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Avaya Introduces New Unified Communications Capabilities for Small Businesses: Avaya today introduced the new release of Avaya IP Office—the company’s flagship communications solution for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Avaya IP Office 6.0 features new unified communications (UC) capabilities that deliver enhanced user experiences to employees in any location. These capabilities include advanced collaboration tools using voice, instant messaging, presence and video to drive a more productive and flexible workforce.

Ceryx Complements its Secure Messaging Platform with Echoworx Encryption: Ceryx, the leading provider of enterprise grade messaging, collaboration and unified communications services has partnered with Echoworx to provide policy based email encryption. With this partnership, Ceryx continues to build a platform that meets the sophisticated security requirements of large organizations.

RedShift Networks Delivers Unified Communications and Collaboration Security for the Enterprise:
RedShift Networks, the leader in Unified Communications Threat Management (UCTM), announced today that it’s bringing to market the industry’s first comprehensive application-aware Threat Management solution for Unified Communications & Collaboration networks.

Cisco Introduces IP-Based Dispatch and Brings Mobile Video to First Responders:
Further extending its Connected Physical Security portfolio, Cisco today announced the Cisco IP Interoperability Collaboration System (IPICS) 4.0 to provide those on the front lines of safety and security with a new way to view, assess and coordinate action for an emergency situation. An intelligent network system that integrates disparate push-to-talk radio together with voice, video, and data networks, Cisco IPICS 4.0 now puts the power of live mobile video and multimedia-enhanced communications into the hands of public safety officials and security personnel from universities and schools, critical infrastructure agencies, businesses, and other first-responder organizations.

Plantronics Calisto 210 USB Handset for Unified Communications Now Rated “Avaya Compliant”:
Plantronics today announced that its Calisto 210 USB Handset is compliant with Avaya one-X Communicator 5.2 and Avaya Aura Communication Manager 5.2. By combining the strength of Plantronics’ audio devices with Avaya communication and user productivity software, the companies are delivering complete Unified Communications solutions that help companies improve business collaboration and reduce operating costs.

VoX Communications Launches Its $69.96 Unlimited Voice and Data Plan on Nokia’s N900 Maemo Smart Phone: VoX Communications, a provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) mobile phone services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Pervasip Corp., has become the first carrier to deploy a mobile-VoIP, unlimited data and voice service on the latest full-featured smart phone from Nokia.

Formicary Launches World’s First Mobile Client for Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat: Formicary, provider of premier Systems Integration (SI) and software solutions, today announces the launch of the world’s first secure real-time enterprise mobile client designed to specifically extend and complement the powerful features of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat.  Formicary Mobile Chat allows users to remain fully connected with their teams using Office Communications Server Group Chat to share and access information in a timely and efficient manner,  reducing phone and email usage and their associated costs while on the move.’ Free Phone System Helps Your Business Sound Professional: Internet phone company just announced a service that could be a boon to new companies that don’t have an office, much less a phone system — Phonebooth Free. It’s normal for a startup nowadays to use personal cell phones for all calls. But there are probably many companies that would rather not, either to appear professional or protect their privacy. That’s where Phonebooth Free comes in.

The Wall Street Journal Names Videoconferencing Innovator Vidyo to Top 50 “Next Big Thing” List:
Vidyo, the first company to deliver personal telepresence, today announced that it was named to The Wall Street Journal’s “Next Big Thing” list of the 50 top venture-backed companies in the U.S. The list is drawn from the approximately 10,000 U.S.-based, privately-held venture-backed companies in the Dow Jones VentureSource database. Among the 50 companies, Vidyo’s Board of Directors ranked 4th out of 50.

Digium Expands North American Distribution Channel for SMB UC with SYNNEX: Digium, the Asterisk company, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with SYNNEX Corporation, a business process services company that services IT resellers, to distribute its Switchvox business phone systems and telephony cards to resellers in the U.S. and Canada. SYNNEX is a distributor that supplies more than 15,000 resellers in North America.

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