Market Update: WorkSpace Communications Launches

Companies in the news this week include Intermedia, Avistar, SCH Distribution, Outsourcery, Patton, Reality Telecom Limited, Polycom, Nortel, Formicary and RADVISION.

WorkSpace Communications Debuts: WorkSpace Communications, a company specializing in subscription-based, unified communications solutions,today announced the availability of its services on a nationwide basis. The company will deliver comprehensive unified communications solutions designed specifically for the small-to mid-sized business sector. WorkSpace Communications is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Overland Park-based CXO Global Solutions. 

Intermedia Launches Hosted SMB UC Service: Intermedia, the global leader in Microsoft Exchange hosting, today launched the first hosted unified communications (UC) service designed specifically for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Called hosted Unison, the service combines telephony, e-mail, instant messaging and more into a single service delivered over the Internet. The service is based on proprietary technology from Unison, a software development company specializing in unified communications, and combines technology and services built specifically for small businesses to create a cost effective, easy-to-manage communications offering that mirrors UC offerings available for large companies.

GENBAND Selected to Acquire Nortel’s CVAS Assets: GENBAND, Inc., a leading developer of next-generation media, session and security gateway solutions, today announced that it will acquire substantially all assets of the Nortel Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions Business (CVAS). The acquisition is subject to court and certain regulatory approvals in Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions, as well as other closing conditions.

Avistar and SCH Distribution Cement Avistar C3 Distribution Deal: Avistar Communications Corp., a leader in unified visual communications solutions, today announced that SCH Distribution, a leading specialist technology distributor, will distribute Avistar C3 solutions through its extensive partner network. Partners with a focus on unified communications (UC) and videoconferencing will be among the first of SCHd’s resellers to make available Avistar C3 solutions.

Outsourcery Acquires the Hosted IP PBX business of Reality Telecom Limited: Outsourcery is pleased to announce that it has acquired the hosted IP PBX business of Reality Telecom Limited, which traded as Call Navigator IP for an undisclosed sum. Following Outsourcery’s launch of Office Communicator (based on Microsoft’s Office Communication Server 2007 R2), which is the foundation for the company’s unified communications strategy, the acquisition will add full IP PBX capability using the leading BroadWorks platform from BroadSoft.

Skincare Testing and Marketing Company Moves from Open Source VoIP to Hosted Unified Communications: CuDerm Corp., a skincare testing and marketing firm with employees who work onsite as well as remotely, transitioned from a well-known open source VoIP platform to Cypress’ C4 IP hosted unified communications.

Polycom Touch Control Provides Unprecedented Telepresence Ease of Use:
Polycom, the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communication solutions, today announced the Polycom Touch Control, an innovative interface device for Polycom room telepresence systems that allows users to control all aspects of their experience using a touch screen that will be instantly familiar to millions of mobile phone and device users.

Formicary Simplifies Instant Messaging Compliance: Formicary, a specialist technology integration company for the financial services industry, has strengthened its Chat compliance offering with two new products which complement its existing ChatSeer application. ChatSeer Exporter and Formicary Ethical Wall have been developed to make it easier and more cost-effective to ensure that the growing number of chat discussions occurring around large organisations don’t slip through the compliance net.

RADVISION Awarded Patent for Video Conferencing via Instant Messaging: RADVISION, a leading provider of video network infrastructure and developer tools for unified visual communications over IP, 3G, and emerging next-generation IMS networks, today announced that RADVISION has been granted a U.S. patent, numbered 7,631,039, for initiation and support of video conferencing using instant messaging (IM).  In accordance with the patent, popular instant messaging services and applications can be used to automatically initiate video conferences providing a significant convenience to business and personal users.
SmartNode Session Border Controller Delivers Any-to-Any SIP Trunking: Patton — the leader in business and carrier-class VoIP, network access, connectivity, and video surveillance equipment — is now taking orders for the SmartNode 5200 Enterprise Session Border Router (ESBR). Providing any-to-any protocol mediation for secure connectivity between IP-PBX systems and Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSPs), the newest SmartNode resolves the security and interoperability challenges businesses face when implementing SIP trunking.

–Compiled from Various Sources

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