Unified Communications Buzz Grows
Here's a sampling of updates.
The VAR Guy has spotted a rather interesting trend in his email inbox. In recent days, he’s received a flood of email about the unified communications market. Seems like Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and several other companies are now using online and face-to-face events to educate target customers about unified communications.
Here’s a sampling of updates.
- F5 Networks says its latest network application acceleration technology supports Office Communications Server 2007, Microsoft’s flagship unified communications platform. F5 says its technology directs network traffic among servers running Office Communications Server 2007 to provide high availability and scalability.
- Unified communications is transforming communications at Indiana University, allowing students, faculty and staff to easily connect and interact with one another, across a myriad devices and locations.
- Campus Technology Magazine on November 1 is hosting a Webinar to explore how Indiana University has moved to a unified communications network. The event, sponsored by Nortel, reinforces the fact that higher education networks are among the first to embrace unified infrastructure. (Full disclosure: The VAR Guy has written for Campus Technology from time to time.)
- Separately, IBM and Nortel on November 14 are hosting a unified communications seminar in New York. It’s interesting to see Nortel hitting the road with IBM. In recent months, Nortel has worked most closely with Microsoft on unified communications.
- And Cisco, as The VAR Guy expected, is pushing harder to promote its unified reach to mobile devices. The networking giant will discuss its mobile device strategy during a video webcast on November 5. Watch for HP, Nokia and Intermec to make appearances on the videocast.