Market Update: News (Mostly) from VoiceCon

Most of this week's news came from VoiceCon in Orlando. Companies making announcements include Siemens Enterprise Communications, VMware, NEC Corporation of America, Avistar Communications, Polycom, HP, Brocade, Nectar, Juma Technology, Verizon, Microsoft, ADTRAN, IBM, ShoreTel, Alcatel-Lucent and Dialogic Corporation.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Mar 25, 2010
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Siemens Enterprise Communications and VMWare Partner: Siemens Enterprise Communications, a premier provider of enterprise communications solutions announced today at VoiceCon that it has entered into a strategic partnership with VMware to develop virtualized unified communications solutions that will help organizations optimize their data center resources and lay the foundation for future cloud deployments.

NEC's UCE Portfolio Offers Improved Safety, Business Continuity and Simplified Administration: NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading integrator and provider of advanced communications and technology solutions, today announced new features and enhancements to the UC for Enterprise (UCE) portfolio designed to help improve safety, drive business continuity, and bolster IT administrative efficiency. These solutions are being demonstrated this week at VoiceCon Orlando booth 609.

Avistar Launches New Desktop Videoconferencing Editions: Avistar Communications Corp., a leader in unified visual communications solutions, today introduced six packaged editions of its award-winning Avistar C3 platform that offer breakthrough price/performance.

Polycom Signs Global Agreement With HP for Visual and Unified Communications Solutions: Polycom, Inc., a global leader in telepresence, video, and voice communications solutions, today announced an expanded global agreement where Polycom's complete portfolio of voice and video technologies, including joint go-to-market activity and future joint technology development, will be sold by HP.

Brocade and Nectar to Deliver Management Capabilities for Unified Communications Applications: Nectar Services, a leading software firm specializing in IP communications and managed services, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Juma Technology, today announced that it is working with Brocade to deliver visibility and management capabilities for unified communications (UC) applications deployed over Brocade IP networks.

Verizon Advances Collaboration with Microsoft to Unleash the Power of Unified Communications: Businesses employing Microsoft unified communications software for voice calling, conferencing, instant messaging and user availability can now combine these capabilities with the advanced voice-calling capabilities and cost-management benefits of Verizon Voice-over-IP for a more powerful total solution.

NetVanta Unified Communications Capabilities Create New Opportunities for Channel
Customization:
ADTRAN, Inc., a leading provider of converged communications solutions, today announced expanded opportunities for channel partners to target vertical markets with customized Unified Communications (UC) applications. ADTRAN's NetVanta Business Application Server, part of the NetVanta UC family of Unified Communications solutions, includes the unique ability to develop customized applications utilizing Communication Enabled Business Processes (CEBP) by streamlining tedious, redundant business processes and enhancing customer service using their existing communication system.

IBM and ShoreTel Announce General Availability of ShoreTel for IBM Lotus Foundations:
ShoreTel, the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated Unified Communications (UC), and IBM today announced that general availability of ShoreTel for IBM Lotus Foundations is planned for the second quarter of calendar year 2010. ShoreTel for IBM Lotus Foundations is a unique unified communications and collaboration (UCC) offering for small and midsize businesses.

Alcatel-Lucent's Releases Smart DeskPhone: Alcatel-Lucent announced today an innovative new class of “Smart DeskPhones” that transforms a desk phone into a rich communication experience beyond what mobile smartphones provide. The new phone brings together enterprise reliability, fast, convenient access to multimedia communications capabilities and web applications to create personalized mashups or industry-tailored applications.

Dialogic Announces Survivable Branch Appliance for Microsoft Unified Communications: Dialogic Corporation, a global provider of world-class products and technologies for media and signal processing and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, announced today that it plans to make available a software migration path for its Dialogic 4000 Media Gateway Series (DMG4000 Gateways) to become a Survivable Branch Appliance in time for the release of Microsoft Communications Server "14."

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