HP launches mobility-UC workshops for enterprises
ORLANDO, Fla.--HP launched on Tuesday mobility-unified communications workshops for enterprises as part of its technology services consulting business.
The purpose of the workshops is to engage business and IT teams in developing comprehensive enterprise mobility and UC strategy roadmaps.
"We believe that mobility and UC go hand-in-hand and that UC is a very important element of a mobility strategy for a company," Kitty Chow, worldwide portfolio marketing for technology services at HP (NYSE: HPQ), told FierceMobileIT at the EnterpriseConnect 2013 conference.
"The strategy workshop is about achieving alignment. So we recommend to our clients that they bring in IT and business stakeholders ... so that they can come to a common understanding of what they want to do with mobility and UC," Chow explained.
In addition, HP unveiled a 4120 VoIP phone optimized for Microsoft Office 365 with or without Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Lync UC infrastructure. The phone has a handset with a video display that provides access to calendars, contacts, unified messaging, voice mail and instant messaging through a USB that plugs into a PC or laptop.
HP has introduced new multiservice routers, which include the MSR survivable branch communication module and the new MSR open architecture platform, with the VMware (NYSE: VMW) vSpere series. HP said it is close to finalizing certification in Microsoft's Open Interoperability Program.
"What that does is it gives our routers voice gateway capabilities," explained Robert Jon Owyang, director of solutions marketing at HP Networking.
HP is ranked number two in enterprise routing and switching, explained Sam Rastogi, global product marketing manager with HP Networking. This claim is borne out by the latest IDC stats, which place HP in second place in the Ethernet switch and router market behind perennial leader Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO).
"We are taking networking, we are taking virtualization, we are taking voice gateway capabilities, consolidating all of the features into a single device--a branch in a box," Rastogi told FierceMobileIT. "The routers are based on open standards, such as SIP, and we are looking to build out third-party interoperability," he added.
Finally, HP unveiled a unified-communications-as-a-service, which combines HP Enterprise Services experience in deploying Microsoft Lync into an architecture with centralized monitoring of UC quality and performance.