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Cloud computing storming (and obscuring) at all levels: SMB, Tier 1, IP Centrix (ugh)

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Everyone is on the cloud computing bandwagon, making it the “it” marketing term for people explaining exactly what they do (and the UC people should be scared because cloud is overrunning “UC”).  Tier 1 service providers, including Verizon Business and France Telecom, are storming ahead while other people use more – shall we say [...]

eZuce launches enterprise open source solution based up SIPfoundry work

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Newly launched eZuce (www.ezuce.com) comes with some familiar names in the IP PBX world. Hoping onto the UC bandwagon – ok, so everyone is these days – eZuce openUC is bragging about seven years of development through SIPfoundry efforts.

Founder Steinmann started up SIPfoundry and the sipXecs project in 2004, along with morphing [...]

Polycom, Microsoft embrace over UC

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Polycom (www.polycom.com) and Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) have declared their love, er a “global strategic agreement” for developing and marketing “integrated,” standards-based unified communications (UC) solutions.

The agreement makes Polycom a member of Microsoft’s “key strategic global alliance” for UC; both sides will invest in product development, sales, and marketing.

Polycom will develop a broad [...]

Verizon business will “trial” hosted Cisco UC solution

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Verizon Business (www.verizonbusiness.com) will run field trials of Cisco’s new Hosted Collaboration Solution for the next two months.

The trial is expected to enable participants to see how cloud-based UC&C (unified communication and collaboration) capabilities can be used quicly and cost-effectively across an enterprise.

Participants include  “a multinational auto manufacturer, a woman’s [...]

Digium Switchvox gets IPhone, Blackberry app boost

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Digium (www.digium.com) has announced the availability of Switchvox Mobile applications for iPhone and Blackbeery.  The freely downloadable apps integrate with the Switchvox VoIP/UC solution to bring “advanced UC” functionality to users when they are away from the office.

The Switchvox Mobileapps are connected to an employee’s phone extension so when mobile workers make a [...]

Unified Communications Interoperability Forum formed

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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, [...]

Sipera secures $10 million

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UC/VoIP security firm Sipera (www.sipera.com) has raised $10 million in VC money. The money will go to “advance” its enterprise smartphone/VoIP/IM/video security systems.

All total, Sipera has tallied up $48 million in venture investments; new investor S3 Ventures lead the most recent round with prior investors Austin Ventures, Duchossois Technology Partners (DTEC), Sequoia [...]

VoiceCon/Connect Enterprise: Sipera unveils UC security for the iPhone

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Orlando, FL – For VoiceCon, Sipera Systems (www.sipera.com) has announced secure UC for the iPhone using its SLIC secure smartphone UC solution.

The company says SLIC – a finalist in the “Best of VoiceCon”  voting – provides enterprise-class communications privacy, compliance, and security, enabling enterprises to use VoIP, UC, cloud telephony and other communications [...]

ADTRAN enters Unified Communications (UC) market

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ADTRAN (www.adtran.com) entered the unified communications (UC) market last month.  Whatsup with that?

More seriously, you have a traditional telecommunications hardware firm jumping into the fuzzy world of software solutions as a complement to the next step up the IP PBX food chain — more applications.  Once you add VoIP and PBX functionality, the [...]

ADTRAN in pictures - Part 1 - Welcome and Introduction to UC

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WARNING: Some of the pictures below are pretty big and might freak out your browser and/or cause slow load times for this page.

Last week, I and about 26 other analysts and media were in Huntsville, Alabama as guests of ADTRAN.  The company was making its introductory launch of a unified communications (UC) software [...]