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Nectar Offers String of Solutions to Sweeten Skype for Business Proposition


July 18, 2016

Granted, most of us have never really tasted nectar, but we know from general information it's sweet and attractive, at least to bees. For those of us who work like bees, meanwhile, Nectar's line of cloud enablement tools will likely prove as attractively sweet as its namesake as it brings out a set of systems for Microsoft's game-changing Skype for Business in the form of a unified communications management platform (UCMP).

Nectar's lineup of tools will offer a little something for most every part of the process as relates to Skype for Business deployment, touching on four key areas: assessment, active monitoring, diagnostics and planning ahead of deployment or migration. Assessment tools include both enterprise network and enterprise cloud assessment tools, and the active monitoring systems will likewise cover both cloud and network. Meanwhile, the diagnostics slate allows for real-time monitoring of hybrid environments, ensuring that each session is up to par. Lastly, the planning systems for future moves in the sector include both infrastructure inventory options as well as tools to manage the legacy systems involved in the mix that are still running and providing value.

Nectar's senior vice president for UC strategy and global alliances Tom Tuttle commented “The continuous growth of Skype for Business and the vast momentum of the cloud validates the need for extending our core platform to assist enterprises and services providers with the necessary capabilities to plan, assess, monitor, and ultimately enjoy the best possible Skype for Business Online experience. With the growth of Office 365, Skype for Business Online, hybrid and cloud deployments, we are extremely excited for this evolution in UC and what it brings to the market. We continue to work closely with the Microsoft IT Pro Tools Partner team to ensure we meet their high standards and expectations for their Online customers.”

With the demand for UC and its various functions like voice and video steadily on the rise, a complete UCMP like that offered by Nectar can go a long way toward ensuring the best performance. With so much of UC dependent on network capability, being able to smooth out the occasional rough spots that crop up in a network can go a long way toward providing protection for these systems and getting the most out of them. Without that kind of smooth operation, the value of a network-dependent system falls, and Skype for Business is really no exception.

Nectar's tools should ultimately provide the kind of environment that allows the best in UC experiences, especially in regard to Skype for Business. That's a fundamentally welcome development, and if Nectar can deliver, that should make it one sweet offering in the sector.






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