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Security, quality of service are top concerns of enterprises moving UC apps to cloud

In moving unified communications applications to the cloud, enterprises are most concerned about security and quality of service, according to a survey of 177 medium and large organizations in North America by IHS Technology.

Vidyo, Mitel expand partners to bring HD videoconferencing to Mitel customers

Videoconferencing provider Vidyo and cloud-based unified communications firm Mitel announced Thursday a global expansion of their partnership to deliver high-definition video conferencing capabilities, including over mobile devices, to the enterprise.

TeleMate.Net aims to provide vendor-agnostic UC analytics tool

TeleMate.Net Software rolled out a unified communications analytics tool designed to sit across the entire UC stack. The company noted the new application provides customers with actionable data about the UC deployment.

4 challenges in migrating UC to the cloud

Cloud-based unified communications (UC) services may very well be the impetus enterprises need to finally adopt UC technologies, but migrating to the cloud creates another set of challenges. Mykola Konrad, vice president of cloud at Sonus Networks, said there are four major challenges enterprises need to consider and deal with when adopting cloud-based UC offerings.

UC to evolve into workstream collaboration, communications

Unified communications is one of those technology promises that has never lived up to the hype. Adoption has been slow. There are complaints that it's not as unified as vendors let on. And sometimes it's rather clunky and difficult to deploy and manage. But the next evolution is coming with a new way of communicating, according to David Michels, president of Verge1 Consulting.

UC poised for rapid growth through 2020

Although I don't remember the first time I heard the term "unified communications," I'm certain it was at least a decade ago. It followed the VoIP trend and was hinted by vendors as being the next big thing in enterprise communications.

Avaya expands Collaboration Pods to mid-size enterprise

Avaya is taking aim at mid-size enterprises with the release of what it's calling the Collaboration Pod 2400 series. The new all-in-one unified communications and contact center product includes pre-integrated networking, compute and storage. So basically, it's an all-in-one box for UC and collaboration.

Nectar and Cisco team up for UC SDN policy enforcement, monitoring

Nectar Services and Cisco are partnering on a unified communications software-defined networking product. By combining Cisco's Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module – or APIC-EM – and Nectar's Unified Communications Management Policy products, the combined UC-SDN solution aims to provide multi-vendor UC support across Cisco networks.

HP beefs up collaboration portfolio around Intel Unite, Skype and Chromebox

HP is rolling out new low-cost collaboration products based on Intel Unite software. The new products, which include collaboration-centric PCs and a videoconferencing monitor, aim to provide cost-effective ways to collaborate and hold real-time meetings.

As enterprises move toward single-vendor UC solutions, confusion will arise

Unified communications hasn't exactly lived up to the promise made oh so many years ago. The typical UC solution is a mishmash of hardware and software from different vendors that may or may not work together. The solution? Shift to a single-vendor UC solution. If only it was that simple.