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Unified Communications

IDC: 2016 EMEA UC to Reach $11.7bn

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IDC: 2016 EMEA UC to Reach $11.7bn

According to IDC the EMEA Unified Communications (UC) market will reach a CAGR of 10.9% over the next 5 years-- growing from $6.9 billion in 2011 to $11.7bn by 2016. 

"The recession will continue to have a knock-on effect on new shipments of UC&C technologies throughout the forecast period," IDC says. "We don't anticipate an immediate recovery... The current state of the economy is diverting businesses from making investment decisions in new IT technologies and as a result the cost versus ROI of such investments will be a top priority."

Thus UC growth within the region will remain moderate, with only Germany seeing double-digit growth (10.3%) during 2012. France grows by 9.6%, and the UK follows with 7.7%.  Read more...

Avaya Partners Can Sell Radvision

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Avaya Partners Can Sell Radvision

Following the Radvision acquisition, Avaya confirms Connect partners now can offer Radvision Scopia video solutions as part of their UC deployments. 

Avaya acquired Radvision for $230 million back in June 2012, bringing Scopia products and technologies into the Avaya UC portfolio. The acquisition also brings interoperability between Radvision Scopia, Avaya Aura, Avaya Flare Experience, Avaya  series and the one-X Communicator products, with IP Office integration soon to follow. 

Currently Avaya is selecting channel partners for fast-track authorisation Read more...

Masergy UC Heads to the Cloud

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Masergy UC Heads to the Cloud

Masergy launches Global Cloud Communications-- a hybrid voice solutions service promising to simplify migration from legacy PBXs to cloud-based UC services. 

Usually the path to a fully-hosted solution involves either the implementation of voice and data convergence (via SIP trunking) or the transition to a fully hosted UC solution. Global Cloud Communication delivers the best of both, with a solution unique for each customer. 

Global Cloud Communications leverages on recent Masergy acquisition Broadcore-- the Broadcore hosted UC platform is now Read more...

Mitel, Vidyo Tackle Multimedia on VMware Virtual Desktops

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Mitel, Vidyo Tackle Multimedia on VMware Virtual Desktops

VMware virtual desktops get an integrated UCC and video conferencing solution with View-- a joint effort between Mitel, Vidyo and VMware. 

The system combines the Mitel virtualised Unified Communicator Advanced client and the VidyoConferencing collaboration solution into a single unified solution on VMware virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

The companies claim the system represents a technology breakthrough. It breaks communications in 2 pieces-- rich media and call-processing (setting up connections). The call-processing component goes through Read more...

European Multinationals Interested in UCaaS

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European Multinationals Interested in UCaaS

Over 75% of multinational companies in Europe are either evaluating or planning to roll-out Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS), at least according to a Q2 2012 survey from Orange Business Services and Cisco. 

The number of companies currently using the technology is still small, mind-- 8.2% of survey respondents are deploying UCaaS while 6.1% use the technology already. 

However 61.2% of participants are going through the evaluation process of signing up to UCaaS, meaning (in the least) interest is significant.

Why would customers go for Read more...

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