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TMCnet Unified Communications Week in Review

November 03, 2012

This past week was a busy one for the unified communications sector. Here's a quick peek at a handful of the unified communications articles posted on unified communications this past week.

First, Microsoft's social network Yammer expanded its e-discovery, data archiving and single sign-on offerings. These expansions were prompted as a result of Yammer's integration with three leading security and compliance providers: Okta, Smarsh and Symantec.

“Security has always been of paramount importance at Yammer,” said Yammer’s director of security engineering Josha Bronson. “Our mission is to maintain the safety of company information and to have advanced security controls in place over every user, application and system.”

Next, Vidyo was recognized by Frost & Sullivan with the 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Enhancement Award. The company has a complete telepresence solution portfolio for universal video conferencing from any end point over any network without the need for costly network upgrades.

"The intimate use of video conferencing in healthcare delivery has created a distinct set of needs and revenue opportunities, which require a significant level of expertise and experience to produce value to the customer," said Frost & Sullivan senior industry analyst Zachary Bujnoch. "Vidyo has displayed a superior, consistent effort to maintain and expand its value to the customer through both established and new applications of video conferencing in healthcare."

Openwave Messaging signed a strategic alliance with Scality, a storage infrastructure innovator, this week. According to the terms of the agreement, Openware will resell Scality's RING Organic stateless storage as part of its Universal Messaging Suite.

RING Organic is storage infrastructure meant for large-scale unstructured data, meant to address the challenges of storing such data. It gives private cloud administrators the approach levels of scalability, resilience and performance previously reserved for the likes of Google.

In other news, Plantronics posted its financial figures for its fiscal second quarter, doing much better than anticipated. Profits hit $179.3 million during the period, up quite a bit from the same period last year. The company expects next quarter to be even stronger.

“We achieved another strong quarter of growth in Unified Communications net revenues, despite a challenging economic environment,” said Ken Kannappan, Plantronics CEO. “Our innovation in the UC market continues to yield new partnerships, applications and products which deliver on our brand promise to simplify communications while increasing organizational productivity.”

Lastly, Polycom unveiled an array of new customer financing choices, making the company's custom-designed unified communications and collaboration offerings more accessible. This new financing model does away with the restrictions of periodical investment.

Specifically, these new financing programs provide an option for small and medium-sized businesses and enterprises alike. The programs are available with zero percent financing for two years, 2.99 percent for three and technology refresh financing.

That's all for this week in review. Head over to the Unified Communications Channel for more news in this sector.

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