensive security, mediation and quality assurance capabilities for enterprises interested in exploiting the business benefits of moving from traditional PSTN to SIP Trunking. With this expansion of E-SBC for its Mediant platforms, AudioCodes is seeking to address the needs of those users who want a combined solution of sophisticated Media Gateways with a cutting-edge Session Border Controller, as well as those users who want stand-alone Session Border Controllers.

InnoMedia and Clearcable Team Up to Promote SIP Trunking/Hosted VoIP Products With Smart-DQoSTM in Canada:
This distribution agreement will allow Clearcable to deliver products anywhere in Canada. Clearcable is strategically located in Ontario and, with its focus on mid-market MSOs, it will be able to facilitate the adoption of Smart-DQoS technology as the premier solution to voice system bandwidth prioritization using InnoMedia's ESBC 8528-4B. The InnoMedia ESBC with Smart-DQoS is based on InnoMedia's exclusive Device-initiated DQoS technology.

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