TMCnet Unified Communications Week in Review
For this week in UC the best place to start is with some overall good news. As reported in a featured story by unified communications contributor Narayan Bhat, the latest survey conducted by research firm CompTIA (News - Alert) says UC spending, particularly by large organizations, will outstrip overall IT spending in the next two years. However, the article also points out that there remains work to be done by the vendor community with customers who see UC as both ill-defined, and as only vaguely related to other enterprise business process software.
Polycom (News - Alert) continued to build on the news and buzz generated at that it made at InfoComm 2011 (see article “Polycom Debuts New Solutions for Accelerating Unified Communications Adoption”). Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert) has awarded the "Video Conferencing Equipment Vendor of the Year" for the year 2010 in India to the company.
Frost & Sullivan said that Polycom had the highest market share in video conferencing equipment in India in 2010 with a share of 45.2 percent in the $58.5 million market in 2010. Covering multi-point control units, recording and streaming servers, and management applications, part of the company’s appeal is in its development of open collaboration solutions with such UC vendors as Microsoft, IBM, HP, Broadsoft, Juniper, Avaya and Siemens.
Speaking of partnering, as reported by unified communications Contributor Rahul Arora, according to a recent press release, Fujitsu (News - Alert) has entered a partnership agreement with Atmail to offer service providers in ASEAN a jointly developed next-generation unified communication application. The companies will offer a platform that enables mobile subscribers with a single sign-on portal to consolidate communication technologies such as voice, video, chat and email with social networking sites. The portal also will reportedly introduce “a new level of interactions with interactive location based services.”
The importance of security in UC implementations was highlighted in unified communications Contributor Mandira Srivastava’s story about the integration of UC-Sec enterprise communications security solution, a product by Sipera Systems (News - Alert), and its designation as McAfee (News - Alert) Compatible with the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) security management platform.
Zodiac Interactive has recently demonstrated its Social Media and Messaging Solution Suites of its PowerUp AMS Platform. Featured in a story by unified communications Contributor Anshu Shrivastava, The AMS cloud based server farm offers an extendable and re-usable back-end foundation, which Brandon Brown, CEO at Zodiac Interactive stated have “resulted in platform licenses for carrier wide usage by two North American MSOs, which are deploying four Utility Modules and two solution suites.” Aimed at providing service providers to leverage the advantages of HTML5 and OpenGL on tru2way and IPTV (News - Alert), The solutions demonstrated were PowerUp AMS Social Media Application; PowerUp AMS Messaging Application; PowerUp OpenGL Module for tru2way; and PowerUp HTML5 Solution for tru2way.
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