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Unified Communications Week in Review: Juniper Networks, AT&T, Unified Inbox

September 20, 2014

It’s the end of another week, and time to take a look at some of the top unified communications stories we’ve been following this week.

Blue Jeans Network, a provider of cloud-based video collaboration services, announced that it was collaborating with Tely Labs. The two companies are planning to build a hybrid cloud and on-premises video conferencing system for small and medium businesses. Blue Jeans for Tely will be interoperable with Skype.

Juniper Networks, a provider of network hardware and software technology, announced that Broadsoft, a cloud-based communications provider, had integrated its routing, switching and security products into Broadsoft’s BroadCloud platform. Broadcloud includes a number of UC features, such as hosted PBX, SIP trunking, instant messaging and video conferencing.

The oil company Shell announced that it has tapped AT&T to provide a UC platform for its employees. This project will be particularly ambitious. The company has more than 150,000 employees and contractors spread across 50 countries. AT&T said that the project is the most comprehensive that it has ever done for any company. Employees will be able to collaborate from anywhere, even on mobile devices.

"We're helping them save money by providing the framework for a mobile environment," AT&T senior vice president Mark Shine said. "AT&T is delivering what it does best so Shell can focus on its core business — providing energy products and solutions for consumers and businesses around the world."

Unified Inbox recently announced that it had acquired SocialGrow for an undisclosed sum. SocialGrow makes it easy to connect across different social networks. According to Steve Anderson, Unified Inbox will integrate more features from SocialGrow into its platform. Users will be able to track social media listings from their email inboxes. They’ll get suggestions based on who they regularly correspond with.

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