Market Update: Avaya, IBM Collaborate on Unified Communications

Organizations in the news this week include: Siemens Enterprise Communications, Avistar, Microsoft, InfoVista, Cisco, Patton, AVST, Aastra, InterCall, POSTcti, StarView, BroadSoft and Grandstream Networks.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Feb 4, 2011
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Avaya Works with IBM to Expand Integration of Unified Communications and Collaboration Portfolios: Avaya, a global leader in business communications systems, software and services, today announced a broader effort with IBM to integrate applications from the two companies' unified communications and collaboration portfolios. The new integration leverages the IBM Lotus user experience and the Avaya Aura core communications platform to provide customers with a streamlined, easy-to-use interface backed by industry-leading, real-time communications features, quality and reliability.

Siemens Enterprise Communications Debuts OpenScape UC Server Xpress: Siemens Enterprise Communications, a provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, announced the availability of OpenScape UC Server Xpress, a streamlined voice, unified communications and contact center solution for mid-sized companies in a press release. The new solution can be easily scaled with respect to future growth of a company and can be acquired via Siemens Enterprise Communications' reseller partners.  

Avistar Debuts Support for Microsoft Lync: Videoconferencing company Avistar Communications Corp. now supports Microsoft Lync through a new platform. The San Mateo, Calif.-based firm on Tuesday debuted Avistar C3 Unified for Microsoft Lync. The system connects a company's videoconferencing gear and lets users take advantage of the unified communications features within Microsoft Lync. Avistar also said its virtual desktop implementation techniques can fully video-enable Microsoft Lync.

Patton and Elastix Announce Mutually-Certified Unified Communications Solution at ITEXPO East 2011: Patton, a provider of business and carrier-class network access, connectivity, VoIP and mobile video-surveillance equipment, has announced its alliance with Elastix in an open source unified communications distribution.

Voice Mobility Completes Exclusive Long-term Agreement with AVST for Unified Communications Cloud: Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc.,today announced the completion of a long-term agreement with Voice Mobility International, Inc. for the exclusive use of Voice Mobility's unified communications cloud technology, including all intellectual property related to the UCN250 unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) platform. Terms of the transaction included the issuance of AVST equity in exchange for a ten year exclusive license for VMI's UCaaS technology and additional issuances of AVST equity in the future based upon AVST achieving certain revenue and distribution milestones with VMI's UCaaS technology. 

Aastra Demonstrates Enhanced Unified Communications Capabilities for Small and Medium Businesses at ITEXPO in Miami: Aastra, a leading company at the forefront of the enterprise communications market, today introduced the Aastra 700, a unified communications solution for small and medium businesses (SMB). Aastra is well-recognized for its expertise in the SMB market and was confirmed as the number one supplier of call control managers for the EMEA SMB market in 2009 and ranked fourth worldwide.

InterCall Acquires POSTcti:  InterCall, a subsidiary of West Corporation and the world's largest conferencing and collaboration services provider, today announced the acquisition of Preferred One Stop Technologies Limited ("POSTcti"), a leading provider of components, systems, professional services and hosted services for unified communications in Europe.

StarView Solutions Launches New Service Features to PRISM: StarView Solutions, an industry leader of business-ready UCaaS solutions, today announced its first major service addition to its patent pending Provisioning and Integrated Services Management tool (PRISM). PRISM is an industry-leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud-based activation system exclusively targeted to the service provider industry and manages just about all of the aspects of VoIP services. This latest innovation now allows voice carriers to fully control their DID and toll-free origination provisioning on both a wholesale and white label basis.

BroadSoft Completes Interoperability with Grandstream's High-Definition IP Phones and IP Multimedia Phones: Grandstream Networks, the leading manufacturer of IP voice/video telephony and video surveillance solutions, today announced that BroadSoft, Inc., the leading global provider of IP-based communications services to the telecommunications industry, has completed interoperability testing of its BroadWorks platform with Grandstream's newest GXP21xx/14xx series enterprise high-definition (HD) IP phones and the GXV3175/3140 next-generation IP Multimedia Phones.

Fonality Announces Enterprise-Grade Unified Communications Platform: This announcement will enable small- and mid-size companies to leverage Fortune 500-type unified communications and contact center capabilities with advanced features with simplicity and affordably through the cloud.

 

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