Unify adds hybrid communications platform for enterprises

In UC news, Unify releases a version of its OpenScape platform that supports hybrid communications, while ShoreTel and StarLeaf partner for integrated video collaboration.

Unify Inc. has expanded its OpenScape Enterprise portfolio with the release of the hybrid communications voice platform, OpenScape 4000 v8.

The new hardware offers medium to large enterprises more flexibility by working with existing legacy unified communications (UC) investments and providing a path to an all-IP migration. The OpenScape 4000 EcoServer supports mixed environments and deployment scenarios, while the OpenScape 4000 Branch offers survivability and redundancy for business continuity.

The hybrid communications platform connects to Unify's Circuit for team collaboration capabilities and integrates with OpenScape UC and its mobile client.

The platform offers user-based licensing that complements licensing for OpenScape Voice services to support an eventual migration to all-IP services.

The hybrid communications platform is available now through Unify and its partners.

ShoreTel and StarLeaf team up for video collaboration

ShoreTel and StarLeaf have partnered on integrated video collaboration in ShoreTel's UC-as-a-service platform, Connect CLOUD. The companies partnered to address growing demand for video conferencing to improve collaboration, employee communication and customer interactions.

ShoreTel conference calls can now be audio or video with multiple users. Connect CLOUD users can schedule a meeting from within the Connect client that includes a link to join a video conference call with other Connect CLOUD users or external users. StarLeaf has also joined the ShoreTel TechConnect partner program.

The integrated video collaboration is available to customers with essential, standard and advanced Connect CLOUD service plans for up to 24 participants at no additional charge. The integration does not require additional hardware.

Public cloud migrations expected to grow

More than half of organizations are not using public cloud services, but nearly 80% plan to do so in the next year, according to a survey of more than 200 IT professionals.

More than half of respondents said they plan to migrate web apps and developer systems to the public cloud in the next year. However, companies still struggle to determine what platforms and services to migrate to the cloud and when, according to the survey by app management service provider TriCore Solutions.

Organizations still rely on ERP systems to run their business, and only 20% of respondents expect to migrate ERP systems to the public cloud in the next year. Organizations are taking a hybrid approach to their IT infrastructure by keeping business-critical apps on premises and moving other apps to the cloud, according to the survey.

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