BT and Polycom join forces on Microsoft UC

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BT and Polycom have announced that they have enhanced their suite of end-to-end, enterprise-class services and solutions based on current and future releases of Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) technologies.  At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, BT and Polycom announced a range of solutions building on BT’s established “UC Ready” networked IT, voice and professional services for implementations of Microsoft UC technologies designed to be deployed on scale and on a global basis. “Enterprises increasingly expect complete UC solutions that are best-of-breed, pre-integrated, and are available via flexible delivery models, such as on-premises, hosted, and hybrid,” said Bern Elliot, vice president and distinguished analyst, Gartner, Inc.

The “holistic” set of UC products and services are said to deliver integrated application, network and system interoperability, combined with a flexible architectures which can be deployed in traditional on-premise, managed service and cloud scenarios.  BT has created reference architectures to give customers the assurance that Microsoft and Polycom technologies will be deployed and managed in solutions that not only consider the server and software platform, but also at the full network impact and utilisation.  With BT’s global SIP networks, recently certified for use with Microsoft OCS and decades of experience supporting legacy and IP telephony, customers can follow a gradual migration that brings all their existing and next generation technologies together into a single unified communications service.

“Customers are looking for effective ways to communicate across their global enterprises, and they want communication to be as flexible, seamless and user-friendly as possible,” said Garry Reichert, Polycom vice president of Strategic Partners.  “BT and Polycom combine to offer a unique end-to-end voice and video solution that is standards-based and natively integrates with Microsoft’s UC platform. This solution gives our customers easy access to powerful, productivity-enhancing tools, while protecting their existing and future UC investments.”

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