Market Update: Windstream Adds Almost 100 Markets

Companies in the news this week also include Apptix, Avtex, Cisco, Convergent, CoroWare, ePlus, Inetium, Ingram Micro, Intermedia, Microsoft, Polycom, Presence Networks, ShoreGroup, Symantec, Thinking Phone Networks and WorkSpace Communications.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Nov 11, 2010
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WorkSpace Communications Creates Marketing Alliance with Ingram Micro: WorkSpace Communications, an integrated communications firm specializing in Microsoft Unified Communications solutions, today announced it is among the first cloud communication and collaboration service providers to be featured within Ingram Micro Inc.'s new Cloud Marketplace. The Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace provides Ingram Micro's resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada access to an aggregated group of cloud-based computing and communications services providers.

Polycom Accelerates Unified Communications Innovation for Enterprise, Mobile, SMB and Consumer Networks:
Furthering its commitment to open, standards-based unified communications (UC), Polycom, Inc., today unveiled plans to accelerate delivery of solutions for UC networks and help drive video communications market growth and innovation through new applications in emerging UC markets -- mobile, small and medium business (SMB), and consumer.

Thinking Phone Networks Rebranding Underscores Enterprise Analytics, Application Integration as Key Unified Communications Drivers: Enterprise cloud communications service provider Thinking Phone Networks today announced a rebranding campaign that focuses on the importance of business analytics and application integration to driving enterprise unified communications deployment success and value. Included in the rebranding is a new corporate identity, a new Web site presence at www.thinkingphones.com and re-naming of the company's suite of enterprise unified communications services which will now be offered under the ThinkingSuite? ecosystem brand.

CoroWare and Presence Networks Team to Offer Collaborative Conferencing Solutions: CoroWare, Inc., a solutions integrator with expertise in high definition (HD) video conferencing, announced today it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Presence Networks Ltd. to cooperatively market and sell an integrated suite of hosted collaboration and HD video conferencing solutions focused on the needs of service providers, enterprise customers and medium-sized businesses.

ePlus Expands Video Collaboration Offering With Acquisition of Interchange Technologies, Inc.: ePlus today announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, has acquired the operating business of Interchange Technologies, Inc. (ITI), a Tandberg Platinum Partner with advanced expertise in audio and video communication technologies. ePlus immediately gains Tandberg Platinum Partner status, adding to its current credentials as a Cisco TelePresence authorized technology provider as well as a Cisco Master Unified Communications specialized and Cisco WebEx certified collaboration solutions partner.

Windstream Expands Unified Communications Services to Nearly 100 Additional Markets: Windstream  announces the expansion of its unified communications services to nearly 100 new cities within Windstream's service area. Windstream's IP solutions combine voice, data and Internet services over the same connection. This allows businesses to save money when compared to separate network connections for phone and Internet services.

Intermedia Reports Sales Momentum for Hosted PBX VoIP Telephone Service: Intermedia, the world's largest hosted Microsoft Exchange provider, announced promising data coming off the first three months of the company's hosted PBX offering. Customer adoption of hosted PBX, which offers companies business-grade VoIP telephone service integrated with their Exchange email, has doubled month-over-month since the August 2, 2010 launch. One of the first customers to sign on, JJ Buckley Fine Wines, already reports positive results, including improved employee productivity and customer service.

Avtex Acquires Convergent: Avtex Solutions, LLC announced today the acquisition of Convergent, a technology solutions provider recognized nationally for its expertise in Microsoft Unified Communications (UC) and storage solutions. This announcement comes two months after the announced merger of Avtex and Inetium, two technology firms of the Pohlad Family Companies. Under the umbrella of the Pohlad Family Companies, the union of Convergent, Inetium and Avtex is part of a broader strategy to integrate complimentary technology organizations, building upon each set of strengths to bring solutions and services to market.

ShoreGroup Earns Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Partner Status: ShoreGroup, Inc., a premier converged network and systems management solutions and IT professional services firm, today announced it has earned the designation of Cisco Systems Unified MeetingPlace Partner. This technology program focuses on delivering a collaboration solution that integrates voice, video, and Web conferencing capabilities that can directly link with an organization's private voice and data network and enterprise applications to provide cost savings, high security, and an enhanced user experience.

Apptix Taps Symantec Hosted Services for Industry Leading Hosted Exchange Email Protection: Apptix, the leading provider of Hosted Unified Communication services including Microsoft Exchange email, Microsoft SharePoint, and business VoIP, announced today that it selected Symantec Hosted Services, a leading provider of hosted messaging and Web security services, as the email protection service for its 300,000 global Hosted Exchange users. Included with all hosted Exchange mailboxes, the service, Apptix Boundary Defense for Email provides comprehensive virus and spam protection, and content control at the network perimeter.

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