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Unified Communications Week in Review: Damaka, FlexITy Solutions, Virsae

May 30, 2015

Concerned that a holiday week might slow the flow of news in unified communications (UC)? Not so, as we discovered this week; Memorial Day couldn't keep a huge slug of news from hitting the field. With a normal weekend now at hand, it's a great time to take a step back and consider the larger implications of all this news, a process we'll make easier with our Week in Review coverage!

First we had a look at Damaka's Amadeo line of unified communications and collaboration (UCC) tools, making a move to regular televisions thanks to a new connection with Android TV. Essentially, thanks to this move, the home-based employee will get some powerful new options for keeping in touch, and right from the living room, adding both meeting and HD video calling capabilities to the largest, clearest screen in the house. That's great news for companies looking to establish more work-from-home options yet wanting to maintain connection to the main office.

Next came a look at FlexITy Solutions' recent westward expansion. FlexITy, already well known as a UC and cloud services provider, brought a new data center online in Manitoba, a multi-million-dollar operation that gives Western Canada access to cloud-based hosting and UC operation. It's one of just a few such facilities in all of Canada, and as a result should generate 20 new jobs to begin with as well as $4.5 million in both provincial and federal tax revenue. FlexITy has been previously seen establishing new connections in the city of Winnepeg, a move that meant major savings and improve d services.

Capita stepped in next, purchasing Pervasive to step up its own push in the mobility sector. Pervasive's offerings will allow Capita a new focus in bring your own device (BYOD) services, as well as networking and mobility options. Once the purchase goes through, Pervasive will become Capita IT Enterprise Services Team, a motion which is hoped to give Capita extra edge in higher education, healthcare, and government support.

Then we had a look at Dell's new push in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector, building a new corporate division geared toward bringing out new solutions that can offer a full solution covering hardware, software, and services alike. It's already brought one product into the field, a new IoT gateway designed to not only develop IoT applications, but work with several different operating systems. It can be desk- or wall-mounted, features a dual-core processor and was specifically designed for reliability.

Finally we had a look at Versae, who brought out a new initiative to raise funds to expand globally. Versae wants to raise $3 million, which it's looking to do in equity investment, to help fund a push from its current New Zealand location to let it tap into both United States and United Kingdom markets. It has previously turned to partners like Arrow and Azzurri, but with this expansion, Versae hopes to be at the forefront of the potentially huge UC service management market.

That was the week that was in UC, and plenty was on hand even for a shortened week. With companies advancing on new markets and bringing out new products, our global online community faced no shortage of things to talk about. So be sure to join us back here every week for all the latest news, and every weekend as well for our Week in Review coverage!

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