Market Update: Broadsoft Introduces Cloud-based Video

BroadSoft Offers Cloud-based Videoconferencing: BroadSoft is introducing BroadCloud Video, a high-definition, software-as-a-service-based videoconferencing service offered through service providers. The IP communications software vendor is filling out the features of its BroadCloud cloud-based delivery platform, complementing its BroadWorks VoIP platform, which enables service providers to offer their end user customers a range of communications services including video, fax, voice and e-mail from one platform, according to the company.

ShoreGroup Announces Continued Expansion in West: ShoreGroup Inc., a premier professional services, management system software development, and system and remote management service solutions firm, is pleased to announce the opening of a sales and service office in Denver, Colo., to serve Western U.S. markets. This expansion includes the hiring of a number of key industry-leading professionals in Denver, Colo., and surrounding areas, to support ShoreGroup’s national contact center, collaboration, Cisco Unified Computing System and unified communications sales, consulting and operations practices. 

Aspect Leverages Acme Packet Enterprise SBCs with Verizon IP Trunking and Microsoft Lync: Acme Packet, the leader in session border control solutions, today announced that Chelmsford, Mass.-based Aspect, a global provider of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) services and software, has deployed Acme Packet’s Net-Net Session Director (SD) enterprise session border controller (E-SBC) to enable the SIP trunking connection between Aspect’s Microsoft Lync 2010 UC&C environment and Verizon’s IP Trunking service. The Net-Net SD was recently qualified under Microsoft’s Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program (UC OIP) with Microsoft’s Lync 2010 Server and Verizon’s IP Trunking service.

Empirix Introduces UC Assurance Platform: Empirix Inc., a market leader of service quality assurance solutions for end-to-end comprehensive customer experience management of mobile broadband and IP-based communications systems, today announced the introduction of its Unified Communications Assurance Platform, a comprehensive system for testing and monitoring communication networks. 

Crossbeam and Actiance Partner: Crossbeam Systems, Inc. and Actiance today announced a strategic partnership that combines Actiance’s Unified Security Gateway with Crossbeam’s latest X-Series family of network security platforms. The combined solution will empower large enterprises to easily manage, secure and enforce the compliant use of critical enterprise Web 2.0 applications, social networking, instant messaging and other collaborative tools over their networks.

The Focus of UC Summit 2011: Leaders from all aspects of the unified communications industry are gathering in La Jolla, California, March 27-30, 2011, for a two-and-a-half day conference, presented by UCStrategies, focusing on networking, building new relationships and product/market education. 

USA Mobility Acquires Amcom Software: Last week wireless paging giant USA Mobility bought Amcom Software for $163.3 million in cash. USA Mobility used $110.8 million of cash on hand and $52.5 million through a credit facility from Wells Fargo Capital Finance. The acquisition helps modernize USA Mobility’s messaging services beyond legacy paging services and into messaging and unified communications.

Cisco Cuts Price of Umi Videoconferencing: Cisco dropped the price of the consumer version of its Umi high-definition videoconferencing system on Monday and introduced a less-expensive model with lower resolution, as the company looks to entice more consumers and businesses to consider Umi.

IntelePeer SIP Trunking Earns Qualification to Support Microsoft Lync Unified Communications: IntelePeer Inc., a leader in the delivery of communications via cloud-based infrastructure, announced its SIP Trunking services have been qualified for interoperability with Microsoft Lync 2010.

NetEnrich Introduces Comprehensive Managed Services for Solution Providers: NetEnrich, the IT channel’s top source for delivering a comprehensive suite of IT infrastructure services (IT-as-a-Service) to solution providers, today launched a new networking practice consisting of an expert, secure operations center fully staffed 24×7 to provide managed IT infrastructure networking services that enhance and augment the unified communications offering delivered by IT solution providers. 

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