Market Update: Sprint, Smoothstone Offer Cloud Services

Vertical Releases MBX IP: Vertical Communications, a leading provider of next-generation IP-based phone systems and voice applications today announced the release of MBX IP, a converged IP telephony system designed to meet the needs of multi-site small businesses. The availability of MBX IP completes Vertical’s next-gen telephony product line-up with SBX IP and Wave IP, providing powerful telephony solutions to help businesses further increase productivity and efficiency. 

ePlus Technology Makes the Grade(s): ePlus announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, ePlus Technology, Inc., has achieved HP PartnerONE Elite status renewals in virtualization, including the Thin Client Elite track, and Microsoft Unified Communications as well as a new Elite status designation in SAP.

Andrea Electronics Launches Revolutionary SuperBeam Computer Headset: Andrea Electronics, a pioneer and world leader in computer voice enhancement software technologies and computer headsets announced today the introduction of its new revolutionary SuperBeam “boom free” computer headsets. Andrea introduced the first commercially-available digital Array Microphone for the PC industry and has subsequently delivered millions of PC voice enhancement software licenses to top name-brand PC companies. Now Andrea introduces the SuperBeam headset, another first for the computer audio industry.

Smoothstone and Sprint to Offer Enterprise-Class Converged Communications Solutions from the Cloud: Smoothstone, the leading provider of cloud-based enterprise communication applications and services, and Sprint today announced the availability of Smoothstone’s cloud-based voice solutions combined with mobile integration delivered over the Sprint Global MPLS network to provide unprecedented flexibility and performance for the most dynamic and demanding businesses.  

Avaya Expands Conference Room Presence: Avaya, a global leader in business collaboration systems, software and services, today announced it has acquired Konftel, a cutting-edge innovator in audio collaboration technology and one of the industry’s leading conference telephone manufacturers for a cash purchase price of approximately US$15 million (based on currency exchange rates on Jan. 3, 2011). 

Intellicomm Augments Innoport Express with A New Pay-Per-Use Virtual Phone Service: Intellicomm Inc., a leading provider of hosted unified communications continues to innovate by adding a pioneering pay-per-use virtual phone service to its Innoport Express service. Individuals can order a temporary phone number and use it to get voicemail via e-mail, forward it to another number, such as their mobile or landline, or create an auto attendant with multiple extensions, all without a recurring subscription or setup fees. 

Apptix Introduces Platform to Host Applications in the Cloud: Apptix, the global leader in Hosted Unified Communications services including Microsoft Exchange e-mail, Office Communicator Server (OCS), business VoIP and Microsoft SharePoint, announced today that it has launched a new platform to provision and deliver hosted applications. 

D2 Technologies Collaborates with Freescale on Android-based Reference Design with HD Video Call Capability: D2 Technologies, the market leader in embedded IP communications software platforms, is announcing the availability of a new multimedia processor/software solution based on i.MX technology from Freescale Semiconductor. The platform offers OEMs, ODMs and service providers a production-ready solution for devices delivering high-definition voice and IP video calling features. 

BMO Capital Markets Analysts Downgrade Polycom: BMO Capital Markets research analysts downgraded Polycom from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday. 

ESI Unveils Interoperability with Clearfly: Estech Systems, Inc. (ESI), a company focused on digital and IP-based phone systems, and Clearfly Communications, Inc., an infrastructure-based provider of unified communications solutions, announced that ESI Communications Servers have been certified with Clearfly’s Clearphone services. 

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