Mitel, Vidyo, VMware Team for Virtualized UC, Video Solution
Matching UC with video in a virtualized setting seems like a natural fit, the simplest example of which is converting text-based instant messages to video at the user’s behest — anytime, anywhere. The easier that transition can be made, the more any manner of user will cotton to it.
If delivering business-quality video in a virtualized environment sounds like a big-time opportunity for channel partners, that’s because it is. Let’s look closer:
Specifically, the teaming companies have integrated Mitel’s virtualized Unified Communicator Advanced client software with Vidyo’s VidyoConferencing collaboration solution, delivered as a service via VMware’s View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
Users sign on once to a terminal or use the View client to access videoconferencing, voice, presence, secure instant messaging, audio and web conferencing, document sharing, voice messaging and email.
“Mitel and Vidyo have demonstrated what is possible with a strong partner community,” said Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, VMware End User Computing.
Business customers will benefit from reduced costs, heightened security and simplified management associated with VDI, according to the partnering companies. In particular, SMBs looking to advanced technology such as unified communications and videoconferencing may find this class of solution appealing, widening the market opportunity for channel partners and benefits from adding this solution to their arsenal.
The companies favorably likened their video+UC+VDI technology to a similar rollout this time last year when Mitel and VMware debuted streaming voice to a virtual desktop. In this case, they noted in particular the technical feat — separating communications into the “rich media component and the call-processing component that sets up the connections. The call-processing component is transmitted through the data center whereas the rich media component is transmitted directly to the endpoints, enabling the quality over existing networks without sacrificing performance in the data center.”
The companies will showcase the solution at VMworld 2012, Aug. 26-30 in San Francisco. Mitel also will participate in a series of international VMware events this fall including VMworld Europe in Barcelona, VMware Solutions Symposiums in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and VMware Forum in Singapore and Australia.