Market Update: Survey Sees High Adoption of Microsoft Lync

Azaleos Survey Finds 30 Percent of Enterprises Plan to Deploy New Microsoft Lync Server: Azaleos Corporation, the managed messaging and collaboration services company, today released the findings of an independent survey conducted by Osterman Research on adoption plans for Microsoft Lync 2010, the renamed and highly anticipated third release of Microsoft’s unified communications (UC) platform. The research found that 30 percent of respondents plan to deploy Lync Server 2010 within the first 12 months of its release, and cited cost savings as one of the main drivers. In addition, among enterprises that have currently deployed a non-Microsoft UC platform, a whopping 23 percent said they will consider moving to Lync Server (formerly known as Office Communications Server).

Aptec to Market NET Portfolio of Unified Communications and Enterprise Border Controller Products: Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. today announced the appointment of Aptec Holding as distributor for the Middle East markets of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Pakistan. Under the agreement, Aptec Holdings will distribute the entire suite of NET products through its strong reseller base to address market demand for enterprise solutions for unified communications (UC) and Enterprise Border Controller applications.

RADVISION Enters New Strategic Partnership With Microsoft: RADVISION Ltd., a leading technology and end-to-end solution provider for unified visual communications including video network infrastructure, developer tools and high definition (HD) room, desktop and mobile video conferencing systems, today announced a new strategic relationship with Microsoft Corp. to deliver advanced integration to Microsoft’s unified communication (UC) solutions.  The relationship was announced at RADVISION’s Global Partner Forum and highlighted in a keynote presentation by Warren Barkley, General Manager of the Lync Partner and Customer Group at Microsoft.    

RADVISION Launches New Partner Program: 
RADVISION Ltd., a leading technology and end-to-end solution provider for unified visual communications including video network infrastructure, developer tools and high definition (HD) room, desktop and mobile video conferencing systems, today announced the establishment of the RADVISION Eye-To-Eye Partner Program.  This comprehensive partner program is designed to enable resellers, distributors and VARs to effectively join forces with RADVISION in offering the SCOPIA line of highly innovative video conferencing solutions. 

Open-Xchange and eZuce Partner to Deliver Next-Generation Unified Communications:  Open source companies Open-Xchange and eZuce, Inc. today announced a strategic collaboration that for the first time offers fully integrated open communications to address the evolving requirements of mid-size to large enterprises, institutes of higher education and government agencies.

8×8 Partners With Polycom to Offer IP Telephony Solutions to Virtual Office Hosted VoIP Subscribers: 8×8, Inc., provider of innovative cloud communications and computing solutions, today announced it has signed a partnership agreement with Polycom, Inc., a global leader in unified communications, enabling it to offer Polycom’s IP telephony and conferencing solutions to 8×8 Virtual Office hosted VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) subscribers.

Empirix and Avaya Professional Services Expand Agreement in Quality Assurance to Drive High Performance in Enterprise Communications: Empirix Inc. today announced an expanded agreement with Avaya, a global leader in business communications software, systems and services, designed to drive higher levels of performance and quality in business communications. With the agreement, Empirix validation technology will support quality assurance for Avaya’s unified communications and contact center offerings. Empirix is the market leader of service quality assurance solutions for IP communications and has been a primary solution validation component of Avaya Professional Services

Patton, 3CX and FaxBack Join Forces to Unveil Mutually-Certified VoIP, iPBX and FAX Solutions: Patton — the leader in business and carrier-class network access, connectivity, VoIP and mobile video-surveillance equipment — announced today a three-way alliance with FaxBack and 3CX that delivers complete, fully-tested and certified-interoperable communications solutions for the new generation of IP-centric enterprise networks.

Zingaya Launches Enabling Phone Conversations Through Twitter:
Zingaya, developer of scalable, high-quality VoIP applications for the web and social media services, today announced the North American launch of, a new service that allows people to make calls through Twitter feeds with the click of a button.

BrightCom Telepresence, Partners to Create New Global Conferencing Offering:
BrightCom, performance leader in integrated telepresence and video conferencing, and, a conferencing service provider announced today a partnership to develop and market integrated telepresence solutions and global communication systems for corporations, government, non profit organizations and commercial customers.

Glowpoint Announces Automated Monitoring and Notification Service: Glowpoint, a global provider of managed services for telepresence and video conferencing, today announced the launch of “NOTIFY,” an automated monitoring and notification service for use with any IP-addressable devices deployed in business video environments. NOTIFY continuously monitors and provides real-time notifications to businesses, and designated maintenance providers, regarding the status of all components in their video environments.

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