Market Update: Polycom Teams with IBM Lotus Sametime

Companies in the news this week include Acme Packet.  Glowpoint , Polycom, IBM Lotus Sametime, BroadSoft , Texas Instruments, Microsoft, Aastra, Mitel, Telstra, U.S. Department of Justice, VBrick, Benbria , Orange Business Services – Trading Solutions, GENBAND and Avnet Technology Solutions.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Oct 28, 2010
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New Polycom Video Solution for IBM Lotus Sametime Helps Businesses Drive Greater Results: Polycom, Inc., a global leader in unified communications, today announced availability of the Polycom Unified Collaboration Solution for IBM Lotus Sametime, a new, integrated telepresence and desktop video collaboration solution for IBM Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC2) environments that enables users to easily connect and collaborate. This enhanced collaboration helps organizations improve productivity, accelerate decision making and lower costs by reducing the need to travel.

Acme Packet and Glowpoint Address Barriers to Business-to-Business Telepresence and Video Conferencing: Glowpoint, Inc., a provider of cloud-based managed services for telepresence, video conferencing and collaboration, and Acme Packet, the leader in session border control solutions, today announced an on-demand video conferencing solution that leverages Acme Packet's Net-Net Session Director (SD) session border controller (SBC), which will be deployed in Glowpoint's Open Video platform for business-to-business (B2B) video communications.

BroadSoft Introduces BroadCloud: BroadSoft, Inc., the leading global provider of IP-based communications services to the telecommunications industry, today announced BroadCloud -- a cloud-based, hosted infrastructure that will serve as the foundation for the company's growing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) communications capabilities. BroadCloud will feature a comprehensive set of Unified Communications (UC) services, enabling carriers to offer enterprise customers a branded UC solution, as well as new online marketplace distribution options.

Texas Instruments' TNETV1072 Processor Optimized for Microsoft Lync: Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) continues to build momentum in the unified communications (UC) space as it announces that its TNETV1072 high-performance processor powers IP phones Optimized for Microsoft Lync. TI's processor enables the enhanced voice experience with UC functions, including presence, in advanced endpoints such as the Aastra 6721ip and 6725ip and the Polycom CX500, CX600 and CX3000 IP phones.

Mitel and Telstra to Deliver Virtualized Communications Solutions to Australian Businesses:
Mitel, a leading provider of unified communications software solutions, today announced that Telstra, a leading Australian telecommunications and information services company, has expanded its portfolio of Mitel products to include Mitel Virtual Solutions. These solutions allow businesses to leverage their investment in virtualization to help reduce maintenance costs, reduce power consumption, and decrease provisioning, installation, and application management overhead.

U.S. Department of Justice Taps VBrick Systems to Advance its Unified Communications Initiatives:
Enterprise IP video leader VBrick Systems today announced that the United States Department of Justice has purchased its recently announced streaming video solution for Microsoft's Office Communicator and SharePoint products. The deployment enables the Department to integrate rich media into familiar unified communications technologies currently used every day (instant messaging, desktop sharing, VoIP, etc.) to dramatically bolster organizational effectiveness and collaboration.

Aastra and Benbria Collaborate to Deliver Intelligent Notification Solution: Benbria, a leading provider of intelligent notification solutions, and Aastra USA, a leading company at the forefront of the enterprise communication market, today announced an integrated cross-media notification solution. Leveraging the latest IP and web technologies, the joint solution intuitively unifies diverse communication mediums into a streamlined and automated notification strategy, enabling the timely delivery of information, alerts and updates to large and targeted groups of people, in both business operational and emergency situations.

ADTRAN Teams with BroadSoft and Polycom on Hosted Services Delivery with Zero-Touch Provisioning: ADTRAN, a leading provider of unified business and converged communications solutions, today announced that it is joining forces with BroadSoft, the leading global provider of IP-based communications services to the telecommunications industry, and Polycom, Inc., a global leader in unified communications, to simplify hosted solutions for the service provider and their customers with the introduction of interoperable hosted communications solution kits. Sized for small, medium and large deployments, these preselected solution kits are a one-stop shop for service providers. Not only are all the applicable networking hardware and phones included, but installation and maintenance services enable zero-touch deployment and provisioning back to the BroadSoft softswitch.

Orange Business Services – Trading Solutions Selects GENBAND to Deliver Rich SIP Product Capabilities: Orange Business Services - Trading Solutions, the leader in voice and electronic trading infrastructure and services for the trading communities, today announced they have selected GENBAND, a leading developer of IP infrastructure and service solutions, to deliver an end-to-end SIP-based communication tool kit for its MPLS-based network that provides services for electronic and voice trading. GENBAND's A2 Converged Application Server has been chosen for this migration to SIP technology to enrich the Trading Community Services portfolio and help improve the communication experience for customers using Orange Business Services - Trading Solutions' TCSnet.

Avnet Technology Solutions Launches New Practice to Create Mobile-Ready Data Centers: Avnet Technology Solutions, the IT solutions distribution leader and operating group of Avnet, Inc., today introduced its newest technology practice, MobilityPath, at the annual Avnet Technology Solutions -- IBM Partner Summit. The practice is designed to help U.S. and Canadian solution provider partners accelerate their mobility, collaboration and unified communications business by providing them with domain expertise and education, as well as technical and market resources needed to hone their expertise. Based on Avnet's proven SolutionsPath methodology for capitalizing on specialized growth markets, MobilityPath will initially focus on data center mobility, collaboration, workforce mobility, and automated identification and data capture (AIDC) solutions.

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