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Unified Communications Interoperability Forum formed

HP, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Logitech/LifeSize and Polycom have formed the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF). The organization (www.ucif.org) “seeks to unify” the fragmented UC ecosystem by enabling standards-based inter-vendor UC communications interoperability – i.e. what enterprise customers really want.

Other companies signing up for the effort include Acme Packet, Aspect, AudioCodes, Broadcom, BroadSoft, Brocade, ClearOne, Jabra, Plantronics, RADVISION, Siemens Enterprise Communications, and Teliris.

Hmm, doesn’t seem like Cisco has shown up yet….

UCIF says it is the first and only entity working across all UC “modalities” to deliver interoperability based on existing standards. UCIF-certified products are being touted to help reduce implementation risk and complexity, thereby helping to grow the worldwide market.

The organization will identify common customer usage scenarios and throw, er leverage existing industry standards to resolve interop issues. UCIF will also develop verifiable interoperability testing and certification of UC products.

Interesting, the forum is placing its initial focus on video and telepresence solutions. “Guided by customer feedback” (i.e. people have complained loudly), the forum will place specific emphasis on signaling planes, video codecs and protocols, endpoint configurations, and firewall traversal technologies, thereby facilitating broader video adoption and communication across multiple organizations and between platforms.

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