Market Update: ShoreTel Acquires Agito

Companies in the news this week include Telmar Network Technology, Tango Networks, NEC, Black Box, Broadvox, Cypress Communications, Alliant Technologies, Cisco, Damaka, Google, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ , AIM, Datapoint, Corebridge, Sipera Systems, Esnatech VMware, Strategic Products and Services, Nortel and Avaya.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Oct 22, 2010
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ShoreTel Acquires Enterprise Mobility Leader Agito Networks: ShoreTel, the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications, today announced it has acquired Agito Networks, a leader in platform-agnostic enterprise mobility, for approximately $11.4 million.

Telmar Network Technology Partners With Tango Networks to Provide Mobile UC Solutions Worldwide:
Telmar Network Technology announces a strategic relationship with Tango Networks to resell its mobile Unified Communications solutions in Central and Latin America, and provide spare parts management and out-of-warranty repair services to Tango's global customers. For over 46 years, Telmar has delivered solutions that extend the life of critical network equipment, generate significant cost savings and increase operational efficiencies for OEMs, Enterprises and Network Service Providers around the world.

NEC, Black Box Renew Relationship with Multi-Year Contract: Black Box Corporation, an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and product solutions, and NEC Corporation of America (NEC) today announced a contract extension that encompasses all NEC appliance-based, software-based and unified communications solutions and continues Black Box Network Services' ability to sell and support NEC's enterprise communications portfolio through June 2016. This agreement expands a business relationship encompassing more than 20 years.

Leading VoIP and Unified Communication Providers Announce Merger Agreement: Leading VoIP and unified communication service providers – Broadvox and Cypress Communications – announce the signing of a merger agreement. Award-winning hosted unified communications provider Cypress Communications is known for helping to define the unified communications as a service (UCaaS) category and has been providing hosted communications to small and mid-sized businesses and enterprises (SMBs and SMEs) for more than 25 years. As a worldwide communications leader, Broadvox has nearly a decade of experience in providing SIP Origination and Terminating services to carriers. In 2007, Broadvox began offering SMBs and SMEs various SIP Trunking products and this year expanded the offering with virtual PBX hosted services.

Alliant Technologies Completed Cisco Gold & Master Unified Communications Partner Recertification Audit: Alliant Technologies announced today that it has achieved recertification as a Cisco Gold & Master Unified Communications Partner. To earn Gold Certification, Alliant had to meet rigorous standards for networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction set forth by Cisco.  The Master Unified Communications designation recognizes channel partners with the highest level of Unified Communication expertise, lifecycle services and success in sales.  This specialization recognizes Alliant as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated applications-based Cisco Unified Communications solutions.  

Damaka Introduces World's First Two-Way Federated Video Calling on the Go: Damaka, a technology pioneer in mobile unified communications and collaboration (UCC), today unveiled Arenix, a mobile multiprotocol messaging and video collaboration platform that enables video, voice and text communication on any smartphone over any network via popular instant messaging services. Arenix connects smartphone users with their contacts across popular instant messaging providers including Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, ICQ and AIM. The Arenix Client unifies users' buddy lists from all of their instant messaging providers via a unified communication messaging platform. With a convenient single sign on interface, Damaka's Arenix removes the need to launch multiple applications to connect with friends across different instant messaging providers.

Datapoint Signs Corebridge and Sipera Systems to Unified Communication Practice:
Datapoint, a leading communication systems integrator for businesses, announced that it has added Corebridge, the unified communication (UC) productivity software and Sipera Systems, the leader in real-time Unified Communications enablement and security to its Unified Communication Practice. Corebridge provides UC productivity middleware to speed up and simplify communication across different information systems and sources, while Sipera overcomes the emerging issue of UC security.

Esnatech Delivers Virtualized Unified Communications: Esna Technologies Inc. (Esnatech), a market leader in enterprise Unified Communications, has launched version 8.0 of its market-leading communication and collaboration software that enables mobility, messaging, and presence integration with both on-premise and cloud-based business applications and processes. Its support for VMware Vsphere allows organizations to take advantage of their existing virtualization investment and easily integrate Unified Communications services to their existing business infrastructure with minimal change and overhead investment.

Strategic Products And Services to Announce New Business Division Focused on Heritage Nortel: Strategic Products and Services (SPS) will announce a new business division focused on heritage Nortel users at the upcoming NEARMUG Conference, October 24th to October 27th at the Hyatt Regency in Newport, Rhode Island. A Platinum certified Avaya Global Connect channel partner, SPS specializes in the design, installation and support of converged communication solutions, advanced IP telephony applications, unified communications, contact center, network infrastructure and mobility solutions. SPS holds the prestigious "Service Expert" and "SME Expert" endorsements from Avaya and has been recognized as one of North America's top technology integrators.

Aspect Enhances Workforce Optimization Offering With Latest Performance Management Release: Aspect, a global provider of unified communications and collaboration services and software, today announced the general availability of Aspect Performance Management 7, comprising new capabilities that build on Aspect's comprehensive suite of Workforce Optimization (WFO) solutions. The new release enables organizations to more effectively leverage information from the contact center to gain a holistic/360 degree view of their business operations and workforce to improve efficiency and performance.

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