Market Update: HP Takes an Open Path

HP Pushes Heterogeneous Path to Unified Communications: Several big-name tech companies continue to roll out and hone their respective UC (unified communications) offerings, including Microsoft with its recently unveiled Lync 2010 offering, Cisco and its Unified Computing System and various open source options. HP, however, is taking a different approach to helping organizations’ unify all manner of communication — voice, video, and text — among all manner of client devices, from desktop machines to telepresence suites to mobile devices.

The company has announced a new set of services to help customers proceed down the increasingly complex UC path in a heterogeneous manner, drawing on offerings from a set of able technology partners in Microsoft, Avaya, Polycom and Alcatel-Lucent.

Polycom Completes Acquisition of HP Visual Collaboration Business Unit: Polycom, Inc., a global leader in unified communications (UC), announced the close of its acquisition of HP’s Visual Collaboration business, and the agreement under which Polycom will serve as an exclusive partner to HP for telepresence and certain video UC solutions, including both resale and internal HP deployments.

Multi-Tech FaxFinder IP Fax Over IP Solution Now Rated “Avaya Compliant”: Multi-Tech Systems, a leading global manufacturer of Unified Communications and device networking products for M2M (machine-to-machine) communications, announced that its FaxFinder IP fax server is compliant with key solutions from Avaya, a global provider of enterprise communications systems, software and services.

Mitel DataNet CommSource and IgeaCare Combine Technologies: IgeaCare Solutions is proud to announce the much awaited health care targeted strategic alliance with Mitel DataNet CommSource (Mitel). This alliance has been formed specifically to provide an integrated, telephony-based, nurse call solution to Mitel’s resellers and their customers. This agreement reinforces Mitel’s increased commitment to the HealthCare vertical by offering a Personal Emergency Response solution combining Mitel’s extensive Unified Communications offerings with IgeaCare’s newly launched intelligent, telephony-based, nurse call solutions.

NEC UNIVERGE SV8000 Series Communications Servers Get Skype Connect Certified: NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced communication and IT solutions, announced it has certified its UNIVERGE SV8000 Series Communications Servers with Skype Connect, a business solution that can enable companies to save on monthly communications costs and connect employees with the global Skype community.

BT Picks Soft-ex Solutions for Hosted IP Telephony: BT has selected Soft-ex as a key component in its hosted IP Telephony strategy. The UK giant says Soft-ex’s agile, innovative solutions and flexible support were important factors in the decision.

Office-LinX 8.2 by esnatech Provides Enhanced Mobility, Fax and Document Management Integration: Esna Technologies Inc., a leader in enterprise unified communications, released version 8 of Office-LinX. This award-winning, unified communications platform allows enterprises to integrate UC with cloud-based technologies such as Google Apps, VMware Zimbra and Microsoft BPOS.

KDE Releases 4.7 for Refined User Experience: The KDE open-source project has released version 4.7 of its KDE Software Compilation (SC) suite debuting support for the new Telepathy unified communications infrastructure and a new level of user experience, according to its developers.

Smoothstone IP Trunking Services Now Certified with ShoreTel IP PBX Systems: Smoothstone IP Communications, a subsidiary of InterCall and a leading provider of cloud-based communications for the enterprise, announced that its MaxxConnect IP trunking services are certified to be compatible with IP telephony systems from ShoreTel.

Plus 6 to Provide Telepresence Clients with Global Coverage: Plus 6 to Provide Telepresence Clients with Global Coverage: Media Network Services (MNS) and Plus 6 Technologies announced that Plus 6 Technologies will embed MNS’ global videoconferencing network in their telepresence offering. Plus 6 Technologies plans to provide MNS’ global videoconferencing network across their business, including: telepresence of remote speakers to events and exhibitions, providing managed service clients with a global footprint and enabling Cisco Movi desktop users to call to/from arbitrary locations.

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